Based on your medical history, physical examination, and review of your x-rays, your doctor is recommending that you have surgery to fix your broken ankle.
The ankle is the most frequently injured joint in the body, accounting for up to 1 in every 10 emergency room visits.
Most ankle sprains and some fractures are minor and can be treated without surgery by using a cast, walking boot or brace. Other fractures are more severe and with these, surgery is recommended to provide the best conditions for rehabilitating the broken ankle.
Through their experience, orthopedic doctors have learned which type of fractures respond well to non-surgical methods, and which fractures respond better with surgery.
At this time, your doctor feels that ankle surgery is appropriate for your particular situation.