I have been told by 3 doctors that I need to have a triple arthrodesis of my right ankle, second to end-stage PTTD. THis occurred as a result of complications from osteoarthritis. I have already had bilateral total knee replacements and am not looking forward to this surgery. I've also been given multiple answers by these docs re: to what rehabilitation from this surgery entails. So, could you please give me an idea of what it will be like?
I live alone, with no relatives to help me. There are 4 steps into my home. I also care for 3 older dogs. I've been told that I will be non-weight-bearing for 3 months post-op. Pre-existing osteoarthritis precludes my using crutches (arthritis in left shoulder and hip also), which means, I think, that I would be in a wheelchair.
The last MD I went to said that he would d/c me from hospital after 3 days. When I asked about inpatient rehab, and told him my home situation, his response was "Well, I can't keep you in the hospital just because you don't have anyone to take care of you. Go talk to a social worker after your surgery." I can't wait that long. I need some answers NOW, so I can figure out how to take care of myself after surgery.
Please give me an idea of what rehab. will be like, so I have an idea of what to expect, and what I need before-hand. Currently, I work 2 days a week in an NICU, on my feet for 8-9 hours at a time--am usually in pain at work. I wear a custom brace. Will I be able to return to this job after surgery? How long does total recovery usually take? Will I be in a cast for several months? Do you know anyone that has had this surgery, and been able to return to nursing after recovery?
Any information will be greatly appreciated.