Well, I had the surgery for my foot and ankle and it was more complicated than we expected. The whole foot had to be re-aligned. They also had to remove a section of the tendon that split and reattach that tendon to a different tendon. Then he had to clean out scar tissue and then he fixed damaged ligaments and then...now for the gross part. He had to remove bone from the front of my heel where it meets the foot bones and then insert two real long screws, like pictured, to hold it all together. It's not very pleasant. I can't put even a smidgen of weight on it. And with the back surgery, crutches weren't an option. I am wheel-chair bound for six or more weeks!
The incision in the side of the foot is HUGE. Real long and wide. But that doesn't cause as much pain as those damn screws in the heel bone into the foot. Sometimes it just aches and won't let up. I have my pain meds but would like to wean off of those pretty soon.
So, I had the surgery on January 28th and am three weeks today in the cast. I get a new cast every ten days. They take it off, send me to xray wearing a long white soft stocking and then come back up and put the plaster back on. Three more weeks to go till I get a walking boot if all is fine, and then four weeks in the walking boot. I'm wondering what my heel will feel like to walk on. I have to start therapy when I get the walking boot and start getting the function of my foot and ankle back, I hope.
I also hope that this is the last of the operations in my life. With all these scars and screws, etc I am getting to feel like a repaired battleship.