ericm98’s AchillesBlog

8 Weeks Post Op - Pretty Much on My Own :(

February 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

So the OS did a Thompson test, felt the achilles, and basically said that my hole was gone and it filled with “something”. It feels like muscle/tendon to my PT and I and I would think if it were just scar tissue or something then it would be more noticeable after rub downs, walking, etc. Oh well.

So he said he really didn’t know the next steps regarding how long to stay immobilized in the boot, longer vs shorter given the partial re-tear and our lack of knowledge of how significant it is.

Was basically told it can just be up to the PT and I now, if something hurts back off if it doesn’t keep going.

While I was expecting this to some degree as I was told I’d probably be in and out so long as the wound looks good and I’m not in pain (wondering if I should even go to the 12 week follow up..for what?)….I was a little dismayed that while we don’t know how bad the re-tear was there has been considerable progress w/out pain over the last month:

  • 30 to 15 to 10 in my boot, removal of larger wedge at bottom of boot.
  • 0 degrees on bike for ten minutes w/out issue.
  • 0 degrees PWB at PT, went back to 10 just to be safe and to check with OS to get his approval
  • Much more noticeable continuation of the tendon than from 4 weeks ago. Seems fully intact
  • Negative Thompson test where 4 weeks ago was positive

I don’t know, maybe I’m being overly-sensitive about this but to just dump it off on the PT and make no real comments on the considerable improvements in just 1 month, while also getting my weeks post op wrong (he thought it was 6 vs 8), I feel like the OS has mostly checked out on me.

Maybe that’s actually a good sign, who knows, but it’s also now given me the confidence to just go ahead and try things and not worry too much so long as it fits into the protocol that the PT put out.

Have PT tomorrow so that’ll be an interesting conversation but all in all happy with the noted progress just would have been nice to see the OS as invested in my case as both I and the PT are. Maybe that’s asking too much.

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  • herewegoagain // Feb 2nd 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I don’t think you are being overly sensitive- ATR is an emotional roller coaster without a re-tear thrown in.
    At 10 weeks I had a section of my tendon that was thinner than the rest. I am on a non-surgical recovery and my OS and PT thought that this was not a huge concern. By 20 weeks it had filled out and I now have a thick continuous tendon, so don’t get too alarmed.
    It is too bad that your OS is not excited for your recovery- ultimately it only matters that you are happy though!

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