About the Ankle Surgery Procedure

Ankle surgery recovery time will vary from individual to individual — not surprisingly. For most patients, the time to recover for ankle surgery will last a few to several months. But, this is an oversimplification. So, let’s take a look at what to expect from undergoing ankle surgery, including what it is, how long it takes to recover, and some helpful healing tips.

About the Ankle Surgery Procedure

Okay, for those who aren’t familiar and are looking for some preliminary information about ankle surgery, we’ll start with what it is. Generally, ankle surgery is an outpatient procedure. The doctor will make an incision to work with the ankle, usually to treat arthritis, bone problems, and/or other issues.

Typically, the surgeon will fuse the bones together, most often with plates, and possibly perform some level of bone grafting. (All of the particulars depend on the patient’s needs and the surgeon’s recommendations.)

Ankle Surgery Recovery Time

Now, as for ankle surgery recovery time, one can expect for the initial period to last between 8 and 12 weeks. During this time, patients are usually fitted with a cast. For the full recovery period from the time the procedure ends until the patient can utilize the use of his or her foot, takes about 4 to 6 months.

Ankle Surgery Recovery Tips

To aid in recovering as quickly as possible, ankle surgery patients should rest as much as possible, staying off their foot. A well balanced diet is highly recommended.

Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions and advice to ensure a more rapid and productive recovery.