Actually, I almost made it to six weeks the first time. But it’s pretty nice to have made it fifteen days further this time out. So, to recap, I have had two surgeries and am on my third doctor in the clinic. Went in and met the old-school doc who, as it turns out, had trained the surgeon who operated on me. My new doc looks like he stepped right out of a Norman Rockwell painting…with the corresponding manners. Incredibly pleasant and more than happy to answer all of my questions. He’s very conservative in his approach to recovery and I’m fine with that.
I have a wound that is slooooooooow to heal. He put on those mad scientist goggles and got to work on it with a pair of tweezers. Took out two suture pieces (yikes) and flicked off a large scab that had been hanging around for weeks. As he was about to pour hydrogen peroxide to clean the wound, I mentioned that I was told that it also kills the good cells. He said, “hmm….I guess you can still learn something everyday.” And then proceeded to still pour it all over my scar. He said I should change the Band-Aid every day but I have gotten other advice which I think I trust more (thank you Kristin!). Also, he said I should wash it in the shower normally. That, I’m not so sure about.
After poking around the wound itself, he wants me to return next week to check its progress (my sixth post-op visit since the second surgery…can’t complain that I’m not getting attention, I guess). We’ll lock into a rehab plan at that point.
For my fellow re-rupturers, here’s my protocol so far:
Week 1-2 Soft cast
Week 2-7 NWB in boot, begin light ROM exercises at Week 6
Week 8-9 PWB at 25%, continue with ROM exercises
Week 10 PWB at 50%
Week 11 PWB at 75%
Week 12 FWB and begin PT
Other people have asked the strength of the AT during recovery. My doctor said it could range but, erring on the safe side, he said it was currently only 25-30% of normal strength (at eight weeks). It will be 80% at four months and 100% at six months.
So, all in all, not too much different from all you one-timers with conservative docs. Good healing to all of you, Team ATR.