Hi All, I'm new here. I'm 28 and broke my fibula and ankle (compound fracture where my bone came through the skin - slow motion horror film) in March. I underwent surgery and received an 8" plate and 11 screws to stabilize my ankle. It's been a troublesome recovery (bed rest for 2 months, physical therapy for 8 months) and just when I start to feel like myself again - BAM! - I get hit with the news that the break in my fibula has not healed and there's still a 1/2" gap between the bone. Which means I need to have a bone graft.
They'll be harvesting bone from my iliac crest (hip) and replacing the screws, plate and bone material in my fibula. This isn't going to be a walk in the park and I've got another long road of recovery in front of me. I want to be as prepared as possible to heal quickly and efficiently so I can have my athletic abilities and normal life back.
I am gluten-free, nut free, and beef free. I unfortunately gained about 15 pounds through this ordeal (I'm 5'8", now 140 lbs) since I used to run 5 miles a day and now can't exercise the way I used to. So while my health and healing is #1, vanity comes in somewhere in the top 5.
Any nutritional advice is much appreciated. What to eat pre and post surgery, supplements, vitamins, etc. Bring it on!