Bimalleolar fracture

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Bimalleolar fracture
Surgically treated bimalleolar fracture

A bimalleolar fracture is a fracture of the ankle that involves the lateral malleolus and the medial malleolus. Studies have shown[1] that bimalleolar fractures are more common in women, people over 60 years of age, and patients with existing comorbidities.[1]

Surgical treatment will often be required, usually an Open Reduction Internal Fixation. This involves the surgical reduction, or realignment, of the fracture followed by the implementation of surgical implants to aid in the healing of the fracture.[2]

According to some studies, patients with bimalleolar fractures had significantly worse function in the ankle one year after surgical treatment. After recovering fully from their fractures, the majority of patients experience little to mild pain and have few restrictions in functionality.[1]

Radiographs of ankle showing bimalleolar fracture

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tejwani, Nirmal; et al. (2007). "Are Outcomes of Bimalleolar Fractures Poorer Than Those of Lateral Malleolar Fractures with Medial Ligamentous Injury?". Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 89 (7): 1438–1441. doi:10.2106/JBJS.F.01006. PMID 17606780. Archived from the original on 15 February 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
  2. Verettas, D.A.; et al. (July 2008). "Talar body fracture combined with bimalleolar fracture". Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery. 128 (7): 731–734. doi:10.1007/s00402-007-0475-8. PMID 17940778. S2CID 21385700.

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