Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Life in Turkey: Ankle Surgery & Recovery

I’m finally home from the hospital after ankle surgery and a 3 day stay. I’ve got a lot to say about the experience of being in a hospital in Turkey, but I’ll save that for a different post. If you are wondering how I hurt my ankle to begin with, let's just say an adventurous spirit, a parachute and rocky terrain, and a nasty fall from the back of a jeep got the best of me.

This is a few hours after surgery. 

This is the first time I’ve ever had any kind of operation or hospital stay. I think its funny that my first time was in Turkey. I have to say that as I was doing all my pre-surgery prep and doctors visits, I was very thankful that I’ve never had any major health problems and that as a whole I am a healthy person. It motivates me to continue taking care of myself and look for ways that I can do an even better job as I move forward.

My orthopedic doctor, Dr. Yetkin, at Akdeniz University Hospital in Antalya was amazing. I had a million fears of miscommunications and what I might experience in Turkey, but he proved me wrong. He is an intelligent and gentle man that made me feel very comfortable with the procedure and his expertise.

For those not so faint of heart, here are a few pics of my ankle about 24 hours after surgery.

I'm home now and for the next 2 weeks, I'm bound to crutches, ice and pain/anti-inflammatory medication so that I can move on to physical therapy.  I'm not one to sit still so these next couple of weeks will be a little rough, but looking forward to the long term results.

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