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Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by lineareagle, Feb 17, 2012.
courtesy of a taxi in nicaragua...
My time was 3 hours :eek1 --but I had a compound fracture.
Only three hr, I was in surgery for over 10 hr, then in a halo for 4 months
Just got back from the hand specialist and got good news while there, I STILL won't be in the "Heavy Metal Club"! 12/9/2012 got high-sided HARD off my 525 and got me a intra-articular distal radius fracture, 2 places. Doc says everything looks good to go. I be out of the cast before the end of January.
Not mine, but my wife's membership photo... she was a passenger in a work vehicle that rolled. Roof partially collapsed, impacting the top of her head resulting in a burst fracture of the T6.
Clearing airport security is all kinds of fun, nowadays...
And even more to her credit this was before she got her motorcycle license, and we've done several 2-week long 2500mile road trips on bikes since. She's a tough cookie, that one...
Yup. Got the plates on tib/fib. Only the screws sheared at the top of the tib plate. They took it out and put the nail down the middle + bone graft. All good now. Not then. And yes, bike mishap, too embarrassing to post in FP.
I don't know if you'll be able convince my buddy of this, the screws in his radius (a break like mine, but his was worse, no choice but screwing it) are bugging him quite a bit, says he's got tendonitis from them dragging on the screw heads.
When I started riding, I was already pretty well farkled:
My own weather station, courtesy of a logging accident in 2001. All five metatarsals and three cuneiform bones were broken at least once.
sheesh - 7 broken ribs and an a-c dislocation and I can't even register!
ATGATT rules - not a bruise or a scratch on my body from high-siding when a protective dog running with his jogger master tried to tyre-clamp my front wheel with his teeth.
My best wishes to the new breed of bionic weathermen, but given the choice, I'll try to stay out of this club as long as possible!
So I actually did see an ortho about removing the hardware.
1. You should have it done by whoever put it in.
2. They probably won't do it either if it has been more than a year or so unless you have some MAJOR issues with it.
3. The reason is there are so may different styles and types of hardware and not everyone will have the correct stuff.
4. If you insist make sure you go to a major trauma hospital as they are the only ones that will have all the specialized equipment to take out the screws if they break off the heads.
5. He wouldn't touch it because he knows they don't have the right stuff and he isn't interested in doing battle with and making a mess of trying to remove it.
OK, well that clears things up. Guess I am in the club for the duration, hope it can be recycled after they burn away the external bits.
That lines up well with what I was told after mine was installed. If I break it again, it'll be a big job to fix properly, so the lesson is don't break it. Additionally, the doc who did my work has been retired for many years now, so getting him back in the OR for a bit of rework won't be easy -if its possible at all.
oh here's mine btw. Not nearly as gross and messed up as some of you guys, and I hope to keep it that way!!
I had pins plus an external fixation as my wrist bones were smashed, surgeon said it was like "corn flakes in there" after 3 months of sleeping with the hand suspended from the ceiling they loosened the fixation then a few weeks later removal, surgeon says 2 choices in theatre with full on book you in anaethesia etc or in my rooms no issue, how is your pain threshhold by the way, big rough tough biker I said not bad do it in your rooms etc.
I had assumed local anaesthetic or something, no nothing, first cannot find the right allen key set:huh the fancy fixation was american with your funny imperial stuff so they get a set from theatre, undo the bolts then the 2 x 100mm long screws that go through all 4 bones in the back of my hand get unscrewed with a set of 300mm pliers, no pain I must say, but the sensation and watching it, I apparently went "a touch pale" then greenish then the 2 x through my arm and all done... next time theatre please
I later found out it was the first time he had done it out of theatre
That woulda been a great one for you tube!
Intra-articular distal radius fracture, right?
That's what I'm wearing a cast up to my armpit for. But, as I said in earlier post, zero hardware. I got real lucky, and smart, as I opted to NOT try to ride out of the woods and possibly knock bone fragments out of place. I'll be out of fibreglass about 1/15.
yes - mine felt like nails on a chalkboard which originated inside my wrist!
i used to work in medical machining, we turned many bone screws, made plates, nails, instruments, everything for orthopedics. it was scary enough just thinking about how the parts were used, this thread is just terrifying!
I will see if I can load up some of my Xray shots...I suck at loading pics. But YES, I am a lifelong member.
I have had some of my hardware removed and a different orthopedic surgeon removed it, so unless there is some mitigating reason I am not seeing, your current surgeon is just being lazy.
I had a similar compound humerous fracture...not funny at all.
I had a 12" Ti rod implanted in the center of it with 4 screws fixing it. I was racing everyweek at the time and wanted it out eventually because rebreaking it and bending a Ti rod can cause the need for amputation...not an option. After 2 years I had it removed, there is also the issue that a femur and the humerous are BIG bones that carry alot of bone marrow which produces your red blood cells....I want the marrow more than the rod.
Twice I have had plates and screws in my neck, cervical fusion of C-5/6/7 in feb 2011 and then a refusion of C6/7 just 3 weeks ago since thet joint did not take. Now it has a 2" x 3" Ti plate and 6 screws with 6 small locating pins and a SS cage with a bone graft..
I also shattered 6 of the 7 bones in the left wrist, doc said it looked like small gravel in there, it ended up needing to be fused solid after 2 other surgeries 6 pins, 2 screws and a tendon lace up that just did not help. It still has a pin and a 2" long 1/4" screw in it.
I also have had a right A/C shoulder separation of 10cm that required 300 internal sutchers and 3" screw that has since been removed.
As a side note, I have never had trouble at the airport, most of this stuff is Ti or minimally SS which neither is magnetic. They usually use Xray machines now, you walk in, hold up your arms, they snap a shot and you are in or to a second check point. They can see it is just surgical metal...no issue.
posted elsewhere but only just realized there was a heavy metal club.
metal for the foot. crappy DR650 suspension bounced out of control over ruts and i tried to stay with the bike. broke four of the five metatarsals. only five weeks in a cast this time.
can't find the photo of the metal for this one, but had a tibial nail from knee to ankle for a shattered tibia and broken fibula. came over a crest and four wheel drives had chewed the tracks into deep ruts. four months off.