Dec 3, 2019 Update
On Dec 3rd I had a review with the surgeon. After some debate, he concluded to delay the operation for a week. I'm now scheduled for Dec 11th. This time it is unlikely there will be any additional delay. Swelling has diminished but the area around the ankle is still a bit tight. The surgeon has developed a structural plan for the operation that includes a plate and rod along with screws to assemble the set.
So, I wait an additional week and hope for a skinny ankle.