I was supposed to have AT repair surgery this morning. But, I had a heart attack at the end of November and had a stent put in. And, the cardiac protocols say that I shouldn’t have surgery until 6 months after the heart surgery. The anesthesiologists (3 or 4 of them discussed my case) all agreed that the risk was too high, and convinced me to cancel the AT surgery. I messed up, and didn’t time my AT rupture very well!
Six months is up at the end of May. So, I needed to talk to my orthopedic surgeon to figure out what I’m supposed to do, now. I can’t wait another almost two months - by that time, my AT could be totally messed up, for sure! The doc decided it would be best for me to try to heal non-op. Yes, the tendon won’t be quite as strong. And, yes, there’s more likelihood for a re-rupture. But, he thinks we should be able to make this work, and I should be fine.
I don’t know what the protocol is for non-op AT recovery - gonna have to do some reading on that. I thought you still start in a cast for a week or two, and then transfer to a boot. But, my doc said the cast isn’t necessary, and put me back into my boot from 5 years ago, with three-high wedges at the heel. I’m supposed to weight-bear whenever it feels comfortable to do so. Tried it. I can put some weight on it, as long as the foot is in line with my body or slightly in front of it. But, I tried to take a step with my foot going behind, and that was NOT working.
So, are there any non-op people out there? What protocol are you going through? Is it odd that I’m directly in a boot, and weight-bearing as tolerable?
Thanks, and Happy Healing to everyone!!!
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