To sum up the recovery from this second surgery, I would call it a piece of cake. That’s in comparison to the first one at least. I didn’t have any complications afterwards and the recovery is going very smoothly. I keep thinking, “Maybe this is what surgery is supposed to be like.” I kept checking on the incision site after this surgery expecting it to spontaneously gape open like it did before, but all is good.
I found a photo that I took the night before my bypass surgery. I wasn’t sure what they were going to look like after all was said and done. I’ve got some interesting matching scars now.
For those of you that don’t know, I developed a hematoma after my fasciotomy 8 years ago. Then after the bypass surgery I developed blood clots, which meant I had to take blood thinners, which then caused a huge hematoma to form, and so much pressure built up from the bleeding that the incision ripped open. That delayed my recovery by a few months. I’m so thankful to finally have a surgery go smoothly.
I was off crutches pretty quickly – I think within about 2 weeks I wasn’t using them anymore. I’ve been enjoying being able to go for walks, use the elliptical a little, and the stationary bike. I’m not allowed to do any resistance training until 6 weeks post op, and no running until 3 months post op.
I keep having to remind myself to take it easy and not overdo things. It’s difficult because my leg is already feeling so good, but I know it’s still healing. There’s no benefit to rushing recovery, so I’m doing my best to take it slowly.
I had my post op appointment in Baltimore where I saw both of my surgeons. They said that everything looks good, and I’m recovering smoothly. My vascular surgeon wanted me to get checked for Factor V Leiden, which is a blood clotting disorder. Since I have a family history of blood clots and developed one after the bypass surgery he thought it would be a good idea to check just to be safe. Hopefully I’ll be getting those results back soon. He also told me that they filmed my surgery and want to put it up on YouTube along with an interview, which I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to see what the inside of my leg looks like!!!!