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How long does post-surgical ankle rehab last?

April 17th, 2019
Ankle Surgery Rehab

If you’re considering an ankle surgery, you may be wondering how long post-surgical ankle rehab lasts. Luckily, there’s an experienced physical therapy team that can answer your post-surgical rehab questions.

At Rehab Access, we’ve worked closely with doctors in Gretna and Belle Chasse, Louisiana, and communities nearby for 20 years. During that time, our team has built great relationships with many of these doctors. This close relationship may benefit you when you need surgery. Our team will work closely with you and your doctor to build a personalized post-surgical rehab program, and our plans may reduce how long post-surgical ankle rehab takes because they’re designed specifically for your needs.

Reasons we may be able to reduce how long your post-surgical ankle rehab takes

If you’re worried about how long your post-surgical ankle rehab may take, you should consider working with our team at Rehab Access.

Ankle surgery is typically performed for one of three reasons. It may be used to stabilize and promote healing in ankle fractures. Ankle surgery is also used to repair ankle ligaments that have become torn or detached. A third reason it’s used is to replace the ankle joint when it has been damaged by arthritis.

Recovering from ankle surgery can take anywhere from two to six months, and the physical therapy used to aid your recovery is likely to take up about six to eight weeks of this time. There are many factors that can affect your recovery time after ankle surgery. For instance, the type of surgery and how long it lasts are two such factors. Another factor that may affect your recovery time is how well you plan for the period after your surgery.

Some things you can plan before surgery that may decrease your post-surgery recovery time include:

  • Arranging for necessary medical assistance devices like crutches or a knee walker
  • Having someone to help you around the house
  • Learning how to use elevation and icing to relieve swelling and inflammation
  • Setting up your post-surgery physical therapy

Our team is ready to create a physical therapy program for your post-surgical rehab. All you have to do to get our help is take one initial step before your surgery.

Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.