Posted by: matthew | February 26, 2009

3 weeks post-op

Today is my 3 week anniversary of the operation.  This week has been rather uneventful. I did notice that there seems to be more swelling  this week than last.  I attribute that to the fact that I have been trying to be more active.  And by active that simply means I’ve been moving the leg at the knee more an actually getting up and wheeling or crutching around more.  I am getting tired of sitting on the couch at home or staying at my desk at work.   I actually prepared dinner one night while the wife was at the gym.   I wish I could have taped that it’d be funny to watch later.  I would get a pot out of the cabinet move it three feet on the counter, crutch to the pot move it three more feet crutch to the pot, move it to the stove, crutch to the stove.  I took about 3 times as long and was VERY tiring

The good news is that I have cut back on the pain meds.  I still take some at night and maybe some ibuprofen during the day, but for the most part I quit that hard stuff.   More good news I worked three days in a row but Wednesday afternoon was rather painful, i kind of planned that which I why I have today off to rest and elevate.   

Next stop is Monday which will be almost a month since the operation and I am hoping and praying that I get the Darth Vader boot I am fed up with the cast.   I already have my arguments prepared if he tells me he wants to cast it longer.  in all honesty I really feel I am ready for some early mobilization exercises.  I know I will probably not be able to bear weight, and I am OK with that.  I just want some relief from the swelling and mentally something that shows i am taking a step forward in the re-hab process. 

Next update will be Monday, good luck everyone!


Hi Matthew.

I have just got the boot (3 weeks post op in UK). The doctor who operated on me said at my 2 weeks post op appointment, that I wouldn’t be getting a boot as they are too expensive for my hospital and that I would be in cast for at least 6 weeks!!

As you can imagine I went mental and demanded to get a second opinion form a different doctor.

The second doctor was all for the boot and surprise, surprise I got a boot.

I am looking forward to my 4 week post op appointment now with the doc who operated on me, or is he an accountant!!

Do your research from this site and put forward your argument for the boot!!

all the best


thanks for the reply, I think I have all my ducks in a row to get the boot tomorrow, but i do know that there was a slight complication with my surgery and that I am suppsoed to be 6 weeks NWB instead if his usual 4. But i am really going to push for the boot and some early ROM excersizes. When is your 4 week appt?

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