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- July 19, 2014 at 1:37 am #1680ChristinaGuest
I have my second appointment at the fracture clinic this upcoming Monday, and so far, I’ve been 50-50 in terms of needing/not needing surgery. I’ve had a week to go over both options, and I’m still not any closer to deciding what I want to do.
Has anyone been in a similar situation where surgery may or may not be a possibility, and the decision was more or less in their hands? What did you do?
- January 20, 2015 at 12:53 am #5326MickeyGuest
I haven’t been in your situation and never heard of the doc having the patient making the decision. I’ve worked in an OR as a nurse for many years. If I had to decide wether or not to have surgery I’d opt not to. Ask for a list of pros and cons on both sides. I just can’t stand laying around being so uncomfortable
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- July 30, 2014 at 3:19 am #1840ChristinaGuest
I would have dearly loved to have had no cast on. They were concerned about stability and weight bearing, but heck — if healing means not putting any weight on it, I won’t be putting weight on it. And if I slip or fall and do end up putting weight on it, I’ll risk that. I miss the knee brace.
- July 29, 2014 at 1:28 am #1826hopeGuest
My doctor at UK Medical facility is considered an expert on tibia plateu surgery advised me that they no longer use casts and send u home with with range of motion exercises. OF COURSE THIS MAY BE DEPENDENT ON THE SEVERITY OF THE. BREAK.
- July 24, 2014 at 3:42 am #1787ChristinaGuest
The verdict is…
I saw the OS this past Monday and he was happy with how the fractures are healing, and I don’t have to go back for another five weeks.
I’m relieved, of course, as not having to get cut open is fantastic news. But in a way, it’s thrown me for another loop because I had 10 days to mentally prepare for surgery and now it’s in a different direction.
This TPF is far from emotionally easy, to put it mildly.
- July 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm #1769EileenGuest
Although I responded on a different thread, I will add this. Nothing prepared me for the agony of surgery. You will need a lot of help for at least one or two weeks after the surgery. That said, I am so glad I was able to get a good surgeon who put my leg back together so that I may one day again do the activities that I love.
- July 21, 2014 at 2:30 am #1730ChristinaGuest
The cast has to be on for another five weeks, but it’s 50-50 at this point. My fracture is comminuted with a 6mm depression, and my (fractured) fibula juts out instead of aligning with my femur.
When the prospect of surgery was first brought up seriously, I felt like I was sucker punched and the severity of the injury set in more. But now that I’ve had over a week to process it, I’m feeling more comfortable with the idea, especially if it’ll produce better long-term results.
- July 20, 2014 at 3:25 am #1707Jay JayGuest
Christina, sounds like surgery was not needed. That is always good. I hope your recovery goes well and everything that needs to mend, mends. How long do you have to be in the cast?
- July 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm #1697ChristinaGuest
Lol it’s too late for that, already have a full leg cast on me :/
- July 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm #1692BryanGuest
Just dont let them put a cast on you