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I'm about to have an ankle arthroscopy, does anyone know how long I will be on crutches for?

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Dr. Vlad Gendelman
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Variable

Some people who have an ankle arthroscopy only use crutches for about a day.
Others use it for weeks. Everybody's different and everybody's pain tolerance is different. If you shoot for 1 day you'll be better off then if you plan to use them for 1 month.

In brief: Variable

Some people who have an ankle arthroscopy only use crutches for about a day.
Others use it for weeks. Everybody's different and everybody's pain tolerance is different. If you shoot for 1 day you'll be better off then if you plan to use them for 1 month.
Dr. Vlad Gendelman
Dr. Vlad Gendelman
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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 1-6 weeks.

Ankle arthroscopy is just a techniques that allows access to the inner portions of the ankle with the least amount of damage to normal tissue getting there.
Simple procedures like cleaning out scar tissue(impingement) can allow walking on it within a week. Chondroplasty(fixing cartilage damage)may require 4-6 weeks no weight. Follow your doctors advice with pain as your "consultant" (as tolerated).

In brief: 1-6 weeks.

Ankle arthroscopy is just a techniques that allows access to the inner portions of the ankle with the least amount of damage to normal tissue getting there.
Simple procedures like cleaning out scar tissue(impingement) can allow walking on it within a week. Chondroplasty(fixing cartilage damage)may require 4-6 weeks no weight. Follow your doctors advice with pain as your "consultant" (as tolerated).
Dr. Steven Sheskier
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Dr. Robert Meislin
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ankle arthroscopy

Depending on what is done the range may be for several days up to a couple of months.
A straight forward debridement for synovial impingement can be progressed rapidly compared to a microfracture of the talus for ocd that will require at least 6 weeks of non weightbearing.

In brief: Ankle arthroscopy

Depending on what is done the range may be for several days up to a couple of months.
A straight forward debridement for synovial impingement can be progressed rapidly compared to a microfracture of the talus for ocd that will require at least 6 weeks of non weightbearing.
Dr. Robert Meislin
Dr. Robert Meislin
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

It depends on what exactly is planned for your arthroscopy; joint lining clean up, repair of talar dome lesion, ligament repair, etc.
Non weight bearing can be anywhere from just a few days to as long as 6 weeks. You should discuss the surgical plan with your surgeon as he or she is best suited to fully answer this for you.

In brief: Depends

It depends on what exactly is planned for your arthroscopy; joint lining clean up, repair of talar dome lesion, ligament repair, etc.
Non weight bearing can be anywhere from just a few days to as long as 6 weeks. You should discuss the surgical plan with your surgeon as he or she is best suited to fully answer this for you.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Rudolf Zak
Podiatry

In brief: Ankle arthroscopy

Depends. If you are just having an arthroscopy with debridement than two weeks non weight bearing.
If there is more extensive work done than. Two weeks non weight bearing followed by a walking boot for another 2-4 weeks.

In brief: Ankle arthroscopy

Depends. If you are just having an arthroscopy with debridement than two weeks non weight bearing.
If there is more extensive work done than. Two weeks non weight bearing followed by a walking boot for another 2-4 weeks.
Dr. Rudolf Zak
Dr. Rudolf Zak
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