I saw the doc yesterday for my 3 week postop visit and to get my stitches out. The wound is healing nicely and he said the various aches and pains are normal from all the tissue irritation during surgery. He said the swelling and pain in the down position would likely last for some time - and then eventually start to go away. The cuts are odd looking (see below) - can’t figure out if it’s percutaneous or single cut - and the swelling is oddly shaped from the lumpy Vaco liner. That must be why I get hot spots, etc., during the day when it swells. He said I blew the AT to pieces, and he had to go pretty high to find good tissue - the reason I am healing tightly and have discomfort as I gradually stretch it down flat.
I’m allowed to wash (and shave!) the leg - hallelujah - leaving the earthy look behind. Something you guys don’t have to sweat. I have to put the boot right back on after washing, and I’m doing it separately from my regular shower as the foot kind of "flops around" and makes me nervous during showering. I’m not allowed to set it on the floor without the boot - but have to let it hang naturally.
I’m not allowed to take the boot off except for bathing - and still no weight bearing. I start PT next week at week 4, and will be able to remove it for that I guess. I see the doc again at 6 weeks. I’m pretty pleased with the healing - I had all sorts of imaginations about what was going on under the dressing - but didn’t look with the orders to keep the boot on. I’m supposed to get to 10 degrees by week 6, and am currently at 17 or 15. Any suggestions on when to make the move to flatter degrees?
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