I managed a complete left ATR Oct 5, 2016 and had surgery the 13th. Now I am 6 weeks post ATR and almost 5 weeks post-surgery.
I am an active 69 ½ year-old male who enjoys hiking (missed this beautiful fall in Las Vegas), swimming laps, walking, and spending almost an hour in the gym 5 days a week. I am a retired LEO who was required to stay fit and I have had even more time to do this since I was required to retire at 57. I have worked and done volunteer work part-time since retirement. I have no chronic conditions except well controlled asthma.
The surgeon told me my age suggested a non-surgery approach, but urged him to cut. I know conservative treatment is favored on this board, but I figured a “lifetime” repair was more likely with surgery. I had successful back surgery 13 years ago; that might have made me lean toward the knife. Also I found rave reviews on the surgeon.
My surgeon, who is middle aged, told me he had done 42 re-attachments, and he said a complete ATR was relatively rare. I think his practice, near a number of retirement communities, consists mostly of hip and knee replacements.
The surgery involved a 3 inch cut on my leg and heel; the surgeon stated he simply stitched the two ends of my AT together. I was numbed up very well, but was happy to be able to feel my toes (and pain) after 2 or 3 days.
The pain, or mostly lack thereof, has been a pleasant surprise. This is not a particularly painful injury. The ER and surgeon referred me back to my internist for pain meds, which started with low doses of hydrocodone that will end shortly. My internist also referred me to a pain-doc who gave me a letter authorizing medical marijuana, which has been very effective.
Nine days after surgery the staples came out and I got a walking moon boot, with instructions to put no weight on the foot pending my Nov 23 exam. I was told I could start some flexibility exercises.
I got an iWalk 2.0 after surgery, and this crutch has worked great for me. I also borrowed a walker and platform cane. I saved almost 30% on the iWalk buying it new on eBay.
My progress has been as good as I could expect so far (5 wks PO). My wife has been great, and I have been able to do more and more around the house.
House cleaning has been probably my best exercise. Also iWalking through casinos to get to food gives me good walking exercise on rugs.
I plan to post updates on my progress and will be glad to answer any questions, since I seem to have extra time on my hands these days.
If you came upon this site thru scouring the Web immediately after your injury and at the beginning of your recovery, stay positive!
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