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Z Plasty!

January 15, 2010 · 7 Comments

so i had the z-plasty done this afternoon. it was a looonnnnnnnngggggg morning with no coffee, that was the worst part of the day. wasn’t as bad as i thought it was going to be, i’m just curious as to what it looks like now. at least that hole in the back of my leg is patched up and i can start looking forward to finishing physical therapy and getting back to being active!

here’s a little treat of gov’t mule from dec 30th i took at the beacon

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  • GerryR // Jan 15th 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Well, it should look like a “Z” or maybe a zigzag line. I did not expect a zigzag line but that’s what I got. I’m curious to know what your surgeon did. Has he said how long he plans to leave the sutures? Mine were in 3 weeks although at one point he talked about possibly 4 weeks.

  • doster79 // Jan 15th 2010 at 10:12 pm

    i’ll get a look at it thursday with my next office visit. the original scar is very low on the back of my calf, from about 1/2 inch from the bottom of my foot extending about another 5 inches up from that. he said the sutures will be in for at least three weeks & keeping me non weight bearing, and no therapy. at least i will not have a leaky foot anymore, just a little disappointed about falling behind a month with therapy.

    i made sure to have the anesthesiologist knock me out this time. my second procedure with the orthopedic i only went for the nerve block and stayed awake, hoping to get out of the hospital quicker. big mistake….the way i was strapped down on the operating table i was facing a giant wall clock. i was in a big rush to get out of the hospital with no where to go, and i had the privilege of watching every second tick by for 45 minutes….lesson learned.

    the pain is under control with percocet.
    GerryR- just wondering how long you were uncomfortable for after you had this?

  • GerryR // Jan 15th 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I had significant discomfort/pain for a couple of days. I also had some real close to excruciating muscle spasms during that same time. After the second one I called the nurse and she said it shouldn’t last more than a couple of days. I told her I needed enough Valium for 2 days and she called it in. Those couple of days would have been just about unbearable without Percocet and Valium. I still have one Valium and some Percocet left and they’re now in my backpacking first aid kit.

  • doster79 // Jan 16th 2010 at 5:50 am

    i woke up this morning feeling just like you said, with significant discomfort/pain. i left the hospital with enough percocet to last a week, and i’ll be putting them to good use. there’s no point in “toughing” it out anymore.

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