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Old 01-24-2012, 02:25 AM   #1
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Post-surgery Ankle faux-pas...

Hello all!

Having a bit of a worry over here, so I thought I'd run this scenario by y'all and find out more info...

In massive car accident where I sustained a TBI and traumatic injuries to both ankles nearly two years ago. I recently had my fourth reconstructive ankle surgery, a minor procedure, to install fusion pins in my toes, and complete a final shift of the Calcaneus (heel,) to improve my gait and maintain a comfortable walking length of time-Screws had to be implanted.

Problem: After about two weeks from the surgery, Dr. Surgeon is on a well deserved Christmas break, so his P.A. sees me. He says the foot looks great and the heel has all but healed, so I'm welcome to go home in a boot, no cast necessary. After four surgeries, I'm pretty, "Hell yeah" about that. He says it will be good for me because this way, I can take it off at night and try to get some movement stretching and moving my feet-but I'm not ready to weight bear yet.

After a week or so of that, any residual pain disappears. HOWEVER, at this point arthritis from my OTHER ankle has kicked in on a near-constant basis, making movement very difficult, since this is the only foot I have available to walk on. Delicately, I've been alternating movement with both feet and the use of crutches, because its getting harder and harder to walk.

I'm very worried now that I've had a chance to stew over it, that the early weight-bearing may have compromised the integrity of the surgery, namely the screw implants. Any suggestion for the best way to handle this? Should I call my surgeon and tell him? Or should I just get off it and become a hermit for the next three weeks until I actually see him again?

Thanks all for taking the time.

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Old 01-24-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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Re: Post-surgery Ankle faux-pas...

Yikes, it sounds like you've really been through the wars!

Do call your surgeon and let him know. For now, you might want to consider a wheelchair or other device for outside the home. I have multiple injuries, and if I wind up doing knee surgery this summer, I will definitely get a wheelchair so I can go out. Or you could get a boot/brace on the other foot.

Hang in there!

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