Ankle Arthroscopy: A Guide to Recovery After Surgery www.rebalancemd.com • 104 - 3551 Blanshard St. Victoria BC V8Z 0B9 • tel 250 940 4444 • fax 250 385 9600 Page 1 April 2015 v1/S. While on pain meds the crutches in particular were dangerous and the scooter was too tall for me even on the lowest setting so it wasn't working either. 10/23/15 started physical therapy, NWB exercises. PHASE II (begin after meeting Phase I criteria, usually 6 weeks after surgery) Appointments • Rehabilitation appointments are 1–2 times per week Rehabilitation Goals • Reduce swelling • Increase ankle ROM in all planes • Weight-bearing tolerance in boot with safe ADL progression in standing • Increase mobility of scar Weight bearing after ankle surgery is a topic still in debate among physicians and physical therapists alike. 9/6/15 broke ankle, couldn’t walk, NWB. The next day I had the other surgery to fix the ankle. Both types are used to help control post … Displaced, unstable fractures are often best served by open ORIF. After weeks of non weight bearing and then weight bearing in a boot, (knee scooter save me) I’m at the point now where I am walking in a shoe with an ankle … Removal of postoperative dressing. Re: Issues when it comes to non-weight bearing after ankle surgery I have a bad knee on the good foot side, and tried to use a combination of scooter and crutches after my foot surgey. The recovery process has been very depressing and emotional. You generally return to the doctor for a follow-up visit about one week after surgery. Keep the postoperative dressing dry. 9/17/15 ankle surgery, in cast, not allowed to walk. Depending on the type of surgery you had you will either get a popliteal block ( numb from the knee down) or an ankle block ( numb from the ankle down ). This is called non-weight bearing and means you cannot put any weight at all on the operated foot, until your doctor says that it is safe to do so. 11/19/15 started “driving” practice. Ice for comfort. The late weight-bearing group was transitioned from a splint to a cast with continued non-weight-bearing. 3-4 weeks in a boot walker with full weight-bearing. Elevate the leg for comfort. This is taken on and off to shower/bathe and sleep. Almost all people who sustain ankle fractures experience some loss of 10/1/15 cast removed, stitches removed, given walking boot but still NWB. Immediately following surgery, patients are typically restricted in weight bearing on the involved limb and wear a short leg splint, cast or boot for an average of 6-12 weeks, per the surgeon’s discretion. 11/12/15 released by doctor, allowed to walk, FWB. 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