Did I rip my stitches? Stumble post op, flat foot correction and bunionectomy
I am 13 days post op. My heel was moved over, some tendons fused in the ankle, and a bunionectomy all at once. I believe I have three screws and a plate all together. I was in a splint for the first week and have now been in a fiberglass cast for six days.
Last night I stumbled and put weight on the cast. I don't think I messed up the fusions or anything because none of that hurts, but I think I may have pulled the stitches in the heel and ankle. Has this ever happened to anyone?
I now have burning where the stitches are, and I think I may be bleeding a little, but I cannot tell because of the cast. I doubt I ripped out the stitches - I imagine that would be extremely painful. On the other hand, I see alot of people on the board are unfortunately in a lot of pain after similar surgeries and until now, this really has not hurt, so maybe I just have a high pain threshold?
I know if I call the doctor I will need to go there but I am having a very hard time on crutches. I think it's likely I will fall if I try to trek to the doctors office. The cast is to come off next week anyway. Am I being foolish by not going to the doctor? Is it possible that in one week the bones/tendons/ligaments will heal enough that I am making matters worse for myself? How bad is it if I did pull or rip the stitches and wait one week to see the doctor?
Sorry for rambling, any insight is greatly appreciated.
Last edited by specktator; 05-27-2009 at 02:03 PM.