4 days post op

February 8, 2009 | |

It has been 4 four days since my suregery and I have to say all is well from a physical standpoint. I had trouble with vomitting from the first night, not sure if it was from the GA or the percocet as I am no longer taking the pain pills b/c what little pain I have is tolerable. Took a bath last night - simple pleasures.  I am curious to talk with my surgeon as I have had very little dialogue with him. Other than thanking him after the procedure I have not really talked to him at all.  I think my apt with  him is on thursday and I am curious to hear first how the procedure went in his opinion and second want my rehab protocol will look like. He did come out and tell my wife after the procedure that there were no surprises, whatever that means. A neurotical hypochondriac like myslef would rather hear, sugery went PERFECT, I even put in a bionic chip which will all him to jump higher and run faster it will aslo increase his life by 10 years.

Mentally it has been tough-hard to believe it has been only four days. I have really enjoyed reading others posts and comments, I am also trying a rosetta stone spanish speaking lesson that I will begin today. Fortuntalty there has been good basketball on TV and good food coming from the kitchen, I have a on-call 24 hours aday support staff in my wife and mom so it could not be any better from a support standpoint. Just plugging and chugging untill I can get up and start moving around. Onward!


10 Comments so far

  1. Smish on February 9, 2009 6:06 am

    Hey: I am from the Denver Area too. Who did your surgery? I have Kaiser but before you cringe, they have an absolutely amazing foot and ankle team over there. I think my doctor is one of my all time favorite doctors I have ever had. (Even before I had Kaiser) There are doctors and then there are Jedi doctors. Dr. David Kim at Kaiser is a Jedi.
    In my previous job, I had contact with several doctors and got to see how they handled sports injuries so I am familiar with quite a few docs here in Denver. Happy healing.

  2. ganahlsearch on February 9, 2009 9:33 pm

    Hi Smish! Thanks for the note. Dr Lindberg from Orthopedic associates in Denver. Ever heard of him. he is an ankle only guy and he operated on my borhter in law and he was pleased with everything. I certainly would like jedi surgeons only to perform the procedure.

  3. Carl on February 10, 2009 4:46 pm

    Hi there,

    I actually had surgery the day before you on my left AT. I’m on my 7th day post op and I really just hate my cast.

    Just wondering how old you are and I saw you hurt it in bball. That’s where I ruptured my AT as well.

    Feel free to email me and we can keep track on our progress. I plan to get back to playing bball in 8 months…

    Thanks, Carl

  4. Smish on February 10, 2009 6:18 pm

    Ganahlsearch: I have absolutely heard of Dr. Lindberg. He is one of the Jedi doctors I was talking about. So are his associates Parker and Traina. Traina is amazing with knees although I heard he is not working right now due to a personal illness. I hope he is okay. I have a couple of different clients who are with Lindberg right now and he is who I would have gone with had I not had Kaiser. You are most definitely in excellent hands! Out of curiosity, did you have any kind of a nerve block for your surgery? I heard he doesn’t like to use nerve blocks. One of my clients just had a tib/fib that Lindberg went in and put a steel plate and 6 screws into. She said he wouldn’t do a block on her. I don’t know if it is because of the type of surgery or what. Happy healing!

  5. ganahlsearch on February 10, 2009 7:04 pm

    Hey smish,

    Thanks for the note, so glad to hear Lindberg has been trained in the art of jedi surgical procedures. I have my first follow up with him on thursday. I really have had little to no conversation with him will have some questions for him on Thursday. Is there anything in particular you think I should know prior to the appt? As far as answering your question I am not sure what he used. I know I had GA but not sure if he did use a block also. I probably should be more educated about the ATR. What line of work are you in? I am in the industry also. Also do you have a blog on here? I would like to read your story. Thank goodnesss for Jedi Surgeons.


  6. ganahlsearch on February 10, 2009 7:08 pm

    Hi Carl,

    Thanks for the note! Always nice to correspond with others going through same thing. I suppose misery does love company, eh? PLease forward your email address? Do you have blog on here. I dont see one for you. I just turned 33. I play all the time (2-3 times a week) and am in great shape. (run marathons) Very disappointed when it happended. I would be very pleased if I was back on the hardwood in 8 months. Forward your email and we can start chatting as I will have some questions for you.

  7. Smish on February 11, 2009 8:14 am

    Jason: I have never written up my complete story. It’s kind of long but I will try and shorten it. I have had tendonosis in both legs for about 13-14 years. Right foot has always been worse. Was casted on the right about 11 years ago for a patial rupture near the heel bone. Got a little better but problem never went away. Two and a half years ago I fully ruptured my right side. Had surgery and never really healed, plus I started developing other problems. Just short of my two year anniversary I went to a specialist. By this time I had multiple new tears in my right Achilles. (We went after the right side first because it was the worse of the two.) Figured out I had some structural issues and I was never going to get out of the current cycle unless I either quit walking/running/living (sarcasm)or had some more work done on my Achilles. Last July I had surgery on my right side again where I had a lengthening procedure, topaz, debridement, calcaneal re-sectioning, and removal of old sutures. I am currently 2 weeks post-op on my left side where I basically had the same thing done only not as much work was needed. The doctor also had to take out the tendon sheath on my left side because it was so trashed but my left tendon was better than my right. Der! Since less work was done on my left I am moving along quicker in my recovery. Like I said, I am only 2 weeks post-op and yesterday I was cleared to start putting some pressure on my leg. Feeling really trapped right now but I know it’s because I have had a lot of work done on my Achilles tendons in the last 2 and 1/2 years and it will someday pass.
    I am leaving my old job. I was a strength, agility, and skills trainer for soccer players. I taught a lot of plyometrics and I am sure all of the hopping didn’t help my tendons. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted. This job enabled me to meet and observe a lot of doctors. Oh, and I learned a lot about parenting too. Ha! Did you say you just moved here? What industry are you in?

  8. matthew on February 11, 2009 11:08 pm

    i think we are pretty close togther in the recovery area. i had my right tendon done on 2-5-09. almost out of the 1st week, i am freaking out a little i had a calf cramp last night and i am afraid that i undid everything. Doc’s office said it was unlikley but i am nervous about monday’s appointment.

  9. ganahlsearch on February 12, 2009 10:13 am

    Hi Matt,
    Indeed we are! I am one week out. Do you have a blog on here? You need to stay hydrated better drink some water stay away from the caffineted soda and beer :) I have had muscle twings where I was scared but they last only a few seconds. I have not had a full blown cramp. I would agree that it woul dbe hard to re-rupture the AT through a cramp but it is scary. Stay hydrated and that should not happen. I have my first Dr. follow up today although I am just meeting with the PA. Email me anytime. Heres to a speedy recovery!

  10. matthew on February 12, 2009 10:29 am

    i signed up for a blog last night, i am going to activate it and start writing today or tomorrow. my first visit is monday (2-16) i am a little nervous about it, i’d hate to hear that things aren’t going well. I did have a slight complication in surgery to where the doc had to overlap the tendon so i know i will have a longer time in the wheelchair. But i will write all about it on my first blog THANKS!!!

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