In a total ankle replacement, your surgeon will replace the damaged parts of the joint with custom-made synthetic implants and/or surfaces. This is typically done under general anesthesia, ensuring that you will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
This total ankle replacement surgery generally takes between 2.5 to 3 hours, during which you will be asleep, and takes place in a hospital or surgery center. A brief hospital stay may be expected and allows healthcare professionals to monitor your initial healing and assist you in managing any pain.
What to Expect During Recovery After Total Ankle Replacement
Many people find that their discomfort begins to recede a few days after surgery, and often find themselves in less pain than they were prior to the ankle replacement. Initially, you can expect to be in a splint and require the use of crutches. It is essential for the ankle to not bear any weight for 3-4 weeks post-surgery, as this can disturb the incision. After the splint is removed, you will likely graduate to a boot or cast.
Physical therapy can often begin around 6 weeks after surgery, depending on your healing and your surgeon’s recommendation. It is important to keep all follow up appointments after your ankle replacement, and to carefully monitor your incision for any sign of infection.
Total Ankle Replacement Surgeon
If you are interested in learning more about total ankle replacement surgery, connect with our team to see if you are a good candidate! Dr. McDonald is a board-certified ankle surgeon who has years of experience helping patients with all types of foot and ankle conditions. Contact us today to request an appointment!