| | S/P OATS 2 months: Osteotomy Slipped
Well, I'm completely bummed. At this point I regret the surgery. We decided to proceed with the surgery with a goal of pain releif. And it's only made things worse. It's been one thing after another. My incision wasn't healing as my body had rejected a small area of the internal sutures which caused a mild infection. (Only requiring triple anti-biotic ointment) So, I couldn't wear the boot for a while because it dug into where the wound wasn't healing from this infection. Therefor, the ankle almost started to "fuse" itself at a 10 degree angle downward, so when the incision DID heal, I couldn't put the boot on without excruciating pain because it pushed the foot/ankle upward. So, I was still without the boot when my crutch slipped on our wet deck and I went down hard onto the operative foot/ankle and it was one of the worst pains I've ever felt. Prior to this, I'd been having increased pain, decreased mobility, they were unwilling to re-fill scripts for painkillers and I called nearly demanding a CT, as the X-rays were looking good. Well, the day after the fall, I went in and the X-ray showed a slipped osteotomy - and suprise - I did need a CT for additional views of the osteotomy. They gave me a prescription for Percocet. When this ran out I called requesting more and they would only give me Vicodin, which I've been using for nearly 8 months and I've expressed to them that it's not helping any more. So, again, the Vicodin is gone and they won't give me another refill... of ANYTHING for that matter... and I'm in miserable pain. I can honestly see why people with chronic pain commit suicide. My OS is on vacation until the end of the month so I can't have surgery to repair the slipped osteotomy until early August. In the mean time, I'm in pain. In addition, after being on pain killers so long, and now not having anything, I'm going through withdrawl. So, between the pain and vomiting... I'm bleeping miserable. And I just wonder... what's the point of taking me off the pain meds now when I'm going to undergo another surgery in 3 more weeks... and they're going to put me right back on pain killers then... all for me to end up going through another withdrawl. I understand I'm going to go through withdrawl when this is all said and done... buy why now? Why twice? Why when I'm still in pain? But mostly what I want to know... is WHY am I still in pain? What in the hell is wrong? Or is everyone still in pain @ 2+ months? This is unbeleiveable.
Has anyone else had their osteotomy slip? Have to re-operate? What should I expect with this surgery? Will there be another cast? Is it as invasive as the OATS procedure???
Last edited by mstreet2379; 07-08-2009 at 02:47 PM.