The Road to Recovery (Back at home)

Baz - Recovering
Baz – Recovering in the backyard

The miracle of modern medicine and surgery has me at home already, recovering from the surgery I had on both of my ankles late last week…

My doctor is very happy with the procedures and results.

I had an endoscopy on my right ankle to clear some bone debris from a skydiving accident in 2008, and a couple of spurs that had formed.

The left heel was opened completely and the Achilles tendon detached to repair a split which apparently was mostly due to degeneration and to clean the heel of a couple of spurs and a boney protrusion, commonly known as a Haglund’s Bump.  Because it was detached I have had to have two anchor screws placed to enable the Achilles to be sewn back on.

My sport’s doctor had tried some conventional and non-conventional non-surgical therapy on my left foot, including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections that provided only moderate results.

I’m now recuperating at home and the doctor has suggested two to three weeks of complete rest to hopefully assist in a quicker recovery. Mobility is a problem as my left foot cannot take any weight at all, although my right foot can take weight, which is useful for getting around.

The plan is to progressively introduce some weight and physiotherapy to both feet over the coming month and we are hoping for a full recovery within three months.

Of course, that is the plan, and whilst it is unlikely to be earlier, it may take longer.

Baz - Grey's Peak, New Zealand
Baz – New Zealand

I have until mid-August to confirm my place on the expedition to Nepal in November, so plenty of time to recover and train, hopefully.

And to all, thanks very much for your kind words of support and I’m confident I’ll be back to doing what I love very soon…just being Out and About having fun!

Baz - Southern Alps, New Zealand
Baz – The Landy, Out and About having fun

51 thoughts on “The Road to Recovery (Back at home)

  1. restlessjo April 23, 2013 / 5:07 pm

    You must be chomping at the bit, though it doesn’t look very comfortable, Baz. Sorry it took me a while to get here. Thanks for the follow and much luck with the recovery. 🙂


    • Baz - The Landy April 23, 2013 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks, it isn’t too bad, and yes, chomping at the bit! 🙂


  2. barbara grandberg April 23, 2013 / 2:12 am

    a belated sending lots of healthy thoughts….


    • Baz - The Landy April 23, 2013 / 8:04 am

      Ta…and I trust it is settling down for you!


  3. MikeW April 18, 2013 / 10:51 am

    Hello Baz, recovery’s part of training: keep on with gradual gains, before long you’ll be like new.


    • Baz - The Landy April 18, 2013 / 12:47 pm

      For sure, that is exactly how I’m seeing it! Cheers, Baz


  4. morninggloryphotography April 17, 2013 / 9:57 pm

    Good luck! Hope your up and about before long. Physio I find the hardest but also the most rewarding


  5. MommaBee April 17, 2013 / 11:09 am

    wow, I feel like a baby whining about my little hike now… I am excited to follow you on your journey though!


  6. Jessica April 17, 2013 / 3:04 am

    Wishing you well on your road to recovery. My hubs had knee surgery in late January. He’s still in physical therapy twice a week and tires easily when standing or walking for long periods. It’s been a rough road – especially those first few weeks. Be good and rest! Stay off those feet and let your body heal. Hopefully, before you know it, you’ll be back to your old self. 🙂


    • Baz - The Landy April 17, 2013 / 7:37 am

      Thanks Jessica, yes I think rest , time, and patience is the key! And I hope your husband recovers soon!

      In fact where I had my surgery, almost every other patient was in for knees!



  7. alessandro ciapanna April 17, 2013 / 2:46 am

    Good to see you went through the scalpel without getting… scalped.

    Take good care of yourself, buddy – it’s so worth it. 🙂


    • Baz - The Landy April 17, 2013 / 7:36 am

      Thanks for that, Um yeah, still got my scalp!!! 🙂


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