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Old 08-25-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Question Help, 12year old daughter ankle OCD surgery I week ago

My daughter had debridement and microfracture for ankle OCD on her Tibia and Talus, 1 week ago. The surgeon has said to weight bear as tolerated straight away. Is this right?? Most other people non wieght bear for 6 weeks. I am worried that if she weight bears straight away it will ruin her surgery. Can anyone help?

 
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Re: Help, 12year old daughter ankle OCD surgery I week ago

I'm not sure how they do it in Australia, but most doctors in the US have patients NWB for at LEAST 6 wks and most are 8. I have heard of some people on here who walked earlier, but have reported problems because of it. Not wanting to scare you and again, not sure of how it is done there, just letting you know what is most common in the US. There are also different kinds and degrees of the surgery and maybe that had to do with it? Have you by chance discussed this with the surgeon and asked his reasoning? Maybe her case is specific to his chosen treatment plan?
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:26 AM   #3
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Re: Help, 12year old daughter ankle OCD surgery I week ago

I had the same problem surgery in may 2021be and my dr had me up walking right away as your describing. I did as the dr said cause after all they are the ones who know what is going in the yoir body.

Needless to say the surgery was a failure and the dr said to live with the pain or get a second opinion. I got the second opinion and found out my ocd had gotten bigger. The new dr was outraged out the old dr for having me up right away andthus leading to it not healing. Call and get a second opinion before she starts to put weight on it so she doesn't mess up the surgery.

 
Old 08-26-2012, 11:31 AM   #4
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Re: Help, 12year old daughter ankle OCD surgery I week ago

I would definitely keep her off it until you get a second opinion -- preferably from an orthopedic surgeon who is an ankle/foot specialist. Unless there's some unusual reason that her doctor is aware of (and we are not) that would make it okay for her to walk on it right away, research shows that this is a very bad idea.

The only factors I can think of would be that she is very young, possibly very light weight (?) and perhaps the lesion is very small (?). I still would not take the risk of making it worse without getting a second opinion, because if she walks on it now, the damage is done and it's too late to go back.

Please let us know what you find out.

 
Old 08-27-2012, 04:46 AM   #5
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Re: Help, 12year old daughter ankle OCD surgery I week ago

I only can tell you my experience:
November2011 - ankle ligament repair and talus ocd surgery - 4 weeks nwb + 2 weeks pwb + 2 wks twb as tolerated
Be careful!
I hope everything turns fine to your daughter!

 
Old 08-31-2012, 05:05 AM   #6
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Re: Help, 12year old daughter ankle OCD surgery I week ago

Thanks to all who replied. Very much appreciated!! We decided to keep her foot elevated and cool with ice and not weight bear until the follow up appointment with the surgeon. That was yesterday, two weeks after the op. We misunderstood what he told us the day after the op and so did the physio who showed her how to use her crutches. The physio had her putting some weight on to it then. " As tolerated " meant starting at zero for at least two weeks then a gradual increase in weight bearing until full at about eight weeks. The key was using the crutches to take 99% at first gradually reduce to zero. No sudden changes. No going fast with the ankle a foot off the ground, which kids love to do when on crutches. Even 1% contact makes her slow down and think.

 
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