Mid foot fusion surgery – 3 weeks on

This post contains post surgery pictures so if your squeamish stop reading now, nothing too bad but a bruised scarred foot!

I started writing this post 2 weeks ago at the 1 week mark post surgery but I never managed to finish it.

In the last few weeks building up to the surgery my nerves had started to kick in. I had never had a general anaesthetic and I’ve never had a broken bone so I didn’t really know what to expect.

The staff at The Spire in Harpenden were amazing and I have to say my whole experience there was stress free and dealt with so promptly I didn’t have time to worry. From arriving at the hospital at 7.30, I had seen the surgeon, anaesthetist and nurse and was on my way down to surgery by 9am.

It was like clockwork really. Arriving back in my room by 11.10 am I quickly saw everyone I needed to see before I could be discharged and had a delicious lunch before being discharged by 13.30.

Mid foot fusion Mid foot fusion Post surgery

Start to finish 6 hours and I was on my way home, foot completely numb and a selection of pain killers to help with the pain.

Surgery itself went to plan, however the recovery afterwards was a lot harder than expected.

I had a mid foot fusion to fuse a joint in my foot with a plate plus my bunion fixed and I will be honest, I was expecting to be over the worse of it and getting around in the first couple of weeks without any issues… wrong.

Mid foot fusion
1st dressing change, 1 week post op

It is now 3 weeks passed and my foot is still quiet swollen and bruised. Plus using crutches to get everywhere now means my hands, arms and shoulders are all sore too.

I knew it would be hard but I just don’t think I was expecting it to be this hard.

Little things are difficult such as getting up to go to the loo in the morning or getting in and out of the bath or even just getting a drink. I’ve been restricted to just 20kg on the foot so it is limited to get around on.

The wound itself is healing nicely though and I’m sure once the swelling goes down it will heal a lot better, it just seems so far away at the moment.

Mid foot fusion
3 Weeks post op

I’m tired if I’m honest.

Tired of trying to get round, tired of being restricted on what I can do and I do feel like I am putting lots more onto  Daddy Vs Work and the kids which is making me frustrated as normally I would be so much more pro active in doing things.

It will be worth it in the end, it just seems like a long way off at the minute.