I had my OATS procedure done on 4/30/2009 and am exactly 2 weeks out right now and quite amazed at my recovery to this point.
I did have the nerve sheeth cathadar for about 4 days, worked wonders... and my 6 year old took it out when it was time. She thought it was totally cool.
At my 1 week post-op visit, I thought I was doing great, and it turned out that under my plaster splint, I had excessive swelling that nearly ripped through my staples. HOWEVER; I didn't feel a thing with that. (This was not do to surgery complications, it was because I felt good so I was walking around with crutches, a LOT. My foot was suppose to be elevated with the exception of going to the bathroom and that was it. So, from my foot being down, it swelled excessivly. So, I elevated my foot and saw my O.S. 4 days later and the swelling was down significantly. The new splint they had put on @ my 1 week appt. hurt like hell. It also dug into my staples and I almost ripped the whole dang thing off one night... but I knew all of that was my own fault because I didn't listen, I was walking around (on crutches) like nothing happened. Silly me.
Haven't taken any pain killers for about 1 week now which is great, just an 800mg Ibuproifin as needed for a naggy ache here and there.
My most difficult task is showering, thank God for the shower chair we bought as well as the removable shower head.
Other than that, I'm doing great. I'm driving (and of course, my doc says no driving since it's my right foot), but I just accelerate to the speed limit, hit cruise, then hover my foot over the break pedal in case it's needed. I guess it's illegal in WI to drive with a cast of any sort on, but I called our police department and 2 of the officers there didn't know if it was legal or illegal... and another day saw a friend of mine who is a police officer and he didn't know either. So, if they don't know, how are they going to give you a ticket? Just watch ur *** from getting sued if you ARE in an accident.
So, overall, I wanted to let everyone know how I was doing... which is great!
Is this because my doc is so great? He graduated 3rd in his class in med school! He seriously knows his sh*t!!!
I'll continue to update this as the healing process goes on....