How do I get ready for ankle replacement surgery?

You might have to stop taking blood-thinning medication ahead of time. Your medical team will let you know about this and any other precaution you should take.

If you smoke, it is recommended to stop smoking before the ankle replacement procedure. You should let your medical team know about any medication you take, including over-the-counter pills, as well as any recent changes in your health such as fever. You may need to rethink your living arrangements as you recover because you’ll need to use crutches for several weeks. Follow the instructions and don’t drink or eat anything after midnight the night before your surgery.

Consult with your doctors before surgery

  • Your primary care doctor should examine you to make sure you're healthy enough to have the procedure.
  • The physical therapist will examine your ankle and teach you how to use the crutches or walker.
  • The anesthesiologist will keep you pain-free during surgery. On the day of your operation, he will explain the type of anesthesia he will use during your surgery.

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