I had surgery on my right medial malleolus this last wednesday because I fractured it playing soccer. I expected pain in the ankle, but I am also experiencing a great deal of pain(6-7) and pressure in my right lower posterior femur in the area of the sciatic nerve division. The pressure feels like a badly pulled hamstring and I was wondering if this is a normal post-op symptom. Thanks. - Evan
I forgot to mention the pressure becomes apparent upon standing upright with my crutches.
Hi, this is Neuro Doctor, an American Board Certified Neurologist with vast clinical experience, and I am very glad to help you with your question.
Did this pain start immediately after the surgery or came on later?
It was noticeable the first day after the surgery.
Before using crutches or after?
I had been using crutches for 2 weeks prior to surgery, so after.
but the pain was not there before surgery, agree?
And how long you were on the surgical table during the procedure?
about 2 hours
Is there any swelling too in that area?
no. just in the ankle
and no skin discoloration too, agree?
Okay I got it, first of all this does not look anything serious
This may be some pressure effect
while on the table
causing some muscle or nerve minor irritation
but does not look like anything major
this should resolve soon
how long should I expect to feel this pressure?
may be a week or so
this will resolve gradually
you may try heat or cold compressor
some pain creams like myoflex
to the affected area
follow the instruction on weight bearing and physical therapy (as per their instructions)
but you do not have symptoms suggestive of any major injury in that area
ok, good. That takes a load off my mind. Thanks for the professional opinion. I will look into myoflex.
You are very welcome. I reassure you once again nothing serious going on and this should resolve very soon, try myoflex too, all the best!
Do you have any further questions?
No, that's it. Thank you!
You are very welcome, all the best!