Sutures Out……PT Starts (Kind Of)

Yesterday I had my appointment to remove sutures and for my doctor to take a good look at my incision, tendon, and how I’m progressing (3.5 weeks post-op).  Suture removal (all 16 of them) was a fairly painless process……..they were in a week longer than usual (3 weeks), so they did sting a bit as they were removed.  The incision has healed completely…….no signs of infection, redness, swelling……which are all good news.  I have no residual pain……just some random calf pain (probably my once VERY pronounced calf muscle whithering away to nothing….lol).  I went through a few exercises with him…….ankle flexing/extending and he vigorously massaged my tendon……..after which he stated “that’s better than new”.  He wants me to take the boot off every evening and flex/extend my foot “a few dozen times”……and this weekend I’ll be able to FINALLY take a bath/shower without a cast/boot/worry of getting my foot wet.  I have my next appointment scheduled for  November 24……….that’s when he’ll give the OK for partial weight bearing…..and he’s hoping to have me in 2-shoes by the end of the year (10 weeks).  Overall, I’m pretty happy with my recovery……..things seem to be progressing ahead of the curve.  I’m still doing push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and using dumbells on a daily basis………so I feel some sense of accomplishment, plus I’m hoping to get in the pool in a couple weeks, I feel that would help with overall conditioning immensely………..until then…….stay tuned!

9 Responses to “Sutures Out……PT Starts (Kind Of)”

  1. My physio was just saying today that another person she’s treating who managed to go swimming frequently with the cast on is progressing more quickly than me - the swimming seemed to have kept all the soft tissues throughout the whole leg more mobile. Also said walking in the pool would have been good earlier on in the recovery, obviously because of the water taking the weight.
    Good luck.

  2. Great news - I just had my sutures removed this morning…..only 13 of them for me. Relatively painless process. The doc did the same vigorous massage on my tendon and it did shock me to say the least! Keep on going, seems like you’re doing great!

  3. Dear Stroh,
    I don’t have anything useful to say or suggest - just a jolly good virtual pat on the back, old bean! Enjoy that bath/shower. I raise a glass in your general direction!

  4. @ sam66 - I’ll certainly try to take advantage of our public pool……’s just a short 5 minute drive from the house, so accessibility shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I’m going to wait until my final two weeks of NWB are over, just to err on the side of caution.
    @ limmerz - good to hear your recovery is progressing along splendidly. Sounds like you and I are on somewhat of the same path…..and I agree, when my surgeon started massaging my tendon, I thought I was going to pass out! I figure he’s been doing this for 43 years, so he must know a thing or two more than I do……haha.
    @ smoley - thanks for the “virtual pat on the back” and for the “mad as a box of frogs” analogy……it certainly keeps me chuckling! I’ll wholeheartedly enjoy that first bath without the boot/cast/plastic cover………and a toast you as well…….here’s to a smashingly fabulous recovery………..Ciao………….Stroh

  5. Good work, Stroh.
    As an aside, I dropped Smoley’s “box of frogs” on an English coworker today and she nearly spit out her coffee laughing (don’t worry, Smoley, I gave you credit). Cheers, Ron

  6. Thanks for the well wishes, Ron………I appreciate it! Hope all is well your way in Denver….we’re getting a bit of snow (in the mountains) over the next several days out here, won’t be long before it’s here on the benches! BTW…..I LOVE the “box of frogs” comment…….that’s a good one! Take care and thanks again for the comment. Ciao…………Stroh

  7. Hi Stroh-
    Been perusing the blogs and saw you are on the same timeline as me. I’m 3.5 weeks post-op too. I got my boot on day 9 but just started weight bearing in the past week. I can get around on one crutch but don’t go very far and have to ice and elevate afterwards…
    Did your PT say you could start swimming soon or is that wishful thinking? Is there a brace we can wear in the water that you know of? I was thinking I’d try a stationary bike because I need some cardio work to keep me happy :)
    Take care-

  8. 2 more weeks would put you right where I am!

    My appointment is the 25th, 2 days before end of week 8 since surgery!

    Enjoy that shower, but do it sitting down! With an adult close by!

  9. @ emily…………… certainly looks like we’re on the same timeline. Swimming, for now, is merely wishful thinking! I would like to get my hands on a brace I can wear in the pool however, when that time comes…..I’ll let you know if I find anything. I’m hoping to put some weight on things this week (my surgeon sees me on the 24th for the “official” PWB moment), so we’ll see how it goes. For now, I’m doing some ROM exercises and last night, for the first time, I slept without the boot……….my wife was happy about that, but things tightened up overnight………so I think that was short lived, much to her chagrin! Best wishes and keep in touch! Ciao…………….Stroh
    @ mari………………….I did enjoy my first cast/boot free shower over the weekend (wow, was it fantastic)! Fear not, a responsible adult was close by! :) Best wishes…………..Stroh

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