last week i had my first post-op appointment. it was the first time i saw the incision from the surgery. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!! i had no idea that they would cut open a 7" incision! and i have 12 staples. and they hurt! i have to admit i nearly passed out when they unwrapped the ankle. dad, in his infinite desire for knowledge and pictoral evidence, brought his camera. dig it:
so... why did they cut such a big hole? to put in a plate, four small permanent screws (three in red circle) and two ginormous removable screws (one in the blue circle and one out of the picture just above the first).
in 6 weeks they will cut me open again to take out the ginormous screws. lucky me.