suthrnman’s AchillesBlog

May 11th, 2013

1 yr-10 mo; My calf muscle is disappearing–surgery

Posted by suthrnman in Journal

I reached a point of despair a couple of weeks ago.  It hit me that my calf muscle seems to be getting smaller and weaker.  I set an appointment with a below the knee specialist in Houston–went yesterday.  Dr. Jay Oates was encouraging in one sense–he believes I made a wise choice with non-op; however, the results after re-rupture are not so great.  He suggested I was at 65% of original strength, but I will have to disagree . . . seems much less than 50%.

Dr. Oates believes my calf strength will not improve anymore from this point and offered the option of surgery to “cut a chunk out” and reattach.  When I left, I thought I would work hard on rehab for a month or so and then decide. However, after arriving home and going for a couple of miles walk, I believe I need to have the surgery asap.  It is not getting better and I don’t want to live with it.

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