Re: Evans Calcaneal Osteotomy and Ankle Scope
I am 16 months post op ptt/spring ligament repair, tendon transfer, calcaneal/cotton osteotomies and gastroc recession. My doctor does not perform the surgery outpatient. He routinely keeps his patients in the hospital two to three nights for pain management. I couldn't imagine going home the same day. I took rx narcotics when I got home. I took the max dose for about 5 days and then over the next week, weaned off of all pain meds.
I was non weight bearing 8 weeks followed by 6 or 7 weeks in a boot anytime my foot was on the floor.
Be sure that you get a raised seat to put over the toilet, shower chair, lots of pillows to elevate your foot and look into renting a kneewalker. You will need help for several weeks.
I was out of work 4 months but then again I have an active job. The doctor would have released me for work at about 3 months if my job was sedentary.
I would NOT drive when non weight bearing. How will you safely get in and out of the car without tripping. You will also have a very bulky cast on. Luckily your surgical foot was your left foot so you should be able to drive after 2 months as long as you have an automatic car.
I started pt at about 5 or 6 weeks post op for range of motion NWB.
I am able to wear shoes but I am careful to wear shoes that will provide support and I do not wear heels or pointy toe shoes. The last thinf I want is to damage my "new foot" or have the other foot end up requiring surgery.
I am doing very well now. Prior to surgery, I was in pain after taking 7 or 8 steps and my foot had pancaked. When I stood, my ankle was starting to cave in towards the floor. Now I am able to work all day and then run errands after work with no problem. Honestly, it took close to a year to really start to feel like the surgery was worth it. Now I feel as if it gave me my life back.
Keep in mind that flat foot surgery is complicated, has a long recovery and an overall success rate of 50%. If you use a skilled surgeon who does the proceeduce frequently then the chances of a good outcome are much higher. I would definitely get a second opinion and be sure that your surgeon is very experienced with the surgery. Some surgeons perform a few a year while others do them frequently. My doctor does three or four a week and is actively involved in clinical studies about flat foot reconstruction.