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Week 2 | Out of the Cast!

December 8th, 2020 · 2 Comments

Yesterday, exactly two weeks post-op, I went to the hospital. They removed the cast and stitches and one of the doctors checked it. She said it seemed to be healing nicely, no signs of infection of anything concerning. There is still quite a bit of bruising and swelling, which will just take some time. I [...]

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Week 0 | The Operation

November 26th, 2020 · 8 Comments

I got in touch with my doctor in an atypical manner: I sent him a LinkedIn message. It can be slow to get in touch with doctors themselves in the Netherlands, due to the healthcare system being referral-based. So your GP will refer you to someone (you can ask for a particular doctor or they [...]

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My Research

November 26th, 2020 · No Comments

After discussing with the orthopedic surgeon at Acibadem (the second hospital), who suggested open surgery, I decided to do some research.
The first part I wanted to decide on was whether to pursue conservative treatment or an operation. I still had the VACOped boot from my last rupture [1], so if I wanted conservative, I could [...]

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The Accident (I Can’t Believe I Did It Again)

November 25th, 2020 · 3 Comments

I was playing squash last Tuesday, November 17th. I had warmed up a few minutes on the exercise bike, but I suspect not enough, and was playing the first match. I was taking it easy, not pushing to get every shot, like I usually do in the first match, but when I stepped back at [...]

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Some Background (My First Rupture)

November 25th, 2020 · No Comments

I am a 31-year old male and this is my second Achilles’ tendon rupture (different sides). My previous rupture was when I was 29, on my right side. I’ve always been fairly athletic, so it surprises me to have had two ruptures already. I’ll never know the exact cause, but I suspect it’s a combination [...]

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