Orthopaedic Surgeon Questions Orthopaedic Surgeon

How long does it take to recover from ankle surgery?

I am a 33 year old male. I want to know how long does it take to recover from ankle surgery?

7 Answers

6-8 weeks
Depends greatly on the technique and type of surgery. From 2-4 months.
It all depends on the extent of the damage and complexity of the repair. This question should be asked of your surgeon
There are many conditions which warrant ankle surgery. And not all ankle surgeries are equal with respect to recovery. Some surgeries can be done with a camera and a small incision, while other situations are far more complex. Your surgeon should have a good discussion with you regarding not only your surgery, but the different phases of your recovery process.
Depends on the ankle surgery, but most patients I tell, if you are having a scope done, it is about 2 months. Any broken ankle or ligament fix, you want to give yourself 4 months to be back to normal.
It depends on what type of surgery you are having. An Achilles tendon repair (takes about 3 months to heal) takes longer to heal than an ankle fracture (takes about 6-8 weeks to heal). An exostectomy/resection of extra bone/removal of a Haglund's deformity at the heel does not take long to heal, in the grand scheme of foot and ankle surgery (about 2.5-3 weeks for healing). A lateral ankle stabilization procedure to strengthen the ankle ligaments can take 2-3 months to heal. An ankle arthroscopy only takes about 1 month to heal. A repair of an osteochondral defect may take several months to heal. It all depends on what the pathology is and what the proposed surgery is.
Recovery from surgery will vary based on may factors, including what procedure(s) were performed. I recommend you discuss with a foot and ankle surgeon (podiatrist) your particular case