How long does it take to recover from ankle fusion surgery?

An ankle fusion surgery combines your ankle bones into one bone. It reduces the symptoms of ankle arthritis including pain, inflammation and swelling. If you wear footwear recommended by your healthcare provider then you might not have a limp. Recovery time is usually six to 12 weeks.

Can you walk normally after ankle fusion?

You should anticipate at least a 12-week period of convalescence at home before you are able to resume your normal activities. You will need to use crutches when walking or climbing stairs as you will not be able to bear weight through the ankle.

Is ankle fusion an arthrodesis?

Ankle fusion is a type of surgery to fuse the bones of your ankle into one piece. It’s also known as ankle arthrodesis. The surgery is usually done to treat arthritis in the ankle. The ankle joint is also called the tibiotalar joint.

Does ankle fusion lead to amputation?

Amputation after fusion occurs in up to 15 percent of all cases of ankle fusion. The reasons for this vary from patient to patient. Sometimes the bone doesn’t “take” and the joint doesn’t fuse.

How long does an ankle fusion last?

While the artificial ankle can wear out and may need to be replaced, research shows 90% are still functioning well 10 years after surgery.

What happens if ankle fusion fails?

A failed fusion can ultimately result in amputation. Risks for poor outcomes include smoking, noncompliance (walking on it early or removing your brace against your doctor’s advice), poorly controlled diabetes, and poor bone density.

How long is non weight bearing after foot fusion?

You will begin to move the ankle joint and toes. You will not be able to put weight onto the foot for a total of 8-10 weeks after surgery. You will remain in the boot for about 12-14 weeks after surgery and will continue to increase your activity at that point.

Do you have to wear special shoes after ankle fusion?

You will probably need modified or specially-designed shoes that have a slip-resistant sole and/or provide ankle joint support to prevent twisting.

Can you drive with a fused ankle?

Arthroscopic Ankle Fusion Driving is usally not possible until 3 months post surgery unless surgery to left foot only and automatic vehicle.

Can you drive a car with a fused ankle?