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 Re: Broken tibia and fibula 8 weeks post surgery healing progress
SheilaB (136.32.188.---)   9:25pm May 20 2017

Came across your post while searching on an issue my husband is having with his leg. Your breaks are identical. He slipped off our porch in an ice storm in January '17. Shattered both tibia and fibula just above the ankle and fractured the ankle. Had tibial nail/IM nail surgery the following morning, rod w/ one screw at knee and 5 screws below fracture points all being inserted in tibia, none in fibula. Was in hospital for a week (developed a PE from the surgery but was caught early and is fine on that now), skilled nursing for 3 weeks, then home. Initially we were given all kinds of speculation on how long it would take to heal, all this being by doctors and nurses who were not the operation surgeon or familiar with the procedure. At the first OS follow-up, he was instructed to remain non-weight bearing for *at least* the first three months, saying it would take at least a year to heal, and that in some circumstances future surgery is need to increase blood flow to the area for healing (though they would do everything they could to keep that from happening). Also, he was issued a lovely CAM boot with instructions to wear it at all times unless actively doing PT. From there (outside of the general icing instructions, pain med, PT exercises for mobility/rotation), it was wait & see. X-rays each month. He has now been weight bearing for almost a month. We've been quite shocked each time we saw the x-rays because there was hardly any healing in the bones -- very little webbing in tibia and none in fibula -- though the ankle fracture has completely healed. Given the severity, maybe our expectations were too high? OS said the same thing yours did: the lower part of the leg is the hardest of all fracture sites to heal due to the lack of muscle and blood flow in the area. As far as pain goes, he was in quite a bit of knee pain for the first couple months. He said there's been very little pain at the fracture site unless it gets hit (which happened in rehab...and that nurse was never allowed back into his room!). He was more concerned that he'd lost sensation in his shin and bottom of foot, that everything felt numb though everything appeared "normal". But the OS said it was pretty typical given the severity of the break.

At the last appointment when he was given clearance to bear weight, the surgeon brought up using an ultrasound bone growth stimulator, that insurance typically doesn't approve them early on for these lower tibia breaks until approximately three months out. Fortunately, our insurance approved the unit and it was received about two weeks ago. After using it twice, the numbness in the leg went away completely. Yay! Of course, this means he's now feeling everything. Boo! There's a good & bad to that. Good, because it means possible healing!!! Bad because it's now moderately painful and he's in more discomfort. The latest change is that his skin all through his shin and top of foot has become extremely sensitive, a burning sensation. Keeping the entire lower leg wrapped in an ace bandage seems to be the only thing helping the burning.

That's where he's at so far. He has another appointment with his OS this coming week and then we'll see how this bone growth machine is working. I read your post to my husband because he's been a bit discouraged with how long this is taking to heal. But it was encouraging to know it's not just him, that this is simply the way it goes. So thank you for sharing your story here. I wish you the best in your continued healing! I will keep visiting back here to see if you post any progress updates and will try to update on my husband's as well given he's only 1 month ahead of you.

Sheila

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