Surgery

I injured my achilles on November 11, 2011 officiating a 4A semi final high school game here in Iowa. It happened on the opening kickoff of the 2nd half. I felt a pull and a pop in the back of my left ankle/achilles area. What was funny, was that at the time there was no real pain. It ached and was tender but through adapting I finished the game. The next day I also had a college game, which they could find no substitute for. During college games I work at the Umpire position. I had felt worse pain in the service, so like a good boy, I sucked it up. The trainer taped it, I took Ibuprofen and worked the game without incident, of course limping.

On Monday I saw the specialist and the MRI was scheduled. A small rupture of the tendon, but the main problem was the avulsion of part of the heel bone. Was this smart, of course not. My point is this. Don’t over look the pain like I did, it is your body’s way of saying, hey stupid get help.

Just a little background so that you can all know how much I am into the athletic scene and how much I look forward to getting back to where I was. So here goes

Forgive me, I am starting this blog during the first week. I am new to blogging so please bear with me. I found this site and it has great info, so here it goes from day 1.

It’s time, 0600 rise and shine. I have to be at the hospital at 0700, Nov. 25, 2011 for pre-op, 0800 surgery.
MRI showed that I had not only ruptured my achilles but that I had also fractured a small part of my heel bone where the achilles attaches. I chose a spinal with a local marcaine block over a general. Let me tell you, I would do it all over again without hesitation. The tendon was repaired without incident. The surgeon replaced the fractured piece of heel bone which was still attached to the tendon by refitting it and placing a titanium screw in the heel bone. He also placed two titanium anchors to assist in anchoring not only the bone but re-attaching the tendon to the heel. He also overlayed muscle tissue to help secure the tendon. I am not sure what type of sutures he used, but I believe it is safe to say that since he did all of the above, I’m sure he tied some pretty knots. Surgery took a little longer than expected, just a little over two hours, but hey, what did I care. I was feeling pretty good at that point. The entire staff in pre-op, OR and recovery were great. It didn’t hurt that my wife is a Critical Care R.N. at the hospital and they all knew her. Either way, they are top notch. After I awoke, I was in a simple surgical splint with an ace wrap for the first two weeks for swelling. No Weight Bearing. Released to home with a marcaine block still in place for pain relief after the spinal wore off. Lortab 7.5-500, Valium 5mg for tendon spasms as needed.


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