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Syndesmosis missed?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 12, 2010
  • 04:55 PM

I broke my ankle in 2003 with fractures of the medial malleolus and posterior malleous and associated fracture of the proximal fibular, I had compression screws to the malleous and another screw to maintain the distal tibio-fibular syndesmosis about 10 days after the accident during which time I had to stay in hospital due to the ankle being incongruent with a step of 2mm. Just under 7 weeks the cast came off and the fixing screw removed and was given physio, which was slow going as had no movement in my ankle after the cast came off.

I kept going back to my consultant due to pain, they found via xray that the screws had come loose, so I had and op to remove them, I was still getting pain whilst walking and had a MRI in 2007 which came back with severe degenerative changes at the ankle joint, calcaneocuboid joint and talo-navicular joint, and subchondral bone necrosis at the distal articular surface of tibia, so I had arthroscopy for that.

2009 I was sent to another hospital as the hopsital I had been under said they couldn't do anymore for me, but I still had pain whilst walking. I had an xray at the new hospital whilst standing on the affected ankle whch I hadn't had before and they could clearly see the gap between the two bones was larger than it should have been. I was sent for MRI, which I didn't get a copy of the report, so I am not sure what that came back with, but was sent off for another arthroscopy which I am now told that there isn't anything holding the two bones together, they showed me pictures that they took during arthroscopy where they put one of the tools between the two bones and I was told that they shouldn't be able to do that, that the space should be filled with tissue.

I am now waiting for another operation to fix the bones back together, well I was told it was that or fusing the ankle in place, but due to my age they don't want to do that yet, although if this operation doesn't help with the pain I get whilst walking I will still have to have my ankle fused.

I feel angry that this has been missed for all this time, well more so as it was picked up so quickly at another hospital, and also how much damage has been caused due to this being missed for so long.

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