1 week post op

Hi everyone,

 I tore my achilles back in Nov. 07 playing floor hockey and was in a boot until January. My doctor and I agreed to try the non surgical approach 1st. Unfortunately, I have the distinction of being the 1st of his patients that didn’t make a complete recovery (I feel SOOO special).

I had my surgery 4/9 and have been elevating my leg ever since. I only needed the pain meds for 2 days and haven’t had any pain since. Unlike most people, I’m not in a cast. I have splints around the lower leg wrapped in an ace bandage. I also got a Tense 3000 which is supposed to reduce healing time. It transmits electrical impulses to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation. I’ll let everyone know if it works.

For me, the worst part is the boredom. There’s only so much daytime TV you can watch. I have however discovered Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares on BBC America on satelite, so that can be entertaining. Other than that, my wife has been a huge help. She’s got more patience than I do and has been very good putting up with my crap.  

I have my first post op visit this Friday (4/18). I’ll update then.

7 Responses to “1 week post op”

  1. Bill - Wow..what a story. Did you rerupture during your recovery…or did you just opt for surgery based on how it was healing? I was in a splint too for the first two weeks…you can see a pic on my blog: http://achillesblog.com/brendan/2008/03/11/day-7-post-op/

    Interesting about the tense unit…my wife used one for pain management during childbirth…will be interested to hear how it works out.

  2. Yep. I had been in a boot for 2 months and had just gotten out of it for about a month. Unfortunately, I got in too much of a hurray and tore whatever was left going up some stairs.

  3. Sorry Bill…I just realized I asked you how you tore your AT again..but you had already told me :)

    There are quite a few folks on this site now..I sometimes get confused as to who I’ve talked to already! :)

  4. Bill - I had a splint for about 2 weeks…I think because it does better with a cast than swelling.

    Sorry the non-surgical technique didn’t work for you. It’s so easy to get in a hurry, for sure. The Tense 3000 sounds liek a good idea and would be consistent with Doc Ross’ comments I believe. I had a “Game Ready” which is an icing machine. Insurance declined reimbursement…called it non-essential…maybe but I feel like it saved my life.

  5. I just had my 1st post op visit this morning and it went really well. I’m out of the splint and in a boot (still NWB) and don’t have to keept my foot elevated any more. That feels so much better. I have a really nice incision; about 6- 8 inches long and the doc said it’s healing well. The doc also gave me my timeline. NWB for at least the next week and if all goes well, out of the boot in 8- 10 weeks. I cannot wait. LIMPING SUCKS!!!

  6. Bill - Glad your appt went well. Even though you don’t have to elevate, you may find some advantages to continuing to do so. It really depends on the individual, but I continued to elevate for a good 4-5 weeks…and I still do so every evening when I do my exercises (week 7 post op). So, do I have this right, you had surgery on 4/9…so you are 9 days post op and in a boot?

  7. A big one. 30 degree angle for a week and then down to 15. I’ll still need crutches for at least another 2- 3 weeks, but he said everything looks really good.

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