The recovery process for ankle fusion surgery typically varies based on individual circumstances and the extent of the surgery. However, here is a general guideline:

Hospital Stay

Ankle fusion surgery usually requires a hospital stay of 1 to 3 days.


After surgery, the ankle is often placed in a cast or splint to keep it stable. The cast may extend beyond the knee to ensure no movement is in the ankle joint. Some surgeons may use a removable boot or brace instead.

Non weight-bearing period

Patients are typically advised to avoid putting weight on the operated leg for approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Crutches or a wheelchair may be necessary during this phase.

Physical therapy

Once the initial healing period is over, physical therapy is initiated to regain ankle strength, flexibility, and balance. Exercises may include range of motion, stretching, and resistance training.

Gradual weight-bearing

Eventually, weight bearing will be introduced in a gradual and controlled manner as determined by the surgeon and physical therapist.

Pain management

Pain medication is usually prescribed initially to manage post-surgical discomfort. Transitioning to over-the-counter pain relievers may occur as pain subsides.

Return to normal activities

Full recovery may take several months to a year. Individuals may return to regular activities, but high-impact activities or sports involving repetitive stress on the ankle joint may be limited.

It is important to note that every patient is unique, and the recovery timeline may vary. Strictly following the surgeon’s post-operative instructions, attending all follow-up appointments, and actively engaging in physical therapy will contribute to a successful recovery.