Hello ATR community!!!  I have just hit exactly one week since my open surgery to repair a full rupture of my right achilles. I must say I was excited and relieved to find this site and so many other people affected by this injury. I am definitely not alone on this journey…although sitting on my couch here by myself is still a bit lonely lol. I hurt myself on Friday July 18th. Just an average beautiful sunny Colorado day. My buddy and I were outside enjoying the weather and doing a little free running. Nothing crazy or stupid..after all I’m a 39 year old father of 3 and I’m definitely not looking to hurt myself being reckless. I eyed a wall jump..again nothing too risky just slightly challenging and fun. I ran toward the wall about 3/4 speed and jumped up to grab the top. This is a move I’ve done countless times without incident. As soon as I hit the wall I heard and felt something pop in my right ankle. I let go of the wall and dropped to the ground. I was in a decent amount of pain but nothing overwhelming yet I knew instantly something was wrong. I couldn’t walk or move my foot properly and my heel was mushy where my right achilles used to be. The realization of what had just happened hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew in my heart exactly what had happened. Went to the ER that night then to an OS on the following Monday the 21st. The OS confirmed it was a full rupture and I would need surgery to repair it and get back to living an active lifestyle. He also told me that it was probably just due to the fact that I had a “magic” birthday approaching. 40 lol. That didn’t make me feel one bit better. I’m an in shape and very active person. I not only have 3 kids under 9 to keep me busy but I snowboard, mountain bike, work out, and do a little free running for fun. I have also been injured before..plenty. ACL, shoulder dislocations and surgery, broken bones, and all the normal bumps, bruises, and sprains that come along with being active. I really don’t see how my achilles completely ruptured from that minor impact. I definitely didn’t get my money worth on that one. Sorry I’m rambling. So surgery was set for exactly one week later. The surgery itself seemed uneventful. I went with the nerve block as I used it with my shoulder surgery successfully. All seemed good and I went home to start healing with my crutches and a brace type thing wrapped in ace bandages. It seemed like the nerve block took forever to wear off..I told my wife give me the pain I’m just tired of being numb. I think it was about 48 hours before I felt it was completely worn off. The pain was substantial but not overwhelming. I’ve felt a little better every day physically..I’m just going crazy sitting here stuck on the couch. I go back to the OS in one more week. I’m excited to get to the next step and actually see my incision and start to rehab. Anything to be out of the house and progressing will feel great. I’m very happy to be part of this community though..none of us would choose to be here but here we all are. I’ve read a ton of stories of success and struggle and I feel stronger knowing there is light at the end and I will get back to enjoying life again. I will post again after my two week follow up.

6 Responses to “one week post op”
  1. normofthenorth says:

    Being super-active and in top condition doesn’t seem to help at all in warding off ATRs, and they often come out of the blue to jocks. Not fair or reasonable for sure, but it happens a lot.

    The only part of your post that “jumped off the page” (screen?) for me was your “The OS confirmed it was a full rupture and I would need surgery to repair it and get back to living an active lifestyle.” He may be a wizard with a scalpel and needle, but he doesn’t seem to be keeping up with the evidence — Grrrr! He gave you the standard spiel from around 10 years ago, before a bunch of shocking new studies were published. Oh well, ATR surgery still works as well as ever (which is very well), even if non-op treatments work way better than they ever used to — and arguably as well as, or better than, the op. That’s a tough lesson for lots of people to internalize, maybe especially OSs.

  2. jbuttrz says:

    Thanks Norm…I can only hope he truly is a wizard with knife and needle lol. I didn’t even get to see him right after my surgery. Granted I was very groggy waking up and he did relay some info to my wife but I would have felt much better having him talk to me even if it was brief. From my previous experience with surgeons it seems to me that they are cocky and always in a hurry. When I go back next week I’m not letting him go until I get some more specifics. I read another post saying that I can ask for an operative report…do you know if that’s true?

  3. davidk says:

    Yes, you are entitled to receive a copy of your operative report–just call your OS’s office and request one. Given confidentiality and security issues, they should offer to either mail it or fax it to you, or suggest that you can pick it up in person (just no email). I requested mine and got it faxed to me the same day. Good luck. -David

  4. goldman says:

    Jbuttrz, as David says you can request your operative report. If you want to see an example of what one looks like, here’s mine from my blog: achillesblog.com/goldman/2014/05/12/operative-report/

  5. normofthenorth says:

    Getting those notes might also help tone down the usual OS puffery about how incredibly difficult the op was, how miserable your condition pre-op, how lucky you were to choose surgery and this OS… I think about 2/3 of us were in the top 2-3% in those categories - a wee statistical anomaly! :-)

  6. jbuttrz says:

    Thanks guys! I took at look at your report goldman as well as a couple of your posts. I enjoyed them. I also ride a motorcycle and I’m thinking it will be spring before I’m riding again. That seems like an awful long way off being only one week out of surgery but how sweet it will be when it’s finally time. Happy healing everyone!!

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