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Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by lineareagle, Feb 17, 2012.
Brutal thread. I think I'm going to ride home a little slower than I rode to work.
January 6, 2012.
Going into town for dryer parts.
Stop sign, Cadillac, don't remember what happened, but I was cited for making an unsafe movement. I do remember a female voice screaming, yellow fender, sky, road, sky, road, sky, fence post, dirt.
My Left Kankle:
My heavy metal:
My orthopaedic surgeon is a rider.
He figured he'd save me some money by removing the long screw at the bottom in his office.
That was an adventure.
That looks very familiar ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Broken fibula and separated ankle... the two long screws are now broken (4 years later) but they don't bother me so they are staying!
Hey, between us we have two good ankles.
this scares the shit outta me. But i'm gonna ride anyway.
I dunno about scary. If you think about it for a moment, this thread is full of folks who have pretty bad injuries that are either riding again or looking forward to it. Without the surgical options that are available now, not many of us would be as active as we are.
Probably one of the lessons from this thread is that although injuries do happen and surgery is called for and modern orthopaedic surgery can put together just about any bone disturbance, the spirit, the essence of the reason we ride is not lost but in some way enhanced.
Fear of mishap is not a good educator, but awareness that a lack of diligence can have consequences is.
For me decisions are thoughtful and awareness of the road is paramount to a good ride, not an uneventful ride but a ride that delivers all that I demand of it. No surprises.
yup. Very aware and defensive, agatt and brights on during the day, brp, and practice countersteering (which is actually a blast). Still....
i told my family i will die on a motorcycle. And i will die happy.
New member to the metal club here. Ti rod in right femur after a what should have been a total non-event dirt nap with 1200GS.
Except that this time bike happened to land on me making the the femur a "crashbar". Bike didn't suffer any damage....
In the first operation the bone got set rather crooked, a revision was required to set the leg on straight. The revision op was really rough.
As it's already been mentioned, removal of this kind of hardware can be tricky and in my case it was. The supplied tool didn't fit the rod and they had to fab a new removal "socket" while I was cut open. They really do have some sort of metal shop at the orthopedic surgery area :eek1
Took them two hours to remove the first hardware.
The removed hardware
Has anyone on here, who had a broken arm/elbow, used one of these?
My surgeon suggested it last week since I am five months out and still only have about a 90 degree bend to my arm. Insurance won't way the $1900 price tag. Stinks cuz I could gain my ROM back so much quicker with the device, but insurance prefers to pay up to $8000 in PT visits and prolong my recovery.
So I am wondering if this little contraption is worth me paying for it out of my pocket or if anyone has a used one for sale....
I wish I had the X-Rays from my "incident". A highside at about 45 MPH caused several shattered bones in my left foot that required several screws and once that healed, required the ankle to be fused.
Since I had been on crutches or a cane for over 2 years and favoring my left leg, I ended up destroying one of my discs in my lower back so, now that is fused too.
I was pretty bummed when my Dr wouldn't give me the first set of screws from the foot after they were removed. They said that there was a bunch of paperwork and sterilization issues to deal with in order to give them to the patient.
I think they were just lazy.
My PT hinted at some sort of brace that could be worn at night to help straighten my arm. Im at about the same time frame as you and have about 90% ROM back. About 10deg from straight and i can almost bend it to touch my shoulder. Rotation is almost normal as well.
Holy smokes. Good for you!
Wonder wtf I am doing wrong.
If you're doing what the PT and surgeon tells you, then you're doing the right thing.
Me... I'm just a stubborn prick!
(didn't tell you that I'm having heaps of trouble with my shoudler now though)
I used one but it wasn't as nice as that one and I was already nearly getting to full bend at the time I started using it. I'd say it sped up the process only a little. But, this was after I already had some of the metal removed from my elbow. You might be able to rig up something with those exercise bands to keep tension on your arm to make it bend. My PT said those braces use a constant tension on you muscles to fatigue them until they relax and the arm bends a bit more.
Are you gaining any ROM or are you stuck at 90 degrees? What does your PT person think is stopping your elbow? Ortho Docs are pretty arrogant and counting the one who put all that metal in me, I saw 4 Drs. who all said the hardware was not the cause of my lack of range. Yet as soon as I had some of it removed I started seeing good progress. Funny thing is that they all took x-rays and looked at them but not one of them actually moved my arm to feel what was going on.
New member to the club. Compound tib fib resulting from a hit and run. Tomorrow is my eighth day of recovery. Rock on.
Later the same day.
This is the full Monty for sure. Hope the healing proceeds well and quickly. Vitamin d and good nutrition help a lot at this stage and the fun is just beginning, but you shall prevail!
Your surgeon did an excellent job. Very neat!
Best of luck in your recovery. Give it plenty of time. I'm one year out on a hip fracture / screw repair and I'm still gaining strength. At least I can flip the leg over the GS, but it's still not 100 percent.
Hey bracky72 -- Yipes!! You have my sincere sympathies. I had a compound fracture of my tib/fib plus fractured ankle in December 2011. I was 12 weeks non-weight bearing, finally got to walk on my own two feet (without crutch or cane) just about a year ago. My knee is still stiff (will probably always be that way), but I can do essentially everything I was doing before the accident.
I found this cast cover to be way better for showering than trying to wrap your cast in plastic bags:
I also used a fleece toe cover to keep my toes from getting too cold. Something like this:
And as you are sitting around, you can spend time on this site:
Hope you heal up well. Don't push it and be sure to give your body time to heal. It does get better! (And drink lots of water to stay ahead of the stoppage caused by the painkillers.)
Well, if you've read "Biffed off the Beemer" you know that I had a wee get off that caused a boatload of damage to my left leg. I am now a member of the "Heavy Metal Club". I've still got about 3.5 weeks before I can consider weight bearing and physio. I hope the time goes quickly.
I had an IM Nail repair on April 23, 2013. The Beemer had no damage.