Post-Operation and on my way!

I had a repair and debridmdmnet of my Achille’s tendon on Monday June 28th. The surgeon also removed a bone spur from the area. Though I did not rupture my Achille’s Tendon, the recovery seems to be much the same. Foot elevated, non-weight bearing, two week check up and new cast, etc……

I have been reliegios about staing in bed for 90% of the time and keeping my foot elevated and I must be honest, I have had no pain. I was able to abandon the Oxycontin after 24 hours, and am now using only Oxycodone and Vistril (for nausea) at bedtime to get some good sleep. I am amazed at how “accepting” I am of simply being still. I am listining to the birds and the sounds of the outside because it is cool enough not to have the A/C running. I have hardly read anything more than the achilles blogs. I have only written little bits and pieces. My husband has brought me my meals and I am able to get to the bathroom on crutches. Going up and down stairs is crawling. My prior yoga practice is helping tremendously as I try and balance, in particular, sitting down, with the injured leg not touching the floor is an effort!

I know I have a way to go to get to Central Park, but I am heading there fast, even if I am now just lying in bed with my foot above my heart. How many days did everyone do this? 4,6, 10? What is best here?

2 Responses to “Post-Operation and on my way!”

  1. When I had my first ATR done surgically, I think I moaned and stayed mostly in bed for about a week. (I skipped the surgery for my second one!) The desire for less elaborate elevation continues much longer for most of us — footstools, maybe a leg up on a chair or table. . . There’s no prize for being “the best here”, just do what your leg needs you to do!

    Boots work better than casts. Check out the link to “ATR Rehab Protocols, Publications, Studies” on the front page here for the evidence. One modern protocol that worked well with and without surgery is reproduced on my blog at . If your surgeon wants you to be on crutches or in casts longer than that protocol, ask him or her hard questions — like “Why in God’s name?!?!?” The science generally says that quicker rehab produces FEWER re-ruptures, but many docs act as if it’s the other way ’round. A lot of what they learned in Med School has been disproven in randomized trials, poor things!

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