6 Week Post Surgery Appt - Going backwards!

Here is the latest from me. I last posted about how happy I was to be in two shoes after achilles tendonitis repair surgery and bone spur removal. Well, now my body is rejecting the dissolving sutures. I had my 6 week doctor appt and he is putting me on antibiotics. Also, at the top part of the incision, a few days ago it started bleeding internally (black) and became noticeable swollen (like a lump)! So, I’m back in the boot and I see him again in 2 weeks. If the swelling doesn’t go down, I will have to immobilize my foot for 6 to 8 weeks and take another leave of absence from my part-time job! Not a good day! I was expecting to start PT but now that I have this lump, no PT and no more stationary bike either.

15 Responses to “6 Week Post Surgery Appt - Going backwards!”

  1. Wow. Hang in there. I hope you are better soon.

  2. Tough. Good luck with it.

  3. Ugh! I didn’t know that your body could reject sutures. That’s shocking. I hope that the antibiotics turn things around for you. Good luck.

  4. That’s awful. Hope that the antibiotics kill the infection and that you get back on track soon.

  5. Hi Pugnut68,

    I am sorry to hear about your setback. I have read through your posts and some things seem a bit too quick. The fact that you did not have a boot or cast on initially was amazing - and driving at 4 weeks?

    I have researched a lot of the protocols out there and yours seems to be the most aggressive ATR approach that I have seen. I have DVT’s and they are not fun - shots in the stomach and Warfarin.

    For now, deal with the infection and slow down a bit if possible. It appears that your Doc is a bit loose and you are trying to run before you crawl.

    Good luck and I wish you a quick, bounce-back recovery.

  6. Thanks for the encouragement everyone. I’m back in the boot. Hopefully for just 2 more weeks and not immobilized for 6-8 weeks! I’m trying to not think of that possibility. Ron, I didn’t have an ATR. It was surgery to remove a bone spur and repair the damaged tendon. So the protocol is quicker but probably shouldn’t have been that quick.

  7. Hang in there, pugnut! Let’s hope the antibiotics take care of the problem and that you can get back on your feet (literally!) in two weeks.

  8. Ditto from me . Setbacks are nasty - both on the body and the mind but keeping hanging in there! We’re all sending you positive vibes.

  9. Hang in there - let’s try to remember a year from now we will look back on this and not even remember how much of a pain it was! (HOPEFULLY) :)

  10. I’m wondering if this new little hard lump at the top of the incision could be a suture abscess? Anyone ever had that? Just doing research, and it seems like it’s something that has to be removed. I hate having to wait 2 weeks to find out what it is. Already done with the 5 day antibiotics course and the lump is still there. Seems like ever since the surgery, I’ve always been counting the days for the next doctor appt. What will come next in this journey….

  11. Scar tissue pugnut? I have something similar and neither the therapist or surgeon seem to be concerned….

  12. I just read your response that you left @yterann. I know you must be feeling discouraged but, you mustn’t give up. I too had surgery to get rid of Haglund’s deformity and an additional bone spur on the side of my heel. My achilles had totally ruptured. I had to have two anchors to secure the achilles to my heel. I was in a lot of pain before surgery. It has been a VERY LONG road to recovery, but I think I am FINALLY GETTING THERE. I wore that stupid boot for about 5 months. THere were 3 times that I THOUGHT I was going to be able to get out of it, but the pain would return. I have healed short, and am working, through physical therapy to try to stretch my hamstring and lower back muscles. I had to switch physical therapists and found that made a world of difference. I had surgery in March, 2013, and wore the boot until September 2013. I had two rounds of a steroid medication and thought that would do the trick, but it didn’t. I finally got a shot in my heel, AWAY from the achilles and it has helped. I have been in two shoes for about 5 weeks. I still have a lot of pain when I’m on my feet a lot, and I’m an elementary teacher, so being on my feet is a must. But, with the physical therapy, going to a chiropractor, and doing lots of exercises it helps. DOn’t give up. It will get better. At 7 weeks, I will still in the boot using crutches. You can do it. Be sure to post your progress-you will get there.

  13. Thanks Kelliblw. I hope I’m more encouraging after Friday when I see the doctor for the latest verdict. I’m most worried about that lump on my incision. It has not gone away at all. Which means it might be the actual tendon and not just a suture infection. The waiting is the hardest part. I’m pretty much in pain any time I am moving. So I don’t move much, but I’m gaining weight too. I thought because my tendon was not a rupture that I would heal quicker. But it doesn’t seem to be happening. Some day I hope to get to try PT. The doctor doesn’t seem to think PT is so great though. But I would like to try it when it is safe to do so. You had to switch PTs. How will I know if I have a “good” one? Oh, and I’ve been wearing this darn boot on and off since 2010. I hope to some day “give it the boot” for good! ;)

  14. Good Luck at your Friday appointment. I would highly recommend physical therapy. The first place I went to was really good, but they were associated with our very small, local hospital. They had all kinds of machinery, and gadgets to help with the recovery process. Also, the PT’s there were VERY YOUNG. None over 30 years old. I am a hard case to crack since the bone spur ruptured my achilles. I stayed with them for several weeks until they flat admitted that they were out of ideas when I wasn’t getting much better. The 2nd PT that I am currently going to, is in a private practice. She doesn’t have all the latest machines and gadgets, but she uses her hands for manual manipulation A LOT. I have healed “short”, so I am trying to stretch my achilles, all the way up my leg into my lower back. She does a lot of massage, and it is seeming to help. She is a little bit older and really knows her stuff. I felt bad ditching the first PT’s that I went to, because I really liked them, and they seemed truly concerned, but I just wasn’t getting any better. Good Luck. Let us know how your appointment goes. KW

  15. hi guys
    i also had haglunds deformity and the usual tendon removed and bone clenaed etc. however my heels healed but i was suffering with flexibility in my tendons. i still have problems walking. also my body started rejecting the sutches and yes i am still getting sutches being rejected and thats with three ops. get this i had both ankles done at the same time. and the surgeon wanted me to walk out the hospital the same day which i politely declined. however i get physio once a week, not enough in my opinion and the surgeon not concerned. post op here on Saint Helena is crap to say the least.

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