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12 weeks post lisfranc surgery repair X-ray

 

 

 

Yesterday I met with  my surgeon for my three month post lisfranc surgery appointment.  It was depressing to learn that I have 3 more months of recovery until I can walk comfortably again.

 

The good news is that the current X-rays show that I don’t have any stress fractures.

 

 

 

 

 

12 weeks post lisfranc surgery X-ray outside left side view

 

 

The X-rays also show that my joints are starting to fuse the way they are supposed to at this point in recovery.  My surgeon showed me my current X-rays and compared them to the ones taken 6 weeks ago:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Weeks post lisfranc repair X-Ray.  You can clearly see the joints around the prosthetic starting to fuse.

 

6 weeks post lisfranc surgery repair X-ray.  Joints have not started to fuse.

 

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I was really looking forward to seeing my surgeon yesterday for my 12 week post lisfranc surgery follow up.  Armed with my list of questions and notes from my HydroWorx therapist, I was well prepared for my appointment.  I even went as far as to have a fresh pedicure with hot pink toe nail polish to match my sneakers.  

I was fully expecting my surgeon to be extremely pleased with my progress and tell me I was way ahead of schedule.  After all, I have been attending either HydroWorx therapy or physical land therapy 6 days a week, plus performing my at home exercises given to me by my physical therapist.  I knew I had worked hard these last 6 weeks and was well on my way to pain free walking again. I expected my surgeons  full endorsement and recognition of my progress.

After I arrived, I was escorted into my patient room where I removed my boot and headed to the X-ray room in my stocking feet.  I was in more pain than other days, so I did have to use my cane, but I kept up with the X-ray technicians gait which made me smile proudly to myself.

I was able to step up easily on the X-ray pad without difficulty and even mentioned to the technician how much easier it was for me this time as compared to 6 weeks ago.

Shortly after returning to my room, my surgeon walked in.  He sat in his chair and said, “you are still limping quite a bit.”  I was surprised he knew.  After all, I fully intended to demonstrate walking without a limp so that my surgeon could see my gait during the times I am not experiencing pain.  BUSTED!!!
 Apparently, he had observed me walking to his X-ray room.  (I guess that is the best time to asses a patient is when he or she does not know he/she is being watched. )

I then admitted I was experiencing pain when walking and asked him realistically when I could expect to be able to walk down our driveway, which is a steep hill, and pick up my mail pain free.  Not running or jumping or anything fancy, just pain free walking doing everyday activities.

My surgeon said realistically it will be 3 more months until I can walk comfortably.  I was stunned and I started to feel my world shatter once again. I had to try hard not to burst into tears, which most certainly would have embarrassed us both. 

I sat quietly with this information for a few moments, not wanting to meet his gaze.  When I collected myself I looked up at him and repeated quietly   “three more months???”  He nodded slowly maintaing eye contact.  (My surgeon is quite, gentle and a man of few words.)

Desperate for my surgeon to revise the remaining three months of recovery to something shorter, I asked him if he had a chance to read my physical therapist report and the report from the HydroWorx therapist.  I thought certainly he must not have had time to read the glowing endorsements from both modes of therapy.  

(Hint to my surgeon,  this the part where you are  supposed to “pat me on the head” and tell me what a good girl I’ve been!!! )  My surgeon didn’t get the hint.  Instead he nodded quickly and asked me why I was in such a hurry?   I said, I was determined to walk like a normal person again and that I was tired of the lisfranc recovery.  

We briefly discussed stress fractures and I found out it would not be uncommon for that to happen during this period, especially if I am pushing myself too hard.  My surgeon said I needed to cut down on the amount of therapy and just relax and give my body a chance to heal.  “Healing takes time and cannot be rushed,” he said.   He looked at me long enough to make sure I understood and then he smiled and said, “look at it this way, you are half way there.”

I slowly nodded still trying to comprehend that I am not almost at the finish line but am only halfway through this journey. 

