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Scar Pic 7/20
July 21, 2014, 1:01 am
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ATR Scar Pic

ATR Scar Pic


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Very different than mine. Mines a sort of L shaped

Comment by vegasjoey 07.21.14 @ 2:16 am

Looks very neat. Don’t have one to compare.still much swelling?

Comment by nosport45 07.21.14 @ 11:10 am

Not bad for early times. The bottom part is where you really want it to vanish, where your shoes will usually rub.

Comment by normofthenorth 07.21.14 @ 12:17 pm

Vegas - Kind of a weird angle but the incision is medial to the AT.

nosport - Swelling last week (7/16) measured at 1 cm. She criss crossed the measuring tape around the ankle and compared to the good ankle. Seems like the swelling has gone down since massage and PT started.

norm - Thanks!

Comment by eddienomura 07.21.14 @ 1:16 pm

I had a minimally invasive procedure using an Achillion device and my scar is about 1inch it scares me to death to see so many photos of long scars the length of the calf. It must cause more pain and tissue damage slower recovery. Good luck with your rehab and I wish you well.

Comment by Roger Nichols 07.21.14 @ 4:51 pm

Roger Nichols, you’ve had a truly remarkable rehab so far, following your minimally invasive surgery. But at least so far, the large studies and metastudies and “best practice” consensus docs have found an association between these “closed” surgeries and sural-nerve damage, and no clear association with faster or better clinical results.
Maybe the Achillon is the gizmo that’s going to (finally) change that pattern. Let’s hope so. But maybe the overall risks and results really haven’t changed, and you just got lucky. It’s hard to say until we see some evidence, but the difference between scientific evidence and one anecdote is important to many of us who were raised to “speak Science”.

Meanwhile, I agree that long scars are a nuisance — not primarily because there’s any correlation between them and slower or worse recovery. (There isn’t, AFAIK.) But long incisions probably are more painful, and a long scar almost certainly has a better chance of having a region that doesn’t heal beautifully, like a cheloid scar, etc.
But the folks here who’ve had sural-nerve damage (mostly from minimally-invasive ops) would probably gladly trade THAT in for a long scar.

Comment by normofthenorth 07.21.14 @ 7:06 pm



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