Your legs are measured during a preoperative office visit to determine the right implant size, and then the implants are ordered for surgery. The day of surgery, you are given general anesthesia or sedation anesthesia and placed in the prone position (lying face down) on the operating table. The incision is made at the back of the knee, through the skin and fascia (sheet of connective tissue) covering the gastrocnemius muscle.
Once your surgeon locates the most salient nerve (tibial nerve), the procedure can proceed without much concern for encountering other nerves or arteries, because there aren't many in this area. A snug pocket (large enough only for the implant) is made between this fascia and muscle, into which the implant will be inserted. The implant is inserted and the leg is examined before the incision is closed with sutures.
Calf implants should be healed and the use of your legs back to normal within two months, but make sure you take it easy until then. The first twenty-four hours after surgery must be spent in bed with as little movement as possible, but after a couple of days you will be able to walk around – in fact, this is encouraged, as it gets your legs used to having the implants present. When sitting or lying still, however, always keep your legs elevated. Exactly how much time you need to take off work will depend on your job and your lifestyle. If your job involves little movement, such as an office job, you may be able to go back to work within a week or two; however, if you do any kind of physical labour, you may have to wait over a month. Full and complete healing, including the fading of scars, will take up to a year.
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