 
 

 

 

 Wow!  Has this ever been a long journey!  But it some ways, it has also gone by quickly.  I cannot believe that today marks 11 weeks since my lisfranc surgery fracture repair!  

  

11 Weeks post lisfranc surgery
 
My physical therapist told me today that my foot is well on the way to healing and that I might possibly be able to give up my boot next week when I reach 12 weeks post surgery.  I am still walking with my cane and sneakers around my house and using a cane with my boot when I am away from home.  My foot doesn’t ache all the time anymore, and I am finding that walking is almost pain free at times. 
 
11 weeks post lisfranc surgery left side view
 
 
I paid my surgery bill today and actually told the administrative assistant that I thought my surgeon didn’t charge enough!  After all, my surgeon is the reason I can walk!  She laughed and said she had never heard that comment about a bill before!
 
11 weeks post lisfranc surgery right side view

Here is a close up of my lisfranc surgery scar at 11 weeks.  I am starting to think I really will have a life after my lisfranc injury and surgery!

 
 
lisfranc surgery scar at 11 weeks post op

 Lisfranc photo recovery journal week by week
Lisfranc surgery image day 5 OUCH!
Lisfranc surgery image day 11 – still in a cast 
Lisfranc surgery image week 2 after cast removal

lisfranc surgery image after stitches were removed week 2

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walking on the treadmill twice a week at 1.5 miles per hour for 5 minutes
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I am pain free as my physical therapist manipulates and massages my foot
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I am so excited to find out that Maurice Jones-Drew will be back playing football this season!  I started following Jones-Drew’s recovery closely after finding out he had lisfranc surgery on Dec 28th, 2012.  His return to full running back status has given me hope that I will indeed one day walk normally again without pain.  

I am nowhere near professional athlete status and knowing that Jones-Drew had lisfranc surgery, dealt with the long painful recovery and is now actually playing football again is inspiring.  Congratulations Maurice Jones-Drew!

(The following article was posted on espn.news…… click on Maurice Jones-Drew’s name if you want to see the actual article on espn’s website.

Maurice Jones-Drew has been cleared by the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ medical staff to participate in training camp, although he will be brought along slowly, coach Gus Bradley said Tuesday.

“We’re extremely excited about the progress he has made,” Bradley told reporters.

The 28-year-old Jones-Drew missed 10 games in 2012 because of a Lisfranc injury to his left foot. The running back underwent surgery in December and spent several months in a walking boot.

“Now, it’s back to football,” Jones-Drew told reporters. “It’s been a long time coming. I’m excited to be out there running around and playing.”

He said he was training during his rehab “like I wasn’t hurt.”

Jones-DrewNow, it s back to football. It’s been a long time coming. I’m excited to be out there running around and playing.

— Maurice Jones-Drew

I am10 weeks into recovery from lisfranc surgery and now I am noticing how ugly my  scar is!  I guess I never thought about it before now because I was concentrating so hard on coping with recovery pain and learning to walk again.

 
My physical therapist suggested vitamin E oil, so I am going to start applying that daily to my scar and see what happens.  If anyone else knows of something to make a scar less noticeable, please post it on my blog!
 
It is kind of nice arriving at this point, where my biggest concern is scarring!!!

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10 weeks post lisfranc surgery

 

 

 
 

10 exhausting painful weeks of lisfranc surgery recovery are finally behind me! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week my physical therapist told me I am doing too much physical therapy.  I have been going to the HydroWorx pool 6 days a week, and taking land physical therapy 2 days a week.  In addition I have been doing my at home exercises twice a day and most days I have been  practicing walking in our pool at home.  By Friday it was painful to do anything at all related to walking.
 
I have been forced to take the week-end off from all therapy and give my foot a chance to calm down.  In my eagerness to be normal again, I have overdone my recovery and have pushed too hard, too fast.   I have to turn down my enthusiasm and admit to myself I cannot speed up the healing process.  Patience with my foot has been the hardest thing for me to learn during this arduous recovery phase.
 
10 weeks post lisfranc surgery 
 
 
 
 
 
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