How Long Is Recovery on Ankle Surgery?


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Recovery from ankle surgery can take anywhere from two days to two years depending on the patient and the reason for the surgery, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Arthroscopic surgery generally has a short recovery time, while ankle fracture surgery takes much longer on average.

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Arthroscopic surgery uses tiny instruments to repair damaged tissue, and this minimally invasive technique often has patients resuming normal activities in just a few days with full recovery in a few weeks, says the AAOS. Ankle fracture surgery has a significantly longer recovery time with patients returning to normal activities other than sports within a few months but taking up to two years for a full recovery, advises the AAOS.

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