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Old 04-13-2011, 08:36 AM   #1
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Talking 4 weeks pttd surgery

I'm now one month post pttd surgery (repair of completely torn tendon). This makes a total of wearing a cast, non-weight-bearing since February. Doc had me in a walking cast while tendon was still only partially torn, but then the tendon actually tore completely while wearing the pre-op cast. No pain now, only itching in the cast, with an occasional "sticking" feeling at the incision. The thing that is getting to me is the isolation. I use a wheelchair as the crutches (tried regular and cuff crutches) hurt my wrists and I actually pulled a muscle in my left arm. I am overweight with no one to blame but myself and this also made using crutches impossible. I've had a few visitors, but getting to the door while hubby is at work is a little difficult. Also, I still have swelling inside the cast if my foot is not elevated. I've only been able to sit long enough for meals. It is hard having visitors while keeping the foot up on 3 pillows. Many kind friends and neighbors just do not seem to understand how tired one gets while struggling with post-surgery limitations and weakness. I do get outside on the deck on weekends when it is warm enough. I have the usual post-surgery "nest", surrounded by the phone, TV, laptop, books, and even quilting. Just feel like this cabin fever is overwhelming. Any suggestions from the experienced ones out there? Thanks for your support!

 
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It's tough. I am 6 weeks out and really have only been out the house 3 times since this surgerey to go to the doctor. I have six flight of stairs making it very hard to get out. This is the most alone and detached from life feeling I have ever had. Everyone works during the day so I have no company. Just wanted to relay you are not alone.

 
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It's tough. I am 6 weeks out and really have only been out the house 3 times since this surgerey to go to the doctor. I have six flight of stairs making it very hard to get out. This is the most alone and detached from life feeling I have ever had. Everyone works during the day so I have no company. Just wanted to relay you are not alone.
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Thanks for support; knowing others are going through the same thing makes the situation seem more bearable. I can't imagine that many stairs; I struggle with just 4 steps to get out of the house. I guess we'll get through one way or another.

 
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I'm now one month post pttd surgery (repair of completely torn tendon). This makes a total of wearing a cast, non-weight-bearing since February. Doc had me in a walking cast while tendon was still only partially torn, but then the tendon actually tore completely while wearing the pre-op cast. No pain now, only itching in the cast, with an occasional "sticking" feeling at the incision. The thing that is getting to me is the isolation. I use a wheelchair as the crutches (tried regular and cuff crutches) hurt my wrists and I actually pulled a muscle in my left arm. I am overweight with no one to blame but myself and this also made using crutches impossible. I've had a few visitors, but getting to the door while hubby is at work is a little difficult. Also, I still have swelling inside the cast if my foot is not elevated. I've only been able to sit long enough for meals. It is hard having visitors while keeping the foot up on 3 pillows. Many kind friends and neighbors just do not seem to understand how tired one gets while struggling with post-surgery limitations and weakness. I do get outside on the deck on weekends when it is warm enough. I have the usual post-surgery "nest", surrounded by the phone, TV, laptop, books, and even quilting. Just feel like this cabin fever is overwhelming. Any suggestions from the experienced ones out there? Thanks for your support!
Whos was ur dr down state?

 
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Re: 4 weeks pttd surgery

Dr. Claire Capobianco, podiatrist, but specially trained in foot and ankle reconstruction.

 
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Dr. Claire Capobianco, podiatrist, but specially trained in foot and ankle reconstruction.
How did you like her? Im trying to find a better dr, all the onese up here seem not to care.

 
Old 04-13-2011, 07:17 PM   #7
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Re: 4 weeks pttd surgery

Well, since I'm only 4 weeks post surgery, I guess I'll have to wait and see. But as far as her response when I first went to her, I was very pleased. She is very patient and informs you of every step she'll be taking. At the hospital before surgery, she explained exactly what would be happening and promptly gave me a copy of the post op note when I went back for my checkup. Also, she responded very quickly when I developed back pain the day after surgery. She promptly prescribed a muscle relaxer which worked immediately. The pain after surgery was very minimal after the first 3 days. You mentioned BelAir MD. My son had a serious fall a few years ago and shattered his ankle and heel. He went to Dr. Jeffrey Brodie. His surgery turned out very well and he had no problem even now. Good luck.

 
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Marlin Hunter
Where do you live and who do you see now?

 
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Where do you live and who do you see now?
Sussex Co. Delaware. Dr. Claire Capobianco

 
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