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Hello. I fractured my ankle the day after Christmas in Cambodia. Originally, it was a lateral malleolus fibula fracture, non-displaced. I flew to Taiwan (I have family here) right after, and saw a Taiwan doctor. He gave me a short air cast. I had my second followup with him, and now he said that my fracture is now displaced (3 weeks after the incident), and there is a gap from my heel bone and foot bone, and he is recommending ORIF surgery.
I'm terrified of surgery. How could it have gotten worse? I am flying back to the states and seeing a US orthopedic on Tuesday. My ankle looks normal, and it hasn't hurt in the past week. I've been non-weight bearing. I am currently wearing a tall walking boot, and I have my foot bound inside the boot.
Is it necessary to have the ORIF surgery? I've read that there can be a lot of complications from the surgery. On the tradeoff, if I do not get the surgery, I might develop early arthritis. Does ORIF surgery ensure that we won't develop arthritis? Is there any alternatives?
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