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After Ankle Arthroscopy

After surgery, your joint may be swollen, painful, and stiff. Recovery times can vary. Your surgeon will tell you when to resume activity. If you had a loose body, bone spur, or OCD removed, you may be able to bear weight when the pain is gone. With a secured OCD, you may need to wear a surgical boot or cast, limit weight-bearing, and use crutches for some time.

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At Home

Follow your surgeon’s guidelines for healing:

  • Elevate and ice your ankle.

  • Limit weight-bearing as instructed.

  • Use a bandage to compress your ankle.

  • When you shower, cover your ankle with plastic to keep it dry.

  • Take pain medicine as directed.


The checklist below helps remind you what to do after arthroscopy.

☐ Schedule your first follow-up visit for 5 days after surgery.

☐ Take care of your incision and bathe as directed.

☐ Complete your physical therapy program.

☐ You can do these activities right away:



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