Lateral Ligament Reconstruction

Indications for operation

Torn ligaments on the outside of the ankle resulting in instability.


The operation will normally be performed while you're asleep under a general anaesthetic.

Operation type



A 3-4cm slightly curved incision is made over the outside of the ankle.


The torn ligaments are identified and inspected. The tissue on the outside on the ankle is advanced and tightened, restoring stability to the ankle joint.

Wound closure

The wounds are closed with absorbable stitches.


Dressings are placed over the stitches and a below knee plaster applied to the leg.

Immediate aftercare

When you wake up you will have a plaster on the ankle but can get up and about when you feel able. However, you will not be allowed to put any weight on the leg so must hop. You will be able to return home once you are able to manage with the crutches and your surgeon and anaesthetist are happy. An outpatient's appointment will be arranged for you for 2-3 weeks after the operation.

Your ankle will remain in plaster for six weeks, at which stage you may be able to start putting some weight on the leg. You may require a removable brace for a few weeks after the plaster is removed.


All operations carry small risks of complications. Whilst these are very rare, they need to be balanced against the potential benefits and this is something that your surgeon will discuss with you in detail before the operation. The specific risks for lateral ligament reconstruction are wound infection, injury to a small nerve, stiffness.

Our practice covers the following hospitals:

Parkside Hospital
For appointments phone : 0208 971 8026

St Anthony's Hospital
For appointments phone : 0208 335 4678

Ashtead Hospital
For appointments phone : 01372 221441

New Victoria Hospital
For appointments phone : 0208 9499000

Clock House Hospital
For appointments phone : 01372 840837