Timaleollar Surgery

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Hi, 

I am currently 4 days post op of trimalleolar surgery and was put in a splint. Injury occurred on 5/17. Still in quite a bit of pain and discomfort and have been in bed with leg elevated and iced 97% of the time. I was just wondering how long this pain lasts/how long I will be laid up in the bed? My body is starting to ache from laying in the bed so much and am starting to go a little crazy being stuck in the hous.. I have also been scared to use the knee scooter with the splint in fear that it will mess with my ankle due to the pressure put on the splint?? 

Thanks! 

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    Hey there smile  My first post but have been lurking here around a month.  I also had that fracture on 4/15 and had surgery 4/20.  The first couple of weeks, I thought I was going to die having to lay around.  I can tell you what I have done to relieve to aches and become more mobile.

    I was lucky after surgery that I didn’t have a cast but was wrapped insanely in bandages and they gave me a boot right after.   I also elected after the break on 4/15 to use a walker instead of crutches because it was easier for me and I could get around.  Worst part of that was my hands hurting for a while until they became calloused.  

    Everything changed once my staples were removed in 5/8.  They instructed me to walk and walk a lot.  Now I walk freely in the boot and only take a scooter with me if I am going to be out for a while.  

    While being laid up in bed, I ordered a leg elevator from Amazon (best thing ever) that has a groove the leg lays in.  I would sit up on the couch with that elevator so I could move my upper body.  I finally just started stretches on my good leg while laying down and moving it around lol

    I feel your pain and even walking around with the boot, there are days I just want to scream and be normal...  I am finally going to start exercising in my pool this week so I am stoked for that.  Once you can get things removed and start moving it around it will make you feel better ??

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      Thanks for the info! I’m counting down the days until I can get this splint removed! I’ve been have calf cramps for the past day or so and am hoping it’s not a blood clot. I’m in the injection blood thinner and have been moving my toes and leg regularly. Has anyone else had this? 
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    Hi,  

    Just know that the pain gets better from here on out. You will have some good days and some bad but each day is another step toward recovery. I broke mine on 4/9 and had trimalleolar surgery on 4/17 so I am a month ahead of you in recovery  Personally I did not use the knee scooter when I was in a splint, I found it uncomfortable so I waited until my 2 week checkup and got the aircast.  In the meantime I used a wheelchair and walker that was loaned to me to get around the house.  This week I have my 6 week post op visit with the ortho and expect to be told to start light weightbearing at physical therapy ( started therapy at 4 weeks post op)  I don’t know how I will manage to walk but I just trust that the dr and therapists know what they are doing. It’s a long haul for sure, but this is a great place to get advice, address concerns or just vent if you need to. We have all been where you are . Good luck

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      I’m glad to help.  My break was bad. Both I have 2 plates and 10 pins/screws holding things together.  And while I might seem I have had a quick recovery, the time has just dragged by and some days I’m in more pain and depressed and other days aren’t too bad. I dream of walking.  Lol!  My PT guy says that I am progressing just about to be expected. It still swells and I have numb areas on the bottom of my foot but I try hard every day to do the range of motion exercises to get things moving again. It’s a long process but you will make it though this
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      Did you ever have any cramps in your calf? I’m worried it may be a blood clot but not entirely sure
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      What I found with mine is that my calf muscles, foot muscles and my shin hurt relentlessly and sometimes more than my ankle.  Come to find out, it was just the muscles from not being used so really have had to massage those out and work them so much.  For me, the back of my ankle to the heel was so tight that after the surgery I would lay there trying to flex my foot.

      Every day will get better I promise ❤️  

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    Kaityln 

    Hang in there your ankle will get better. I will be 6 weeks tomorrow post surgery and I had a double fracture in my right ankle. I had a 10 inch plate and10 screws put inside. The only issue I am having is nerves/tingling issues. I pretty much laid in bed the first 2 weeks so I can relate going stir crazy. Just hang in there and listen to your doctor. 

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    All I can tell you is that it’s gets better with time and that this is a temporary situation albeit it doesn’t always feel that way. I and others on this forum understand your frustration, hence why we are all here...it’s normal to feel depressed, achy, experience shooting pains and a number of other frustrations that come along with this malady. I have spent my convalescence (almost 8 weeks post-op) reading up on everything related to my particular surgery (ORIF, two plates, screws and a tightrope fixation) and procuring all the needed gear (love Amazon)that would help me heal physically and mentally  (knee roller, elevating wedge, different boots, compression socks, ankle supports once healed, ice therapy unit, shower chair, temporary handicap tag-once I could drive, Netflix, books, etc). The hardest for me was the mental aspect and not letting depression set in or allowing myself to gain too much weight (due to inactivity, people bringing over food, boredom, etc). I know it sounds cliche but take it one day at a time and find other ankle support online  groups (Facebook ) to aid in your recovery. Best of Luck!
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    I had ORIF surgery on January 31, 2018 to fix three fractures in my ankle. I have two plates and a combination of pins and screws. I was in a slpint for 12 days after my surgery and during that time I had ice on my ankle almost non stop. After 12 days I was put in a plaster cast so at that point ice was no longer effective. Don't be afraid to take your pain meds! I hate taking any kind of medication, but found that taking what I was prescribed one at a time did absolutely nothing for me, however taking two at a time got me a few hours at a time of being comfortable. After 18 days I switched to over the counter pain meds and tapered off of those pretty quickly.

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      Thank you! I have been keeping it elevated and iced all the time other than the 5% of the time that I am out of the bed. Today is the first day that I haven’t needed a pain pill every 3 hours, so I guess that means progress! I’m looking forward to when I’m in a cast so I can use my knee scooter and be more independent! 
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    Just know that it takes time and everyone's schedule for recovery is different! I'm 36 years old and had my fracture on January 16th.  I'm 17 weeks post op (ORIF for trimalleolar fracture) and 8 months pregnant, so my recovery is taking longer than most due to the pregnancy.  There are stages you will go through - but once you can start weight bearing you'll feel like you're finally working towards getting better! 

    After surgery, I had a splint for 2 weeks.  I waited till I got the hard cast to use the knee-scooter which was my doctors advice.  After 2-3 weeks in the hard cast I switched to the boot, non-weight-bearing.  After a couple more weeks I got clearance for partial weight bearing.  Then a few weeks later full weight bearing.  Each stage comes with new challenges at first, but then gets easier so you are ready to move onto the next.  Now I am walking with 1 crutch, and practicing with no crutch at home and when I'm in physical therapy.  Keep hanging in there, it will get better and it's nice to have a forum to chat with people who are going through the same thing.  Just be glad you aren't pregnant too! smile

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