Post-Op Week 6 Follow-up, July 1, 2015

Today I visited the Orthopedic Surgeon 6 weeks to the day after my surgery.  I have been FWB in the boot for over a week and I am now walking without any crutches or cane.  The doc did the Thompson Test on both sides, noted proper function. He also noted atrophy in my right calf, fairly normal.  I have well-developed, muscular legs so the atrophy in the calf muscles is pretty apparent.

I told the doctor I have been showering out of the boot, standing on my bare feet in the shower and carefully walking from the shower to the bedroom to dress.  He looked a bit alarmed and told me to be careful. He also told me to continue physical therapy, and per protocol to begin to wean out of the boot.  He took one of the three lifts out of my boot which feels much better, and we set our next appointment for two weeks from today.  He still doesn’t want me driving for at least a couple of weeks.  He also warned me not to do any dorsiflexion past neutral in PT, and to continue strengthening through resisted plantarflexion, leg presses, and to start balance exercises.

I feel really good.  I have no pain at all.  My wound is healed and dry except for one little spot that continues to ooze just a little bit.  I have no problem putting more than my full body weight on my right leg wearing the boot - I stand up and put all my weight in that leg and it doesn’t hurt at all.

So, fingers crossed - I will wean out of the boot and continue physical therapy over the next two weeks.  I am extremely anxious to start driving again and hope to be cleared to drive in two weeks - I have a very expensive German paperweight sitting in my garage waiting for me to get behind the wheel!

That’s it for now - here are two pictures that my wife snapped during the exam - you can see the significant thickening in my right calf comparing it to my left one.

6 week post-op
6 week post-op