5 Steps to Speed Recovery After Total Ankle Replacement

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The benefits of a total ankle replacement can be significant but there’s a period of recovery that you need to conquer before getting back to your usual activities.

A total ankle replacement involves the removal of your damaged ankle joint. A new joint device made up of metal and plastic components is then put into place that acts just like your natural joint. The goal of surgery is to restore ankle functionality.

This is a major surgery and there is some period of recovery that can put you out of work and personal events for several weeks to ensure your ankle heals correctly.

Tips for a fast, safe recovery after an ankle replacement

Dr. Colón-Martínez provides you with the highest quality care before, during, and especially after your ankle replacement surgery, and it’s vital that you follow her instructions to ensure the proper recovery.

To make your recovery more efficient and effective, she offers these tips to help you on your journey:

1.Plan ahead for convenience

Because you’ll be limited in your activities during your recovery, you should put a plan in place at home and among loved ones. Some pre-planning options to consider include:

You should also plan to have someone available to help you drive home after you’re discharged from surgery.

2. Keep weight off your ankle

While you’ll eventually work to increase functionality in your ankle, you should plan to spend time off your feet after your surgery.

Elevating your ankle is important for reducing post-surgery swelling and inflammation. It can also reduce your level of pain. Ideally, you should use pillows to keep your ankle above your heart as much as possible for the first 1-2 weeks after surgery.

3. Follow exercise instructions carefully

After a week of rest, Dr. Colón-Martínez may recommend you start brief periods of exercise to increase the range of motion in your ankle joint. These exercises won’t require putting weight on your ankle in the early days, but can keep your blood flowing and encourage internal healing.

Following your post-surgery checkup, Dr. Colón-Martínez may have you begin daily exercises to slowly start putting more weight on your ankle joint. She may also recommend physical therapy appointments to further your movement and speed up your healing.

4. Be aware of warning signs

Because only you know your body and how you feel, it’s important to be aware of any indications that you’re not healing like you should.

Following surgery, you should check the surgical area daily for any signs of infection. These signs may include excessive swelling, increased pain, or a persistent fever.

You also need to be mindful of the warning signs for blood clots, a potentially serious side effect of surgery. Typically, signs of a blood clot include severe swelling and tenderness in your legs.

Report any issues or changes in the appearance or feelings in your legs, ankle, or feet to Dr. Colón-Martínez immediately.

5. Stay on track with appointments

The only way to be sure your ankle is healing properly is to keep your appointments with Dr. Colón-Martínez. She can perform thorough evaluations of your ankle to ensure your recovery is progressing, and that there are no additional concerns that can complicate your health.

Follow-up appointments also give you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you have about your next steps for recovery.

Preparing for a successful total ankle replacement surgery does take some planning. With the diligent guidance of Dr. Colón-Martínez and her staff, you can look forward to a better quality of life and a significant improvement in your ankle functionality.

Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about the benefits of total ankle replacement surgery.

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