Trimalleolar Fracture without surgery

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Hi all, I have a trimalleolar ankle fracture with minimal displacement. The ortho doc recommended surgery, but I don't have insurance. He considered it reasonable to cast it for this first two weeks and then re-evaluate. Has anyone had a similar break and healed without surgery? What was your experience? Thank you!

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    Hi Kara. First of all Im sorry this has happened to you. If you are in California you can get on Medi-Cal, and that will cover the surgery If its needed. I had a trimalleor fracture but had surgery. My best for you. Hope you can get some answers on here.


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    So sorry Kara

    I had same fracture and had surgery

    My ortho gave me option of cast for 8!weeks and "maybe" it would heal or the surgery with cast off in 4 weeks and into boot with 25% body weight

    I didnt feel like cast for 8 weeks without guarantee! And if it didnt heal then start all over so I opted for surgery

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    I had trimalleolar ankle fracture Feb 2019. It's been a very long road and still not back to normal. I've broken my ankle before but not such a severe fracture. I had no choice but to have the surgery. I think you should get a second opinion and seek out help via medicaid or something your state might offer to the uninsured to pay for your surgery. I wish you well.

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      Thank you! I did get a second opinion~ of course surgery is recommended, but because the displacement is minimal, he also thought it was reasonable to cast it. Both said that there is an increased risk of arthritis in the future regardless. I don't qualify for any state programs, but fortunately get a self-pay discount.

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