princessachilles’s AchillesBlog

So, how does a Princess deal with Achilles Tendon Surgery & Recovery? Follow along…

The Surgery….Finally!

Filed under: Uncategorized — princessachilles at 6:13 am on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I finally had my surgery on 2/7/14, almost a full year since it started! The Surgeon cut my AT in a long Z shape then slide the pieces apart and sewed the two top pieces together.  My husband and I were under the impression that I would be up and walking around right after the surgery.  This is what the surgeon was saying when I had the appointment to set up the surgery.  Now that I know more about the whole process, I guess he was talking about after I was FWB but, he did not break it all down for us very well.  So we were getting ready to leave the surgery center and the nurse asked if I had crutches or something since I was NWB.  She told us about the knee scooter and we went straight to the medical supply and rented one.  I absolutely love this thing and I recommend it to anybody that has had this surgery!

The surgeon put me in a boot, not a cast, he said with a cast there’s more of a chance of it rubbing or cutting me and causing an infection. I took the boot off once and that was to try on a different boot but, I quickly put the original one back on. My foot is very padded over the surgery area then wrapped with an ace bandage. I have no desire to try and sleep with the boot off or any of that. I am a bigger woman, non athletic and all I want is to be able to walk normally to my bathroom and back. I am not gonna risk injuring this thing or tearing it and having to start all over.

The days following the surgery were very rough.  There was a lot of pain and since I was already on pretty strong pain meds there wasn’t much that was stronger.  The hardest part was getting to the bathroom.  I used the scooter to get there but, our bathroom is very small so I couldn’t turn the scooter around in there.   The key to keeping the pain down was to keep the foot propped up above my heart and keeping ice on it.  You can’t get the ice pack in the exact area of the incision so, they showed me a trick at the surgery center.  If you put the ice pack higher up on your calf from where the incision is, the cold will travel down and still work on the incision area so, I would just tuck the edge of the ice pack in the top of my boot cast and I was good to go.

I do recommend staying on top of that pain medicine those first 4 or 5 days.  Take it every 4 or 6 hours, depending on how it’s prescribed, I would even set the alarm on my phone and take it in the middle of the night.  The other thing I recommend is getting some of those orange juice drink boxes and drink a couple a day to help keep your potassium up so you don’t get the muscle cramps in your calf as bad.  I would get the cramps when I got on the scooter after laying down for a few hours.  When, I would bend my leg up to knee to kneel on the scooter is when I would get them really bad.



Comment by janis

February 25, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

I think if I had it to do over I would ditch the crutches for a knee scooter or flex leg, instead of those crutches I hated so much.
Glad to hear you are staying ahead of pain! Time to find a good book or something good on Netflix.


Comment by normofthenorth

February 25, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

Even better than a scooter is a fast rehab program that gets you to FWB at 4 weeks or thereabouts. And it’s helpful to spend some time PWB, which can only be done on crutches.
Bless your surgeon for the boot - he’s right!


Comment by Ron

February 26, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

Congrats on getting through the surgery and being able to go right to the boot.

Good luck,


Comment by sallycolella

February 26, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

It all gets better once you get through this initial phase. I resisted the knee scooter at first but it ended up being a life saver for me, too. I just got sick of scooting my coffee cup around the counter and then splashing it all over my crutches! Hang in there.


Comment by SEO

May 14, 2023 @ 2:04 am

Can nicely write on similar topics! Welcome to here you’ll find out how it should look. 토토사이트

Comment by Liwovosa

June 2, 2023 @ 2:44 pm

I use basically superior fabrics : you will discover these products by: 출장안마

Comment by SEO

June 6, 2023 @ 1:53 am

You make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. Your views are in accordance with my own for the most part. This is great content for your readers. 파워볼게임

Comment by qk Anonymous

August 22, 2023 @ 12:06 pm

Thanks For sharing this Superb article.I use this Article to show my assignment in is useful For me Great Work. KANĀDAS VĪZAS PIETEIKUMS

Comment by thrusting prostate massager

August 26, 2023 @ 9:41 pm

This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here keep up the good work

Comment by last minute naar lahania

August 31, 2023 @ 3:24 am

Its a great pleasure reading your post.Its full of information I am looking for and I love to post a comment that “The content of your post is awesome” Great work.

Comment by qk Anonymous

September 4, 2023 @ 10:11 am

Very informative post! There is a lot of information here that can help any business get started with a successful social networking campaign.

Comment by 如何獲得越南商務簽證

September 4, 2023 @ 10:11 am

Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post.

Comment by 如何獲得越南商務簽證

September 17, 2023 @ 5:59 am

Thankyou for this wondrous post, I am glad I observed this website on yahoo. Visa de Canadá en línea desde Mónaco

Comment by 如何獲得越南商務簽證

September 19, 2023 @ 2:05 am

Excellent article. Very interesting to read. I really love to read such a nice article. Thanks! keep rocking. nexus engine

Comment by 如何獲得越南商務簽證

September 22, 2023 @ 7:55 am

I read that Post and got it fine and informative. Jogo do Tigre

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

To prove you're a person (not a spam script), type the security word shown in the picture.
Anti-Spam Image

Powered by WP Hashcash