Stitches Out and a Trip to the PGA

2 Week 1 Day Post Op

I had my first post-op visit  on Thursday morning, two weeks after surgery.  It was very uneventful, which is good.  The cast tech cut off my post-op cast and gave my foot a nice cleansing scrub.  A bit of fresh air felt wonderful.  Then the nurse came in and removed the stitches.  That was quick and painless.  Before I knew it I was back in a cast with my foot positioned a little closer to neutral and sent on my way.  I’m just shy of 90 degrees in the new cast.  The nurse felt I could stay in this one until I’m ready for the boot at 6-weeks post-op.  I have a feeling things might get a bit ripe being in the same cast for a month, especially with the warmer weather we’ve been experiencing.

pga1The PGA Championship is being held close to home in the Twin Cities metro area this weekend.  So, to celebrate a new cast I headed out to catch the opening round with my father.  Maybe not my smartest move, but we had a fantastic time.  I wasn’t sure when I might have another chance to attend a major, so I decided to give it a go.  We were able to take a courtesy cart out to one of the far ends of the course, but ended up crutching my way around quite a bit of the course after that.  I’m paying for it today with sore hands and shoulders.  But, it was definitely worth every minute of the 7 hours we spent on the course.

Below is a picture of the incision after the cast came off and before the sutures were removed.  I was pleasantly surprised with size of the incision.  It wasn’t as large as I had feared.  I’m a bit nervous about a spot near the bottom of the incision that appears to be closing slowly.  Hopefully that won’t turn into a problem.  I may have to go in for a cast change just to make sure the wound continues to heal.  I did get a copy of my operative report and I will post that shortly along with a bit more information on the “shortening” procedure.

Incision at 2 Weeks Post-Op

Incision at 2 Weeks Post-Op

2 Responses to “Stitches Out and a Trip to the PGA”

  1. Glad you had a good day at the golf but I bet you were exhausted afterwards. I looked in more detail at that scar and it does look like a little opening neer the heel.
    But I suppose unless the doctors commented then they must think it will be OK.


  2. Tom, now you have a ‘normal’ scar :) I think my scar actually goes a bit lower than that. It’s definitely more medial than mine.


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