Basically, you need to do the physical therapy like its your job. Starting early is imperative. Ankle pumps are the first thing and then progress slowly towards the more advanced exercises. Get a good physical therapist and do exactly what they say. It will hurt, it's supposed to, otherwise you aren't doing it right!
Tell your buddy to be careful with the pain medications. They are highly addictive and it's easy to get trapped.
He should be back to riding within 6 months or less. I was back on my bike around 4. Was it a good idea to be riding that early? Probably most definitely NO.
My wife joined the Navy so I could get these surgeries done. I think she might be a keeper. Brought her over from the Philippines and I guess she wanted to return the favor? Filipinas have a bad reputation, but I can attest that they aren't all sending your money back to the Philippines and/or gold digging.
Originally Posted by nhdiesel
You must be married. I found I couldn't even think about having any serious work done until my wife was out of school, found a job, and we got insurance through her. An unfortunate catch 22 is that while I was working, I got insurance...but I couldn't have anything done, because...I WAS WORKING! If I left my job to have any issues taken care of...no more insurance. That is why I'm taking care of two issues now, while I can, and maybe move on to others later on. At least the worse problems will be behind me.
Good luck with the recovery. Young or not, that isn't something I would want to go through! With that much hardware, you need the nickname Terminator!