Released At Last

2 weeks after surgery

Today was my last visit to the doctor’s office. My surgery was on October 7. It seems to be a success. No pain except for the healing pains.

The purpose of this blog is to share my experience with my complete ankle replacement so those having the same surgery could know what to expect.

I have to admit the first 3 days after surgery was tough. I had never been in this much pain. What had I done? Am I crazy?

Finally the pain began to subside. It was at least bearable. The crutches were a nuisance. Everything I did was a chore. Nothing was easy.

When he moved me up to the walking boot life was grand. I could do a lot more. I was even graining the horses. I did some trout fishing. The day after Christmas I graduated to a regular shoe.

This presented some problems. I was having to deal with a lot of swelling. Now I had to figure out how to get my foot in the shoe. Another problem was I was unable to use those muscles for 12 weeks and they were very weak. That made it hard to walk.

I take it day by day. There is improvement every day. It could take 8 months to a year to completely heal.

Would I do it again knowing what I know now? Absolutely! The benefits outweigh the tough times after surgery.

I hope this helps those who are considering going through the surgery. it’s a tough decision. I am glad I chose surgery.

11 thoughts on “Released At Last

  1. That’s such great news, no more pain! I fell and broke my wrist some years ago and had to have plates and screws to put it all back together. It definitely took at least 8 months to a year before I would say I was completely healed and could use it like I did before I broke it. 🤠👍

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  2. Good stuff Wayne! A long road but sounds like well worth it. An inspiration to those seeking a return to normal functionality but leery of the process. Sounds like you’ll be kicking like an old mule again — Glad to hear it!

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    • I had a complete ankle replacement. It works like normal and I will be able to eventually ride again. No more pain which is hard to imagine after living with the pain for 40 years. It’s no cake walk and the first 3 days there was a lot of pain but it was worth it. I wish you luck. I looked into fusion but the people I knew who had it done weren’t real pleased with the results. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.


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