I saw the orthopedics today (a different PA as my usual one was not there) and they confirmed that I did fully re-rupture my Achilles on Wednesday. So I guess it’s back to square 1 with the non-op rehab protocol although I’m not 100% convinced that will work. My other PA basically said we should give the non-op method a go and if it didn’t work we could always have it surgically repaired later.
Well, now that we’re at that point the PA today said that surgery at this point would be extremely complicated because of the amount of elapsed time from injury (Feb 21st) and that it could require a graft or extensive cleaning up of the scar tissue.
So I’m a bit lost right now. If all that is true about things that would complicate surgery, then it seems to me that all of those same factors would also complicate another attempt at non-op rehab. Plus, I know that’s already failed once…what was it that Einstein said was the definition of insanity? Trying the same thing over & over and expecting different results, right?
Right now I’m back in the boot (not a splint) with a heel lift and NWB (hellllllloooooo crutches!) for a few weeks and they also put in a referral for me to see a foot/ankle specialist surgeon to discuss surgical options.
I just want the damn thing to heal so I can resume an active lifestyle. I have little confidence (right now, anyway) that another chance at the non-op route will work…and the PA today made it seem like surgery would be a difficult choice too. Neither path sounds very appealing right now.
I know Norm has said maybe the fresh tear will provide a conducive environment for it to heal properly. I hope that’s the case. Maybe that makes it different than the original injury since 3+ weeks passed before I started the protocol. But what happens with all that scar tissue? The entire lower part of my leg is hard as a rock. How in the world will this thing heal with all that scarring?
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