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Ankle Surgery Update

Friday, January 31, 2014

Part 1: Little Background

On May 22nd, 2013 a Toyota Forerunner turned in front of me while I was riding my Specialized road bike. I slammed into the side of the Forerunner at around 20 mph. In a blink of an eye I was injured pretty badly.

I had surgery on Wednesday, January 29th, to rebuild my injured right ankle. Here are links to my previous blog on the accident:



Part 2: Really Long Surgery

My wife and I arrived at the orthopedic hospital at noon. I left on crutches at 7:00 PM. The orthopedic surgeon I selected specializes in foot and ankle trauma. He told me he worked on my foot, ankle and lower calf for four hours.

The Common Tendinous Sheath of the Peroneus Longus and Brevis Tendons was torn apart. The Superior and Inferior Fibular Retinacula, which are the ligaments that help stabilize the foot, were torn completely apart. The tendons that attach the peroneus to the lower foot were 50% torn loose from the bone.

And the damage that took surgery team the longest to repair was the 80% detachment of the Peroneus Tendons from the Calf muscles. The tendons were progressively tearing away from the muscles.

The Surgeon told me that the tendons cold have torn away from the muscle at any time, and that I had the operation none too soon. This injury was not part of the original diagnoses. The doctor told me this type of tearing is nearly impossible to detect with an MRI.

Part 3: Big Ugly Boot

I see the orthopedic doctor on Monday to get a walking cast. Until Monday, I have to wear a big nasty support boot.

This bad boy is really heavy. I have to wear it all the time. The first night home, the darn boot was so hard to sleep in, I had taken it off. I got up to go to the bathroom and jumped out of bed like I always do. When I hit the floor, my right foot buckled and I bumped my head on the night stand. Boy, did that ever hurt. I called the orthopedic doctor. He said I didn't do any damage, but that I should wear the boot all the time.

Here is a photo of the swelling in my right leg. I am pretty much useless and have to keep the foot and ankle elevated and iced.

The swelling is going down, but my right foot and ankle are pretty tender. I hobbling around on crutches.

Part 4: My Wife is Mean!

My wife is fixing me good calorie controlled meals because she said in the eight weeks it takes me to recover, "You would swell up like a balloon". For dinner tonight she is preparing a healthy sweet potato casserole. She is really taking good care of me.

Here is my wife, Annette, doing my job.

She is operating the "Uber Snowblower". We have received an additional foot of snow since I took these photos earlier today.

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    1869 days ago
    Sometimes it's good to follow doctor's (and wife's) orders :)
    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hang in there.
    1903 days ago
    Hang in there Bruce. Thank goodness for loving wives and snowblowers--!

    Plus, just think of all that extra strength training the boot will provide.

    1906 days ago
    The boot sucks!! I know, I was in one for 8 weeks. You might want to try to get a shoe for the other foot that is of equal height. I wore a clog.
    1906 days ago
    Wow! I haven't been as up on Spark as usual since around April or May - at least as far as checking in on blogs goes. My mom passed away April 7th and I had knee surgery on a torn meniscus in May. I am so sorry about your accident! How horrible! Have you considered suing the idiot woman who hit you? Did the security guard hear her say she was trying to beat you? Ugh.

    I'm glad your surgery is over and I hope you are healing well. After my knee surgery my opposite hip started acting up and I was almost completely out of commission for exercise until about November. I racked up bills for an Arthrogram, MRI, chiropractor, bone scan and physical therapy. Not cool! I also gained 30 pounds.

    I feel you pain in a small way and can sympathize. Hang in there!
    1907 days ago
    Take care, Bruce!
    1907 days ago
    I know it's so hard to deal with and 8 weeks seems so long but take good care of that foot so you'll be up and around on it soon. You are lucky to have such a wonderful wife! Stay warm in all that snow outside!!!
    1907 days ago
    Seems you got that operation just in time - not good getting the surprise of more severe injuries you didn't know you had. I can so see myself doing exactly what you did, taking the boot off and forgetting about it during sleep. I know you won;t do that again.

    My DIL in law is currently doing snow removal duty in NH. My son fell off a roof and screwed up his back big time. L4 compression fracture in spine. You DW looks good working that snowblower!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    1907 days ago
    Take it easy...do what the doctor says...So glad your wife is taking care on you!!!
    1907 days ago
    What a super wife you have! If you're inclined to try herbal treatments, comfrey poultices are reported to do wonders for bone healing and even ankles that were messed up years back.

