arthroscopic / lateral ligaments / cartilage repair post surgery pain 8 months

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i had arthoscopic, lateral ligament, cartilage repair 8 months ago... I have been doing physio for 6 months now... putting weight on my ankle and walking is still painful with a sharp pain when i walk .... any advice ?? the surgeon told me this may be permanent ... i refuse to accept that

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    well have pain when walking and standing in any position too long. Maybe doctor needs to order a cat scan because i had one it showed problems another surgery is scheduled to remove hardware

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    I had the same surgeries - ligament repair and removal of a piece of chipped cartilage. I was also having a very hard time more than 6 months after surgery. I moved and so had a new surgeon who prescribed a non steroidal topical gel twice a day which helped a lot. Also he told me that he had seen this surgery continue to improve for 18 months. It's now 17 months out and I am much better. Hope this helps.

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    meant to type non-steroidal antiinflammatory gel

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    Hi. I had exactly the same surgery. I had terrible pain in 2015 for around two years. I constantly have an ache but I've also got other problems so not sure which pain is which.

    The ligament repair still hurts and swells. I don't know having permanent pain but I still have pain. Keep using your foot as much as you can so it prevents stiffness.

    Melissa

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      this made me cry in the surgeons office today, i am a letter carrier and walking is my whole career.... not being able to walk properly was devastating to hear this pain and walking limitation might be permanent

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      I know hon. I still cry cause its so tender. I was told the same thing. I was sent to rehab in the cast 4 days post op. Way too early. The pain was horrendous. I had this horrible pain on one of the arthroscopic sites that felt like someone putting live electrical wires on it. When they took the cast off, my gosh, I was nearly demented.

      I have many more problems now (not directly related to this surgery.) I can't advise if your issues will be permanent. I was told the same thing. I put alternating heat and cold for the swelling and pain which helps. I still do it 4.5 years later.

      I'm so sorry you are suffering. I 100% relate. My advice is to use nurofen gel on it. Do the exercises but not so your in agony.... they will do more harm than good. I had a repeat MRI a year later which showed ankle joint synovitis and clear swelling. I had a repeat arthroscopic surgery but I should warn you, the pain post op was shocking. The nurses had to split the bandages as the pressure from the swelling was massive. I have quite bad sciatic nerve damage so my pain is amplified.

      Cry all you want. It's good to let it out. Take it easy and don't expect a sudden turn around. Slowly improve weight bearing as your pain allows. Are you taking pain relief? It will heal but unfortunately, I takes a long time. I don't know why this surgery causes so much pain and why it is long term.

      Sorry I can't be more help

      Melissa 😢

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    Hi justyna,

    I also had the same surgery after fall. I had this done in 2018 and I still have major pains. Walking on concrete, tar, rugs , it doesnt matter, it still hurts . I've been to 2 other docs who say "it takes time!" Well thanks for the info doc!

    All I can say is keep stretching it and what ever else seems to work for you. Because no one ever has an answer that will take the pain away!

    Good luck!

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