Originally Posted by angel79202
..has anyone else had to do a second surgery?
Hi Angel -
I am facing my second surgery later this year.
My first OCD surgery (microfracture/debridement) was April of 2010. I thought things were pretty good from that, but within about a year, I was having some of the same issues, that just seemed to spiral. I liked the doctor I had, but I was on different insurance at that time and he was the only OS in the plan. (Thankfully he was good!)
Now, with different coverage, I was able to visit an OS highly recommended by my primary (who is a sports med doc) and a friend who is a physical therapist.
At first, he felt the location and size of my OCD was problematic and would not support another microfracture/debridement and seriously considered sending me to a colleague in a neighboring state who could consider an allograft. After a new MRI though, he felt he could successfully do another microfracture/debridement and get to the source of my pain and locking. (And as he said, if that didn't work, the allograft was still a possibility.)
There are a few things this doc will do differently. Last time I was in surgical dressing after the surgery - this time I will be in something like a plaster cast. Last time I started gentle PT (at an office) less than a month after surgery - this time they are thinking no PT. I will be 8 weeks (at least) NWB and then start working on adding weight to the ankle without any boot or support.
I'm trying to schedule this to best fit my schedule. With a beach-side wedding at the beginning of September, I have decided to hold off until after that. Then my youngest marches with the university band (in color guard - and is captain) - and September is filled with three home games and an exhibition in a neighboring state. Which brings me to October for the surgery. I'm also running for political office - and October-November will be the toughest time of the campaign - but that same daughter marches in an independent winter guard and their season begins solidly in November (with competitions starting in January) and so I have to be fairly mobile for that. I figure October surgery puts me starting weight bearing in December and with luck - I'll be off crutches by competition season.
These OCD's are nasty. They don't like to go away it seems.
Take your time and heal properly. None of us likes to be side-lined - but sometimes we can't help it. Look at your side-line time as a challenge of what you CAN do while on crutches.
Last time around - I worked on dancing with one leg and a crutch. It can be done - and its good exercise. Find what you love and modify it to what you can do.