I am now officially 3½ weeks post op from ankle replacement (star ) and anterior tendon repair in OC Ca. I went into this procedure hoping for pain relief and a return to functionality in my left ankle following a brutal compound fracture in Belize. After 2½ years of trying to nurse the ankle back to health with PT, PRP injections and surgeries it became obvious that replacement was my only option. I am still in pain, a lot of pain. I am still taking narcotic pain medication! My question for other patients is this - how long before the pain gets better? And in your experience, is this normal? Is it just the nature of an ankle replacement that the discomfort would last this long? I did have the complication of infection at 1 week post op, but that has been cleared up after 10 days of super antibiotics.