Re: 4 week post-op Ankle OATS procedure question
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.