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Op done, recovery starts!

Op done, recovery starts!

by Sam Twiston-Davies |  21 Nov 2017

I had my elbow operation at Cheltenham yesterday and all went smoothly and according to plan. It was a fairly straightforward operation to pin and plate the elbow and all was all over in just over an hour. The doctor said I had "good bones"!

I enjoyed the anaesthetic and waking up and it all being done and am now back home with the family.

Now that the op is over, I really feel that recovery can start. The arm is in half a plaster cast and will remain like that for at least a week.

But a few of the lads and I have already arranged to go to Oaksey House on Thursday, as the nutritionist is coming down from Jack Berry House. I’ll be getting more advice on what I should be eating to help my body recover and mend as quickly as possible, as well as how to keep the weight off whilst I’m not riding. 

It’s hard not to feel bored whilst I’m off, so it’s important to look forward and things like this mean that you are focusing on being back and are taking all the necessary steps for the quickest possible recovery.

In the meantime, I’ve got to rest up now for a few days and keep the arm up to help the swelling go down. The pain is still quite minimal and I’m just on ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation.

I’m going to have a few days of just low impact exercise, so just gentle walking around the yard to see the horses, and apart from that, will hole up with some TV. I’ve got some good films to watch, plus the jungle and Peaky Blinders later this week


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