Recovering from ankle replacement surgery
Here are some general tips which may help you recover more quickly and easily after your operation:
- Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty. This will keep your body hydrated and may also prevent or ease constipation, a known side effect of certain medications.
- Your appetite may be poor for a while, but it will return. If you can't manage two or three large meals, eat small amounts of nourishing food several times a day or whenever you feel hungry.
- If you have trouble sleeping at night, avoid day-time napping. Keep to a regular bed-time.
- It's not unusual to feel that your energy is low for several weeks after this kind of operation. Set realistic goals. Don't plan to accomplish lots of projects. Instead, save your energy to get through the tasks of daily living and rehabilitation.
- If you need help, ask for it.
IMPORTANT: Be patient with yourself in the first days after your surgery. Don’t be afraid to share your concerns with your Care Team. This is probably the first time you’ve had joint replacement surgery. But your surgeon, nurses and therapists have helped many patients just like you to get better and return to their normal live