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post #61 of 71
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Recovery from THIS Achilles repair is amazingly better than the 1996 event on my other leg. I was in casts then for nearly six month, followed by a walking boot. This time I was in a boot about six weeks and then only had to use it if I was going some place slippery. I only had to use crutches briefly. Again, it's an amazing difference. Walking now is fine with just an occasional limp.

But I wanted to ski Mothers Day at ABasin mad.gif
post #62 of 71

Do you attribute that to better treatment now than what was available 19 years ago?

post #63 of 71
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Do you attribute that to better treatment now than what was available 19 years ago?

I betting the answer here will be "heck yea"!
post #64 of 71
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But I wanted to ski Mothers Day at ABasin mad.gif

 

I wanted you to ski Mother's Day, too! I went through this last season, to a lesser degree - I sprained my ankle in March 2014, which doesn't sound like a big deal, but it wasn't even fully healed by the time I was skiing again in October. I ended up skipping 2014 Mother's Day because it was storming and cold - great for skiing, but not for hanging out on the beach with a minimally functional leg. Anyway, this too shall pass. That which doesn't kill us. Etc etc.

post #65 of 71
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Do you attribute that to better treatment now than what was available 19 years ago?

I think it's both different equipment (the newer form of walking boot) and changes in recovery management philosophy. When I got out of surgery the first time, I was in a cast that plantar flexed my foot as much as it would go. A month later, they started changing the casts every couple weeks, each time raising my toes slightly closer to a dorsi flex. No weight bearing for about five months. This time, I left surgery in a splint that kept the foot at a more or less neutral position. When they removed the stitches a couple weeks later, they put me in the boot with a substantial heel lift that had sections they could remove later. I was advised to use the crutches and avoid weight bearing for a couple weeks and then start partial weight bearing as tolerated.
post #66 of 71

Interesting! What a huge change in protocol.

 

I'm telling you, I'm going to keep my own knees for as long as possible because who knows what will be available 15-20 years from now :D

post #67 of 71
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A friend who had a high tear of the Achilles similar to mine just had the stitches removed. He used the same surgeon I did. They told him he had the "newest" fix for a torn Achilles. He says he has two small wounds several inches apart instead of the long one shown in my post (#31) at the top of Page 2 of this thread. My recovery is coming along nicely.
post #68 of 71
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A friend who had a high tear of the Achilles similar to mine just had the stitches removed. He used the same surgeon I did. They told him he had the "newest" fix for a torn Achilles. He says he has two small wounds several inches apart instead of the long one shown in my post (#31) at the top of Page 2 of this thread. My recovery is coming along nicely.

 

Will you be teaching this season?

post #69 of 71
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I responded this way right after your question, Bounces, but apparently didn't hit the post button or something:

I just filled out my schedule to return to work. My friend will start the season doing non-ski work, but he'll be back to his groups sooner than expected because he doesn't have to do the fitness test. Our surgeon was concerned about the quadrant jump test for both him and me.
post #70 of 71
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I responded this way right after your question, Bounces, but apparently didn't hit the post button or something:

I just filled out my schedule to return to work. My friend will start the season doing non-ski work, but he'll be back to his groups sooner than expected because he doesn't have to do the fitness test. Our surgeon was concerned about the quadrant jump test for both him and me.

Franz? I heard he got hurt.

post #71 of 71
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Responded with PMs.
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