Mar 12 2015

Two weeks post surgery

Published by lindaf

Returned to surgeon today for two week post op appointment.  A window was cut in my knee cast and my stitches were removed.  Incision looked good according to surgeon and cast remained on.  Continue with non weight bearing and the knee scooter. I was cleared to fly home to NJ tomorrow.  I asked about the aspirin, since I was never prescribed to take any blood thinner post surgery.  He said it couldn’t hurt- so he told me to take 2 today and 2 tomorrow , so finally got that issue  cleared up.  If I stuck with this surgeon, his protocol would have me in a cast for about 7-8 weeks as he continued to change my foot position until I got to 90 degrees then start pt.  I am glad that I will be seeing a new surgeon when I get back to NJ and I am hoping her protocol will be moving me to a boot and weight bearing much sooner that the original surgeon.  She is only out of medical school a few years so hoping she will be more aware of the newer studies and protocols.

9 Responses to “Two weeks post surgery”

  1. nico76on 13 Mar 2015 at 7:34 am

    Hi Linda,
    don’t rush too much, two or three weeks earlier won’t be a big game changer at the end of the day. I think that the fact that we relate to ATR using the NY marathon is an excellent imagery as this injury is a long term thing. Do what you think is best but never lose sight from the fact that this is a long term issue.
    take care, -nicolas

  2. donnaon 13 Mar 2015 at 9:42 am

    You said: ” She is only out of medical school a few years so hoping she will be more aware of the newer studies and protocols.”

    WoW here is a great chance to show a new docotor a proactive patient…you could be a teacher for her, bring a set of the faster protocols with you to your appointment and say, this is proven, I know people on a long term well established blog community in which these protocols work. I’d like us to follow them, what do you think?

    All she can say is NO and then ask her to explain her reasoning…and she might say yes…or she might already know them and you’re in the ay OK anyway.

    My OS (In his early 50’s in Colorado Springs ankle/foot sports specialist with lots of ATR surgeries under his belt) does not follow the fastest protocols, nor the slowest, he developed his own and based them on research he felt was worth taking into account. When he could justify to me every step of the way why we did this like this…I was on board. At 18 weeks I know I got the best medical care possible.

    Good luck with your flight today…I hope you’re super comfortable and have no hiccups! Say Hi to NJ for me, I’m originally from MASS.

  3. LindaFon 13 Mar 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I survived the flight and trip went considerably well. It was nice that airline had wheelchairs at both ends of the flight. I was in a middle seat, but was able to keep my cast somewhat elevated on my boyfriends lap as he was next to me in the aisle seat. I also had my cat traveling with us and she was under the seat in front of me. Not sure how we all got thru this, but we did. I am now back home in NJ.

    Nico76- I appreciate your advice and you are right- I should not rush it as obviously regardless of the protocols followed hopefully the end result would be positive. It is just hard when you read others experiences that seem to give them better quality of life a little sooner. A boot sounds so much better than a cast. PWB sounds better than NWB. But we will see…..

    Donna- yes, I will make sure I do my homework but will see what the new doctor has in mind. She specializes in sports injuries.

  4. LindaFon 14 Mar 2015 at 6:07 am

    My incision seems to really bother me at night and while I am sleeping in bed. It feels like the incision is rubbing directly against the cast. It doesn’t really bother me during day. I try to elevate my foot and try to sleep with my foot in different positions. I also typically take 1000 mg of Tylenol towards end if day and last few days need to take more in middle of night. Perhaps I need to elevate it even higher or does anyone have any similar experiences or something that might work better. Does that mean the cast might be too tight? This primarily happens towards end of day and while sleeping- it usually feels ok during day. I am two weeks, two days post surgery. I thought this might have gone way when they took the sutures out but it has not.

  5. andypezon 14 Mar 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Hey LindaF, good to hear your trip back to NJ went OK. When I wake up during the night I have felt very mild pain, move my foot then fall back asleep. I thought it was from the sutures which will be coming out on Tuesday (2 week post op) but maybe it’s just from being in same position for extended period of time. Since 1st post op Dr. visit been in cam boot but when hm and sleeping I am very comfortable in the ace bandage the Dr. put on me when he took the splint off. Dr.recommended I live in the cam(still no weight on foot)even sleep with it for protection but so much more comfortable when there is blood circulation in the foot. I’ve had a couple of massages that I think really helped as well. I look forward to wearing the cam when I’m actually walking in it or its used as a stretching mechanism. Hope your new Dr. helps you to a speedy and strong recovery.

  6. LindaFon 14 Mar 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks Andy will give massage a try this week.

    Now that I am home feel like I can try to get back into a more normal routine. I asked my boyfriend to take me to the gym with him today so I could do some upper body workout but he said it wouldn’t be a good idea as gym is too crowded on Saturdays and there isn’t enough room for my knee scooter to get around to the machines. So I asked him to get my dumbbell weights from my home gym downstairs. Though I am much more of a cardio girl than a weights girl- I figure I would start working upper body and core via some you tube videos- so finally got about a 30 minute workout in with some light weights from a seated position. Felt good to just do something physical. Perhaps I will get some good sculptured arms as it isn’t something I typically have focused on in the past. I will definitely start doing everyday as I want to get ready for my trip to st. Martin on 4/18. My sister was also a sweetheart as she made sure my refrigerator was stocked with tendon healthy food including pineapple and yogurt for when I got home.

  7. donnaon 14 Mar 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Glad you’re home safe and sound….glad you found the YouTubes on seated body work! YAY you…working out in general just feels good so there you go!

  8. andypezon 14 Mar 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Awesome that you’re working out!…good for the mind..good for healing. ..I’m also more cardio, loooove to run, but also feels good to do upper body. Every morning I do push ups using 1 leg of course and crutching around is an awesome cardio and arm workout..I thought I’d gain weight after surgery but I think I shredded a couple. Stay positive. .keep healthy. .for the mind and body..happy healing

  9. Mjmurphon 16 Mar 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I’m 5 weeks post surgery. First two in a half cast NWB, next two in a full cast after stitches came out. In a CAM boot for 4 weeks FWB although it took me a couple days to walk without crutches. Had my second session of PT today and had laser treatment (not for scar)and a light massage above my scar. I wake up every day and it feels better little by little. The worst is definitely over.

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