Re: more questions
It's hard to tell as each surgeon has their own procedure but I would assume at week 2 you might have your stitches taken out.
I woke up in recovery in a plaster cast, returned one week later, they took it off checked my foot visually (checked my screws as they were left sticking out), bandaged and put me into a fiberglass cast.
Week 3-cast removed, stitches removed, bandaged, cast #3
Week 5-cast removed, x-rayed, bandaged, cast #4
Week 8-cast removed, x-rayed,bandaged, cast #5
Week 11-cast removed, x-rayed, screws removed, bandaged and into an aircast.
Swelling decreases over time so cast changes are needed so the original cast doesnt become too loose. They also want to be able to see the incisions and re-do bandages. Also my surgeon would re-position my foot before putting on each cast. He told me in the beginning not to be surprised if it looked like my toes were turned inward a bit. That was intentional.
Cast changes were the best. I loved going for these as they cut mine off and it would be almost an hour by the time I was checked, x-rayed, returned and re-casted. My leg could breathe!! I also would bring a razor, shave cream and a good lotion and they would let me shave my leg and lotion to help with the itch!
Last edited by wants to walk; 08-10-2012 at 05:00 AM.