Three days after I was finally diagnosed with a Lisfranc, I had the pleasure of being operated on. Yay. I was originally booked for surgery the next day, but the misdiagnosis had complicated the surgery and they required a lower-limb specialist. They told me that they were going to put in four screws, and they had to ‘scrape off the scar tissue’ that had already formed.
I don’t think I actually knew what pain really was before this. When I came out from under the anaesthetic, my body went into shock from the searing pain even though I had the maximum morphine dose. I couldn’t stop crying, and I felt like my foot had been blown up like a balloon and filled with boiling water. After a couple of hours, the pain came in waves and my loved ones came to visit. I was pretty drugged up and I only remember alternating between making jokes with my family and sobbing while my boyfriend reassuringly stroked my hair.
I was discharged the next day. As I put my foot to the floor, I could feel the blood rushing into it. The pain was so much that I felt like passing out. I barely remember getting home, but my loved ones made sure I was settled and loaded me up with bedside snacks and entertainment. The next two weeks were hard. I was completely bed-ridden and needed people to do everything for me – including help getting into the shower, getting glasses of water, cooking meals and cleaning. Even going to the bathroom required planning because of the intense pain that hit me every time I moved my leg, let alone stood. It didn’t take long for me to start feeling helpless. I kept my spirits up thanks to the overwhelming support I had from the people around me – but that deserves a post in it’s own right.
Two weeks later, I had my cast removed to reveal the gloriously distinctive Lisfranc scars. I was put into a cam boot (or walking boot) and was instructed to stay non-weight bearing and this would be reviewed in six weeks time. I ended up non-weight bearing for the next 3 months.
What was your surgery like? What hardware did you get? Looking forward to hearing your stories, and feel free to ask any questions