Originally Posted by kathall
I'm scheduled for a Triple Arthrodesis June 11 and and am scared to death about the whole thing. I've learned a lot from reading and rereading all the posts. My doctor says NWB for 2 months and then a walking boot if all goes well. Does that mean I will be able to walk without crutches,etc. Will I be able to start teaching when school starts up August 24? How exactly will I get around at that point. Any advice and encouragement will be greatly appreciated.
I recently endured the same surgery that you will be having on June 11. I don't know about you, but I have endured a lot of surgeries in my lifetime. That helped to ease my stress, along with supportive family and friends.
As far as the surgery..it was done on outpatient basis and I couldn't ask for more of an understanding doctor and staff. There has been a lot of pain...I won't lie to you. In a few days, I go for my first follow up visit. At that time, the doctor will remove the stitches an place and clean dressing on my leg. Additionally, he will place me in a be going to my knee.
I know that will remove a lot of pain..I SURE can live w/out the the crutches!! I will still be flat on my beck for for about 8 week.
The other leg has to be have the same surgery after this one. Oh, boy! After all that is completed than I have to go to physical therapy.
I will tell this...I have had knee problems all of my life. I have seen one orthopedic after another and over a total of 10 surgeries on my knees during my life time. As soon as I woke up from the first arthrodesis completed, my knee did not hurt at all and NEVER has! My surgeon told me that all the pressure on my foot was probably causing the knee, hip, and back pain.
I hope that this calms your mind and that you look forward to the good outcome of this surgery! Good Luck and I will be praying for you!