Feb 01 2012

Catching Up

Published by doryt at 1:51 am under Uncategorized

A quick update on my ATR (achilles tendon rupture). I surpassed 100 days on Jan. 12th. Trying to look at everyday like a vacation. Injury 10/5, surgery 10/14, cast off 11/29. PWB (partial weight bearing) on 11/04. I have only been FWB (full weight bearing since 12/15 with the cam boot and started PT on 12/29. On Jan. 11th went to no boot and FWB. I do not have much gait yet and do have a major setback with an open wound. The tendon does not have much if any blood supply and the ankle does not have good circulation, even in the healthy of us. Even though I RICE’d (rest ice elevate) often this open wound issue is a complication that can occure. Why me??? On Jan. 19, I had a consult with the surgeon who will do a skin graft and that in itself is about a 6 week ordeal. The wound prep is next friday 1/27 and called an Integra Placement. The material is a matrix made of bovine collagen and shark cartilidge. This gets the area to granulate so there will be something for the skin graft to adhere to. Then back to the couch next week and NWB (no weight bearing) for 3 weeks. Better dust off my crutches. Then I have the skin graft around 2/24. graft should take within 2 weeks. Then I start all over with PT. Moral of the story…. Foam roll, rest & stretch everyone and do not over train. I know I will come back 100% even though a long process.

4 Responses to “Catching Up”

  1. kathywon 03 Feb 2012 at 9:44 am

    Hope the wound prep procedure went well, Dory…I feel sad that you have this setback, and hope that the time will pass quickly for you, and as pleasantly as possible….sending good thoughts!

  2. mljackson60on 04 Feb 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Sorry to hear this. I hope all goes well and the wound heals quickly.

  3. normofthenorthon 06 Feb 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Good luck with the clean-up, Dory.

    Once a year or two, somebody has a miserable experience with ATR surgery and researches the new studies on non-op treatment, and becomes a crusader for it. The last one here was gerryr, but he’s been so busy skiing (after op #4 finally solved his problems) that he’s been falling down on the job. :-) I really hope you get 100% satisfaction from op #2, but you’re still welcome to join the non-op “Glee Club” if you like. Me, I had to wait for 8 yrs after successful surgery, when I ATRed on the OTHER side. My surgeon talked me out of surgery and I was pleased with the speed and ease of my recovery and the lack of pain and time off work and scar.

  4. medicon 16 Dec 2013 at 11:59 am


    I too have received the Integra placement and just received my skin graft 2 weeks after. I was wondering how long you were NWB after the actual skin graft? I am waiting for my appointment with plastics to find out but I am itching to ditch the crutches!

    Hope all is well more then a year and a half after your surgery!

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