Hello again!

Well, had surgery on Monday…

Monday, October 20.
Hopped in the cab, got to the doctor’s office around 8am – 45 minutes early! Unbelievably light traffic through Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush – a byproduct of the credit crunch, or sheer luck?

His office is in a row of old townhouses, 4-storey tall. There are a few other offices in thee same townhouse, and they all share a reception room with a fireplace downstairs, furnished with antique divans, vases and coffee tables, and with art books laid out throughout.
The office is on the 3rd floor. No big deal – there is a lift in the back of the townhouse. The thing is though that it stops BETWEEN floors. So – you can ride to 3.5 and take a flight of stairs down, or ride to 2.5 and take the stairs up. An odd spot for an orthopedic. He should trade places with the dentist on the ground floor.

Mr. Ortho2 said that there is no question that there is a complete rupture, which he can repair later the same day. I still had my doubts after Mr. Ortho1 being so adamant that there is only a partial rupture, so I insisted on an MRI.

MRI was done by 11am, and they gave me the CD with images to take back to the doctor. So – I gave the CD to Mr. Orhto2’s secretary, and was told to wait downstairs.
Mr. Ortho2 came down 5 minutes later supposedly after taking a look at the MRI, and said that the MRI confirms the complete tear, in the upper 1/3 of the tendon, and once again he recommends surgery, which he is ready to do later the same day.

For the life of me I can’t figure out how can you possibly see the upper 1/3 of the Achilles in these images – looks like they only go a couple of inches above the ankle. I’ve posted my entire MRI here , if anyone is interested.

I’ve grown even more paranoid after my diagnosis changed twice, so here is another question to the group:
Question 2: Can someone point out to me in which particular image can you see the tear?

Anyway, I went along with his recommendation, and checked in for surgery.

They knocked me out around 5pm, and I woke up around 6 with a cast. Spent Monday night in the hospital, checked out yesterday morning, now at home with my leg  propped up on a pile of pillows.


2 Responses to “Post-op”

  1. A,
    Well I’ve had a good look and can’t see anything obvious. A few people on the site have asked for a copy of their operation report. These reports are done by the surgeons either during or just after the procedure - ask for yours that should clear up in your mind exactly whats going or gone on

  2. Addict,

    The image on your post depicts the tear. The tendon is white coming off your heel and you can see where the tear is, it should be continous and yours is obvious. The other images on your link were too dark to actually see. I would do a google search on Ruptured Achilles MRI and I’m sure you’ll be able to find one and then correlate with yours. I actually had them video my surgery, being a Doc I wanted to see details.
    Read as many posts as possible so you’ll get an idea of what’s in store for you.
    Good luck and let us know if you have any other questions

    Doc Ross

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