Does a Talus Fracture Require Surgery?
In situations where the fracture is minimally displaced or when medical conditions limit the feasibility of surgical intervention, non-operative treatment will be recommended. Treatment will require 6-8 weeks of immobilization in a cast with no weight on the injured leg.
What is Talus Fracture Surgery?
Surgical intervention is recommended for most displaced fractures of the talus. The goal of surgical intervention is to restore anatomic alignment of the talus and surrounding bones. Fixation is completed with screws or a plate and screw construct. In some cases, a bone graft may be necessary in order to restore the original anatomical structure.
How Long is the Recovery after Talus Fracture Surgery?
Following surgery to repair a fractured talus, a period of immobilization is necessary. The patient is typically non-weight bearing for 6-12 weeks. During the recovery period, our team will conduct thorough follow-up using MRI scanning or X-rays to make sure the bones are healing properly and that the natural blood supply is returning to the affected area. Occasionally, the bone does not heal appropriately leading to a serious condition called avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis which puts the bones at risk for collapsing. Only time will tell how the injury will recover and if arthritis or osteonecrosis will develop. If this occurs, our team will work to develop a treatment plan for the associated symptoms.