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I'm getting ankle surgery

Discussion in 'Health, Fitness, Injuries & Recovery' started by beckylh84, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. beckylh84

    beckylh84 Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Uh, how do I function after surgery being non-weight bearing for up to 2 months? My summer is getting cut short, only 2 weeks left to mountain bike my little heart out (GREAT deal on a 2016 Trek end of September, btw). In February '17 I had back surgery and I was generally able to do most life-essentials 2 weeks out and was skiing at 6 weeks post-op. Now, I'm kind of overwhelmed how I will manage day-to-day life, mostly on my own. Back surgery recovery suddenly seems so easy!

    One of my many concerns is keeping my quads on my immobilized leg from atrophying all the way. I don't even know if there's any exercises I can do to keep that muscle group thinking.

    But holy crap, what am I in for?!?! :eek: :doh:
     
  2. Jilly

    Jilly Moderator Staff Member

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    A friend had her ankle fused last year. She was able to rent a scooter to get around the house. Think the inline scooter you see kids on. She was able to place her bent leg on the platform and literally scoot around the house. I'll have to look for a pic.

    I'm sure PT will help with post op.
     
  3. Gloria

    Gloria Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Mat pilates seems safe, they make a ring that can add resistance too. Just stay away from the leg exstension ( extinction ) machine it's horrible for your knees. Good luck with the surgery.
     
  4. beckylh84

    beckylh84 Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Yeah they wrote me order for a knee scooter and crutches. I'm basically getting a full reconstruction and won't be walking until December. This is going to be awesome. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Jilly

    Jilly Moderator Staff Member

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    So a google ad comes up for something called an" iWALK2.0". Looks like a modern pirate leg....Sounds like you're getting set up.
     
  6. beckylh84

    beckylh84 Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Very slowly getting set up. I'm in that crazy pre-surgery nesting phase right now, which I think isn't helping at all!
     
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    snowski/swimmouse Angel Diva

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    Warm hugs! What's the date?
     
  9. beckylh84

    beckylh84 Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    September 27. So exactly two weeks from today. MTB as much as I can before then. Thankfully biking doesn't bother me at all.
     
  10. mustski

    mustski Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    I'll join in on the hugs and say "good luck." What type of surgery are you getting? What are they doing?
     
  11. beckylh84

    beckylh84 Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Deltoid ligament reconstruction and fixation of the syndesmosis. He's doing the sydesmosis repair with screws instead of the suture repair. Lots of metal going in!
     
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  12. Sandrine

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    Good luck, @beckylh84!
    I had surgery on my ankle last year and I geeked out pretty hard on how to recover as quickly as possible and how to avoid losing too much muscle, then wrote a blog post about it: http://www.srangeon.com/injury/
    (I hope it's okay to post a link! If not, I can message it to you)

    Do you know if you're keeping the metal after everything heals? I still have my plate and 7 screws and it doesn't bother me anymore.
     
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  13. skibum4ever

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    Best of luck to you, @beckylh84. I broke my ankle once, but have no advice since your procedure sounds way more complex than a simple break. I wish you all the best in surgery and recovery.
     
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    beckylh84 Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Your blog is full of very helpful information. Thanks so much for sharing!
     
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