The dreaded day for my OATS surgery came on April 18th. I had to have a cadaver bone used since my osteochondral desicans was 20mm x 18mm x 8mm.
I had a cast on from May 2nd until May 27th when I got the thing soaked.
It feels amazing to be in a boot though and to be able to shower normally. I still use my shower chair.
I was wondering, my OS told me no weight bearing on May 30th until he sees me again July 11th. I only need to go in if I have signs of infection (which I do not) or any increased pain/swelling.
Is it still normal for your leg to turn purplish/red when it is not elevated? I also have a dent in the spot where I believe the cadaver bone was placed. Everything looked amazing on x ray he said and my body is taking to the new bone very well. He does not want to have me bear any weight because this is really my last stop before a replacement or a fusion and I am only 28 years old. This injury happened almost 18 years ago and this OATS procedure is lucky #3 for me for surgeries on this ankle. My fibula had to be broken to get the graft in since the spot was so huge as well. I have a plate with 6 screws on top of the cadaver bone in my talus. He used screws that could be dissolved.
My questions though for you who went through this are:
-How long does your foot turn reddish purple when not elevated? (I was told this was still normal.)
-How long was PT and how bad did it hurt?
-How long were all of you non weight bearing? I am only 8 weeks out and he does not want to jeopardize things like I stated above the healing of this surgery.
-Is it true that many people who had this surgery do not know if it worked until at least 6 months post-op?
-How are your lives not after having this surgery? I know I will never have a normal ankle and I will have days where I have pain, but I just want to be able to chase after my toddler and walk a couple of miles, or use an elliptical.
-I asked my surgeon these questions as well, and he said they all vary greatly from case to case basis. I do know that as well, but I feel so alone in this recovery. When I mention what is wrong with my ankle, and my surgery to my family/friends, they were like....whoa holy crap. They do not really understand or realize how invasive this is.
Thank you to all who will respond to my weird questions. Any feedback on how to speed up a recovery is a good thing. I have been air bicycling and getting plenty of vitamin D, calcium, etc. to promote healing.
A woman who has dealt with a bad left ankle since 1994 (6th grade volleyball injury that was a severe sprained ankle.) It will be 18 years this October...sigh
-3 surgeries on left ankle
-countless rounds of PT (before surgeries)
-many cortisone shots
-non weight bearing long before surgeries to see if it would help
-custom orthodics for both feet
-too many x rays to keep track of
I still am blessed no matter what. Thank you all and take care!