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Old 10-20-2013, 12:37 PM   #226
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:55 PM   #227
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Going in for my first meeting post operation tomorrow, it will be interesting to hear how it went and how much trash was in the ankle. If he shoots X-rays I will try to get a digital copy so you can see what it looks like.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:53 PM   #228
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It went pretty much as expected other than I now have a sleeping shoe I have to wear at night because of the ligament repair and not allowing it to stretch in the wrong directions. So that's going to be a pain in the ass! The path ahead is basically 4 weeks until I can start putting weight on it/start driving. The routine is the same as last time; first day 40lbs of weight and adding 20lbs every 2 days as tolerated until up to full weight. The other thing which I found out is that due to the ligament I won't be able to even ride a stationary bike for another 4 weeks....I was hoping I could get started right away but I guess not. If I could get my big walking boot to work on the exercise bike I could immediately but I don't think that is feasible. He said everything looks good and is healing well. Oh and the stitches were removed today so that's another thing behind me as well.
The ankle apparently had some trash and a sharp edge which was causing all the pain, he said it should be better now. Actually I am surprised that I haven't had more problems with the amount of times they have been twisted, beat, and battered.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:17 PM   #229
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Final hardware

Well here are four shots of the hardware which I will be living with for the rest of my life....seems so final doesn't it.


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So J4S....are these screws magnetic? I would think no since they are Titanium but then again..... Just curious if these will be a problem at airport security or not.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:50 PM   #230
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So J4S....are these screws magnetic? I would think no since they are Titanium but then again..... Just curious if these will be a problem at airport security or not.
Titanium is non-magnetic. I traveled to South America last November, and got through every airport without any issues at all. I have titanium screws and a rod in my left leg and ankle.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:02 AM   #231
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Titanium is non-magnetic. I traveled to South America last November, and got through every airport without any issues at all. I have titanium screws and a rod in my left leg and ankle.
Thanks...I was pretty sure it is but you read these stories on the internet about people and telling you you have to get a note from your doctor to get through airport security and it just casts enough doubt to make you ask the question.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:37 AM   #232
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No foot in my mouth

He may not be able to respond until he gets his foot out of his mouth.

I did not respond sooner as I had not followed the thread, so I will now.

As an ATC, I am not an MD & certainly not an orthopedic surgeon, but I do often work closely with them & have a great deal of respect for these professionals.
An ATC cannot legally reduce a dislocation. It is beyond our scope of practice, at least in NY State.
One reason is that, especially with a first-time DL, is the possibility of a fracture within the dislocated joint, which could cause additional damage if a reduction is attempted.
I was surprised that, in the hospital setting, with X-ray equipment readily available, that an x-ray was not done before the reduction was attempted.
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Many X-rays were done at many different locations prior to any procedure.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:23 AM   #234
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So J4S....are these screws magnetic? I would think no since they are Titanium but then again..... Just curious if these will be a problem at airport security or not.
Most likely the cannulated screws in your foot are made of a Titanium alloy. They could be stainless steel though. In which case they may be an issue with the metal detectors. We do provide implant cards for our joint replacement patients for the purpose of clearing through a security checkpoint.
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So that begs the question though....are they magnetic? could I get an MRI done? How would I find out for sure?
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If you are talking about an MRI of your foot, then the point is moot no matter what the metal is, the scatter that is produced greatly reduces the effectiveness of the study. If the MRI is on another part of your body? Most orthopedic implants are MR safe as long as they are well fixed inside your body. As far as providing a concrete answer? The FDA prohibits me from giving you an answer unless the implant material has been officially deemed MR safe. The best answer is to provide the ordering physician and the radiology tech performing the scan with any information you have available.
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Time to see the good doc's work



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And blaster is going out on the town. A entire new flotilla of booties, just in time for the winter fashion season! Two new booties. One for walking, and one for sleeping. We find out later the sleeping bootie is $30 on Amazon. I am sure insurance will charge us 4X that.


Finally got blaster some decent hospital food. I've eaten more than one meal here, so 'bout time we had some raw fish together


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The top actually looked really good considering that he had two good sized incisions....healing up nicely! The ankle a bit more swollen, bruised, and tender and the part which is slowing progress down.
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The top actually looked really good considering that he had two good sized incisions....healing up nicely! The ankle a bit more swollen, bruised, and tender and the part which is slowing progress down.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broström_procedure
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Those incisions look pretty darn good, given the recent-ness of the surgery. Right on.
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