Proximal Tibiofibular Syndesmosis – Arthrex TightRope Post Surgery Recovery Update #1

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My post surgery recovery from the  knotless Arthrex TightRope Dynamic stabilization procedure on my Proximal Tibiofibular Dislocation/Syndesmosis from when I arrived back in Idaho starting on May 22nd, 2013.  Click here to see my prior blog of the surgery. To see the entire Proximal Tibiofibular story from the beginning , please click this link

May 22nd, 2013 – Appointment with Dr. Sheldon, DC at Dwyer Chiropractic, Clarkston, WA. Here is video of his examination for first time after surgery. He was pleased with the glide of the fibula joint now. No more stuck posterior subluxation and/or discloation. My leg is now manifesting all the bruising especially in posterior calf below the surgical incision and behind the knee. Very sensitive to touch on anterior knee below patella tendon near where fixations come through the tibia bone.

Friday, May 31st, 2013 – Photos of my leg at 17 days post surgery Click to images to enlarge

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 – the 3-week milestone since surgery. Here is video of me discussing how I was doing and demonstrating my range of motion. It was a good day and I was feeling hopeful to completing 3 more weeks on crutches and/or using the wheelchair before I could have full weight-bearing on my leg.

Dr. Main reviewed this 3-week update video and gave me his following opinion: Doing great, incision looks good, ROM is on target and impressed with your course so far.

Post surgery  aqua therapy first time in pool 6-6-13
Post surgery aqua therapy first time in pool 6-6-13

He also said I could start Aqua therapy at this point in my physical therapy at Twin Rivers Physical Therapy Office, Clarkston, WA . I tell you what, getting into the water and moving my leg was the best ever. Pool therapy was extremely enjoyable and a highlight over next few weeks of recovery. It is the best way to enjoy additional conditioning while being in a non-weight bearing status. The movement of the water over my leg felt soothing and the exercises were easier than doing the same ones on land like in my video above. It is important that the surgical scar be well  healed enough to prevent any infection getting into scar. Mine was indeed well healed and I was glad.

My next blog will continue the recovery after this 3 week mark.




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