Published: Sept. 28, 2009
Updated: Nov. 11, 2010
You cannot put weight on your ankle replacement for six weeks following surgery. While you are in the hospital, a physical therapist will share movement tips and precautions based on your surgery.
The therapist will work with you on:
Most patients will not need physical therapy after discharge from the hospital. However, your doctor will give you specific exercises to perform as you start to put weight on the ankle and progress to exercising the ankle.
Most people will not need occupational therapy after total ankle replacement. However, during your hospital stay, your doctor may consult the occupational therapist for additional support as necessary.
Helpful items after surgery include:
These items can be purchased or rented from a medical supply store or catalog. If you already have crutches, walker, or kneeling roller aid, please bring them to the hospital with you.
Your physical therapist will also evaluate what additional equipment you may need at home and make recommendations for your discharge plan.
Prior to the day of your surgery, please take a moment to ask yourself these questions and make arrangements as needed.
Do you have transportation home? Make sure there is someone to take you home and the vehicle is large enough so you can get in and out of the car easily.
Do you have someone to stay with you for the first week after discharge from the hospital? You will need assistance as you move from one location to another and get settled into a regular routine.
Can you stay on the ground floor of your house for the first few weeks after surgery?
Have you planned for your postoperative visit? Most people have their first follow-up appointment three weeks after going home. You will get an appointment time at discharge.
Will you need any other medications? This issue will be addressed at the time of discharge, and prescriptions will be provided to you as required.
If you have any additional needs, they will be reviewed and addressed at the time of discharge. Your doctor, nurse, and physical therapist will make sure you are prepared and ready to go home.