Q. Does ankle surgery increase the risk of ischemic stroke?

Answered by
Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 03, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am a 49-year-old male. Is it possible to suffer from an ischemic stroke as a result of ankle surgery? The stroke is on the left side of the brain causing paralysis in my right side. I am healthy otherwise.

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

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Hello,

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If you were immobilized for a few days after the surgery there is a possibility in the development of deep vein thrombosis in a male above 40 years of age. If suppose that thrombus got dislodged, it may traveled to the brain resulting in ischemic stroke.

The possibility is low, as almost all the venous origin embolus are filtered out in the lungs before reaching the brain but in case you have any defect in your heart then, it is quite possible.

The other possibility might be any carotid narrowing which lead to the development of an intra-arterial thrombus formation other than thrombus origin in left side of the heart.


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