Getting ready for ankle reconstruction
It all started with a minor spraIned ankle so I thought. After two months of seeing a podiatrist, ankle was not getting better. Decided to see my chiropractor on the first visit she said you need a MRI and a day later I was seeing a surgeon. I was told I needed an ankle reconstruction, surgery would last 90 minutes. I would be in a soft cast for 2wks and then I would get in a non bearing Weight cast for two months. Physical therapy for 4 to 6 wks. Oh yeah I wasn't going to drive for 4 months!
On the outside I was cool asking question, oh yeah can't drive for that long because it's my right ankle of course that makes sense!
In the inside, All I could think was what was a reconstruction? What? No, I don't need this. But of course I set the date.
Now this is going to seem crazy, but I am a very easy going person 90% of the time. The other 10% I like to know the worst case scenario so when I go thru the situation, i find myself saying ah that wasn't so bad.
So what did I do? I went To this site and to utube and read and saw the surgery.
I share this because we all have a way to deal with life and gain some control. This my way, find yours.
Listen, I am skipping the going under anesthesia and going straight to when I woke up. Turns out my surgery wasn't 90minutes it was 5 hours, why you ask? I had a lateral ankle reconstruction, and it was not one ligament but two ligaments to be repaired. I also had a peroneus brevis reconstruction, this meant they also had to repair a tendon.
I finally went home ten hours later, feeling no pain. Pain meds were waiting at home. I read on this site, the best thing you can do is to have no pain. The suggestion was take two pain pills every four hours for the first two weeks. I followed this suggestion and it was the smartest thing to do. I learned quickly it easier to keep the pain level low, then to lower the pain when it's high. I started with percadine until they were gone, from then on vicodin was what help. It was important to eat something and drink plenty of water. Constipation is a side effect so stool softners are needed.
They tell you to keep your foot elevated higher then your heart. Ice consistently, I didn't feel It all the time, but when I didn't have ice i could feel the difference.
Last edited by Grcfoster; 07-12-2012 at 11:02 AM.