I am new to this board. I found it when googling for information about my upcoming surgery.
Of course I couldn't think of these questions when I saw the Dr., and won't see him again until just before the surgery. I am hoping someone here can help me alleviate my concerns.
He did tell me I will be in a cast for 6 weeks, nwb and then a 'boot' for 4 more weeks. I didn't ask what type of cast it will be?? and what is a 'boot"??
I have bad shoulders (2 surgeries on one, and frozen shoulder on the other) and am really concerned with using crutches. I had a previous surgery on this foot and that was pre-shoulder surgery and found using the crutches excruitiating. I did mention it to him and he mentioned the hand type crutches, but as I have osteo arthritis in my hands I can't think that is going to be easy either.
What is the pain level after the surgery? He said he is going to keep me in the hospital overnight for 'pain management'. I can't take Tylenol 3 so hope there is an alternative once I leave the hospital. I know I don't have a huge pain tolerance.
Althought this is going to be my 12th surgery (various body parts
) I am finding I am really nervous about this one. Maybe it is because I know what it is all about. He did tell me that it will probably a year before I look back and say "what a good idea that was"
so I know I am in it for the long haul
OH, does this surgery usually need physical therapy after?
Thanks for any input. It is great to be able to ask questions of those that have been thru it and have first hand knowledge.