2 wks post-op

went to fracture clinic to have stitches out and cast no.4 put on. stitches out x5 weren’t too bad. orthopaedic surgeon seemed pleased with his handiwork and suggested we aim to reach a 90° neutral position within four weeks. this requires a cast a week, with repositioning each time to reduce foot’s angle. it feels safer being in a fully wrap-around cast and not the previous splint-casts which didn’t inspire much confidence. i was sure had i fallen onto my gimpy foot, my heel would have been forced through the light bandage, and i would be back to square one. now i’ll just guillotine my toes off.

i’ve posted pics of the incision on a new page (2 wk pics) it seemed ok and had closed neatly, but i nearly emptied my bowels in fear when they moved foot to the new position. wasn’t ready for that feeling.

four more weeks of casts. deep breath………..and relax.  

 

2 Comments so far

  1. sheila on June 27th, 2008

    When he moved my foot 2 weeks post op, I didn’t have any sensation of stretching or pain at the time - although I was clenched and ready for it. Only later that evening and for the next 3-4 days I had an ache radiating out from my lower calf. This 2nd cast seems to be tighter and it was swelling easily initially, but now it seems to be more comfortable if left down for a bit so I don’t have to elevated it constantly. Is it typical to feel the stretching when those adjustments are made? Hope it feels better now. :)

  2. offdibb on June 27th, 2008

    yeah, i think this is when to expect some discomfort, when adjustments are made, as the healing tissues have to accommodate the stretch. i had no pain when initially injured so i suppose it’s about time it hurt me. i was told to still keep elevated as much as possible if any hint of swelling. can’t wait to chuck casts.
    cheers, tim

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