The ankle is one of the most used joints of the entire body, and the articular surfaces of the ankle can break down and need to be replaced with a total ankle replacement. If you are facing ankle replacement surgery, you will likely have some concerns. Here is a look at some of the things you should know about ankle replacement before the surgery takes place.
How successful is ankle replacement surgery?
Total ankle replacement surgery is considered to be a highly successful surgery. A 90 percent patient satisfaction rate after surgery, is quoted by recent studies. Once you have had the surgery and fully recovered, you should have a better range of motion with your ankle and more stable mobility as you move. If you have issues with the replacement, be open about your concerns with the doctor after surgery. In some cases, adjustments can be made to help you be more satisfied with the outcome of the replacement.
How long will you have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
The length of time you have to stay in the hospital after surgery can depend on your individual circumstances. However, it is common for most patients to go home within two or three days after the surgery is complete as long as everything is going well. If there are issues after surgery or the wounds are not closing properly, you may have to stay a bit longer. The purpose of staying after surgery is to make sure there are no complications and your pain levels are well-managed before you go home to start your recovery.
How should you prepare for surgery at home after ankle replacement?
You will have a recovery period at home after you have left the hospital, and it is best if you prepare for the recovery process in advance, especially if you do not have anyone living with you to provide assistance. You should:
- Make arrangements so you can avoid stairs for your recovery period
- Rearrange furniture to make room for the use of a walker or crutches
- Stock your fridge with nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals
Standing for long periods will be difficult, and getting around will be a bit of a challenge. You will likely be required to avoid putting weight on the new ankle for a while after surgery, so do what you can around the house before surgery with that idea in mind.