    I hope everything heals properly and you can be back on the bike to enjoy the late spring and summer.
    1907 days ago
    Oh - I remember that unfortunate accident you had encountered . I do hope you filed a claim . Yes , ankle surgery not a picnic - had four on my right and two on my left. I remember the swelling after the accident right foot size 13 and left a 9 - I wear a size eight - my right ankle all the metatarsals crushed , medial malice fractured and so forth - on left clean brake , but the tendons are the hardest to heel and take longer. Icing extremely important - Wishes for speedy recovery - slow and easy is the key - Karen
    1907 days ago
    An intense surgery such as what you went through is NOT a walk in the park. I probably would have taken the boot off too. This is going to be a very long recovery process. Not only the ankle and the surrounding areas, but an internal healing process also.

    Your wife is a jewel. She is a true partner.
    1907 days ago
    Buy your wife some flowers, because I don't envy her the job of keeping of you from trying to do too much too soon.

    Wishing you all the best in your recovery.
    1907 days ago
    Take good care of yourself! We are praying for your speedy recovery, SpeedyDog!
    1907 days ago
    Great Job, Annette!

    Good Luck with the healing process, Bruce! I wish you the best of luck and a super speedy recovery!

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    1908 days ago
    What a terrible thing to have happened! I earnestly hope that the woman who "thought she could beat you" has had to face some consequences, because it's not right that you should be the only one to have to deal with this!
    1908 days ago
    OH my .. That is a nasty boot.. but oh goodness you have to wear it! Those 8 weeks will test your resolve for sures. BUT you have been tested before, right?!

    Glad your wife is mean and taking care of you ;)
    1908 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Hope you feel better very soon, glad your wife is taking good care of you too!! emoticon
    1908 days ago
    Ah, that boot looks all too familiar! Fortunately I didn't have mine for anything as serious as your surgery. I hope you feel better and your recovery goes well.
    1908 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Glad your surgery went well and you are on the road to recovery emoticon emoticon
    1908 days ago
  • HILLSLUG98239
    You paid your doctor a LOT of money. Listen to the advice.

    When I was 14, I mangled an ankle so badly it tilted a bone. I was in a walking cast for months - a broken ankle would have taken less time to heal. Fortunately, my 14-year old body healed as most 14-year olds do. But to this day, it still clicks when I walk at times. One of my college roommates told me I'd never be able to sneak up on anyone because it was almost like I was wearing a cowbell.

    Take your time and let your body heal. Use that innate stubbornness to remind you that you have to be patient and put up with the inconveniences. You'll be stronger and better for it!
    1908 days ago
    Glad you've gotten this taken care of. Now 8 weeks of healing. Good luck. Glad you have such a supportive wife to take care of you.
    1908 days ago
    WOW! Those are some major injuries. Thank goodness you finally had it taken care of. The boot is a PITA, luckily I never had to wear mine to bed, but was able to use a walker to/from bathroom at night. Now take care of yourself and follow doctor orders! Is there any prognosis for extent of recovery and how long?

    Oh and BTW - I covet your wife's snowblower - my first one had tracks, it wore out after 20 years and my husband convinced me "we" didn't need to spend the extra for a track blower. Normal tires, assisted steering, and hand warmers on my new Husky aside, I miss my old Yamaha with the tracks. Now that I'm incapacitated and hubby's using it more this year, he's come to see my point.

    Thanks for the update. Keep them coming.
    1908 days ago
    I can't believe you have been getting around and riding with this injury. Yikes! I visibly winced when I read about you jumping out of bed.

    Your wife is amazing!

    I'm sorry about all you are going through but your blogs are very interesting and informative.

    1908 days ago
    I'm glad the surgery went well! And your wife is NOT mean... she sounds like an angel :-)
    1908 days ago
    Prayers for a speedy recovery.

    Those boots are heavy. I had to wear one for awhile. I slipped on some black ice. When I came to, my body was facing one way and my foot the opposite direction! Still hurts sometimes after 7 years. I know it would feel a lot better if I lost some weight.

    SW Colorado could use some of that snow you're getting.

    1908 days ago
    That had to be hurting so bad before surgery! How in the world did you ever ride your bike with that injury??

    Your wife sounds awesome! You are a very lucky man!!

    1908 days ago
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