Blood Clot

Hello everyone.  Back on July 14th after a decent night of drinking while on vacation, I decided to shake off the hangover by playing tennis for the first time in 15 years.  After about 20 minutes of just lobbying the ball back and forth–POP. 

 Had my surgery two weeks later.  Opted for an orthopedic surgeon over the podiatrist I had originally seen based on a comparison of how many times they had performed the procedure.  A few 100 times vs 3. It’s now three weeks post-op: 10 days in a splint, now in a FP aircast and hope to be partial weight bearing in another three weeks. The real pain lasted only a couple of days.  I would definitely suggest taking the prescribed amount of painkillers.  There is no point in being stingy with them.  Had one major flop on the crutches so far(GO SLOW!!! SNEAKERS ONLY!!!) luckily without doing any damage. 

So far, so good except prior to the surgery I had an ultrasound performed and they found a blood clot in a small vein in my calf which due to its connection to the main artery in my leg awarded it the diagnosis of a Deep Vein Thrombosis.  My surgeon wasn’t too concerned but he put me on a self-injected blood-thinner called Lovenox.  The whole self-injecting thing has been an interesting experience for my wife and I.  Lets just say it’s sort of an unnatural thing to do.  Within a few days though it just becomes one of those things thats just a daily( now twice daily)  annoyance.

10 days after the surgery I returned to see my surgeon and get another ultrasound.  The surgeon was happy.  The radiologist was not. The blood clot is still there.  He doubled the dosage of Lovenox.  Usually I’m the type of guy who likes to remain blissfully ignorant of all things medical and previous to this whole ATR experience I didn’t know a thing about blood clots.  Now I’ve got pulmonary embolism ringing in my head every time my leg gets a little twitch.  Unfortunately all anyone seems to say about it is just take the blood-thinners and try not to think about it. 

Maybe I’ll go for a run to try and take my mind off it.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Mr. Brown

One Response to “Blood Clot”

  1. My brother in law did his ATR 4 months before me..(I got a cheap pair of crutches and boot out of it…lol ). He got DVT and subsequently a pulmonary embolism 1-2 weeks post op.

    At 4 months he still has a sore calf and is guessing the the DVT is causing him problem, perhaps more so than the ATR repair.

    The PE put him back in hospital for 4-5 days and didn’t seem to cause any lingering issues at all.

    The big thing I learned from it was that if I have any difficulty breathing to get to the hospital and get it looked at ASAP.

    Hopefully this doesn’t put too much of a dampener on your mind, but importantly he was told it was quite unusual for the DVT below the knee to travel up the leg.

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