When You Were in the Hospital
You had an ankle replacement. Your surgeon removed and reshaped damaged bones, and put in an artificial ankle joint.
You received pain medicine and were shown how to treat swelling around your new ankle joint.
What to Expect at Home
Your ankle area may feel warm and tender for 4 to 6 weeks.
You will need help with daily chores such as driving, shopping, bathing, making meals, housework for up to 6 weeks. You will need to keep weight off of the foot for 10 to 12 weeks. Recovery can take 3 to 6 months. It may take up to 6 months before you return to normal activity levels.