I just saw my OS today for my 4 week post op and all is going well. I'm out of the plaster splint now (thank goodness) and into a boot. [I must say, I've never been so happy to be able to shave my legs]. I'm able to start doing up/down flexes with the foot which is nice. I'm noticeing though that when I extend the foot in an upward motion it's very stiff and aches. Almost like the allograft is too big and immobilizing the upward mobility of my ankle.
Has anyone that's had the OATS procedure experienced this? Is this something that gets better with PT? Or should I be nervous that the allograft is too big?
I'm almost 11 weeks post op and my ankle is REALLY stiff, so I wouldn't worry so much. I'll be starting PT soon and I believe that along with walking in regular shoes should help.
Maybe talk to your doctor and ask him why it feels like the graft is too big. It's probably just stiffness, don't you think? I highly doubt they would put an oversized graft in there, especially since you say you're seeing a great doctor.
That makes me feel better that you're 11 weeks out with a lot of stiffness.† I expected the mobility to be limited, but didn't realized just how stiff it would be.† I'm going to ride it out until my next visit, 6/25/09, just to see how it progresses† within that time frame.† I may be overanalyzing things too though because the graft was very large.† My OS discussed with me that it was bigger than I what I needed, but we mutually agreed that we would proceed with surgery with the graft he had, and in the OR he would try to "cut it down to size".† We also agreed that in the event he did not feel the OATS procedure would be successful, or the graft was simply not going to work... he would discontinue the OATS procedure and proceed with total ankle replacement.† He also explained that if he beleived the OATS procedure would be successful at the time of the operation, there was no guarantee that it would be successful... because we just have to see how it heals.† The severity of my OCD was very, very remarkable... and the OATS procedure was the least invasive of treatments to attempt to releive my pain.† So, because of the severity and the guessing game we have to play as I heal... I may just be overanalyzing any limited mobility, pain, swelling, etc. Overall though, I beleive I'm doing good.†Oh... by any chance have you noticed a purpilish hue to your foot and ankle? Or a tiny bit of decreased sensitivity to touch with the toes/foot? I'm assuming that's from the trauma of surgery and will go away with time.
I had OATS 16 months ago and I remember when it felt like a golfball was in my ankle graft and knee donor site. I think it's just swelling and it makes the joint feel like there's a lot of pressure/stiffness. That will eventually go away!
Yeah, my toes, ankle, actually my entire foot turns a reddish-purple if it's down for too long or if I walk a lot on it. I think the surgery throws our circulatory and lymphatic systems out of whack for a while. My toes and different parts of my foot felt weird for a while, but I think they're finally starting to get back to normal. The incision areas still feel a little tender to touch, and sometimes when I rub my scars with mederma, I feel like I'm not touching the actual scar but off of the scar. It's weird. I've heard this is normal. I think your nerves get tweaked a little with surgery.