Ankle Replacement Surgery

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  1. Babs Hunt

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    Not only did y'all taste some good food, it sounds like y'all had a really good taste of the Spirit of Christmas too @Steve North! :)
     
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  2. Steve North

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    We are off today to the hospital in Sudbury to have the fiberglass cast removed, staples taken out, an X-Ray taken of her ankle, a fiberglass cast installed and then a meeting with her surgeon to discuss her condition....
     
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    Well @Steve North How did everything go yesterday for your wife at her appointment? I hope there was only good news.
     
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    Yes it is good news about her ankle..
    She had an X-Ray and everything is looking good.. The cast was cut off.. Staples came out..
    Instead of another cast, the gave her a removable partial cast to wear if going out.. While she is in the house, keep the ankle open and exposed to allow it to heal and dry out..
    She can shower without any protection.. She takes the partial cast off to sleep which is a big difference and much easier..
    Next appointment is end of January for more X-Rays and perhaps the start of physiotherapy..
    Still NO weight bearing till the end of January..
     
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    Sounds like everything is coming along nicely. :)
     
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    Yes, so far, so good.......
     
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    I took my wife out today for the first time since her ankle replacement.. She still can't weight bear on her ankle..
    I took her to the mall.. I drove up to the door, put her in the knee scooter, got her into the mall, and put her on a bench in the mall.. I did my grocery shopping while she waited for me on the bench.. I then went and put the bags of groceries in the car and then brought the car up to the door.. I got my wife, and helped her back to the car on her scooter..
    No problem at all so far..
    She wanted a coffee so we went to Macdonald's where again she made it into the place and sat down on a chair.. Totally enjoyed a coffee while talking to the people..
    Back in the car and home where she was very pleased with herself for actually getting around on her scooter..
    The only problem was it was a bit nippy out.. It was -27c with a slight breeze giving a wind-chill of about -41c...
    She wants to do it again next week when I go food shopping again..
     
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    Well, my dear wife is still not weight bearing on her ankle..
    She manages to get around quite well with the knee scooter I bought her..
    She is wearing a walking boot only for protection during the day not to bang it against something..
    Still no pain at all..
    She would like me to take her out to the mall again while I do the food shopping on Friday (tomorrow) but they are forecasting freezing rain so we will be staying home and perhaps do the grocery shopping on Saturday or Sunday..
     
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    It really sounds like she is doing wonderful @Steve North. I'm so happy for both of you. :)
     
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    Thanks..
    It isn't easy living and not being able to put any weight at all on your left foot..
    However, so far, she did it.. Yes, she has to hop on the right foot to maneuver herself to a chair or the toilet seat..
    On the 25th, she has an appointment with her specialist at which point X-Rays will be taken to determine the next move which we at hoping is physiotherapy.. If that is the case, she will be in physio for several months at twice a week..
     
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    UPDATE on Annmarie' ankle...
    She saw her doctor on Thursday.. He took X-Rays and told her it is looking extremely good for 6 weeks..
    He put her into an "Air Cast" which is a boot that when tied up, it is blown up inside so the ankle is secure in the boot.. That boot comes off for bathing and sleeping.. She doesn't have to wear it all the time, but she claims it feels wonderful when on.. She can now put a bit of weight on her ankle but not full weight.. He also gave her some movement exercises to do a few tomes a day to start loosening up the joint..
    NO physio yet as he maintains the ankle isn't fully healed yet..
    Next appointment is on March 8th when he wants more X-Rays, and then, if it is fully healed, she can start physiotherapy..
    Still NO pain or discomfort other than that clumsy boot she wears.. The boot is clumsy but comfortable she claims.. Gives lots of support to the ankle..
     
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    Sounds like Annmarie's recovery is going just fine. So glad for the both of you @Steve North. :)
     
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    I hadn't kept up on this thread before. That is a major surgery. I hope all will go well with weight bearing soon. Was any prognosis given prior to surgery when the average person can start full weight bearing? Or is it a case by case healing process?
     
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    Annmarie has now started walking, but only when she has that "air cast" boot on..
    She walks a bit and is fully weight bearing on her ankle..
    She has briefly started to put a bit of weight on the ankle when she is bare feet as well.. so far, no problems, however, according to her doctor, she is still in the healing process and mustn't over do it...
    Again, absolutely NO pain at all and she has not had any pain since the operation.. Some weakness which she has to build back up slowly..
    She has started to do some chores around the house such as the laundry..
     
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    We had an appointment today with Annmarie's ankle doctor.. He took X-Rays and told her the ankle has healed very good.. No more boot which means she can now wear her shoes..
    She can bike, walk, swim, and do stairs.. She has had NO pain at all since the operation..
    She will however carry a cane for the first few weeks till she can have confidence in her activities..
    Its been only 12 weeks since the replacement..
     
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    After 3 months, she will now start physiotherapy to strengthen her ankle..
    She will be going twice a week for at least 3 or 4 months..
     
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    My wife (Annmarie) is now going twice a week to physiotherapy..
    She gets about a 60 minute session every time.. The ankle is coming along very well since she started physio.. She now walks without a cane and can walk the dog for about 20 minutes even though it is still winter up here..
    Absolutely NO pain or discomfort even after her physio..
    Looks like she will be going twice a week for at least the next two months which will bring her to the beginning of June..
    She is planning to go swimming at the pool once a week starting next week.. That should be good for her to just walk in the water..
     
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    Just a quick update on my wife's ankle..
    She is still in physiotherapy twice a week.. She is strengthening up the ankle and improving mobility..
    She can now walk the dog for about 20 or more minutes almost every day weather permitting..
    She walks up the stairs at home without any problem even though we have a chair lift, she doesn't use it often..
    She started to do some gardening..
    The word "pain" doesn't exist..

    She isn't sorry one bit that she had the ankle replaced..
     
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    That is marvelous, Steve.
     
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    The main reason for her success is the physiotherapy she is getting..
    Twice a week for about one hour each time..
    She also does her exercises at home as well as the stationary bike almost every day..
     
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    OK...... Final update !!!
    It is now almost mid July and my wife has just had her last session of physiotherapy for her ankle replacement.. She has been going for 4 months twice a week..
    She can now walk for about 30 minutes, walk up stairs, and go about her regular way of living without any restrictions (or pain of course)....

    A TOTAL SUCCESS !!!!
     
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    I just found this thread. That's great news, @Steve North! I'm happy for your wife and you.
     
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    Thanks..
    The main reason for the success is the amount of physiotherapy she got for her ankle..
    Twice a week for 4 months is an awful lot but the final outcome is really worth it.......
    Thank goodness we didn't have to pay for any of it.. All covered by our Medicare system..
     
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    That's great news Steve! Glad to know she's doing fine.
     
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    I went with my wife for a walk and she now walks about 45 minutes with absolutely no problem..
    She could of walked more but that is what we did and she wasn't in any pain or restrictions..

    WOW !!!!!
     
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