Steven Jones 10:45am Sep 28 2017
Hi. I've been to the fracture clinic today to have my leg leg re-Xrayed and see the specialist in charge of my recovery and it's mixed news I think. I got back a couple of hours ago and I've been taking in what he told me. I'll try to summarise what he said, and what my wife can also remember and scribbled down:
1. I've broken both the tibia and fibula in my left leg and did this as I landed and twisted my leg falling off the trampoline. They are called spiral fractures and are "mid shaft" i.e. Half way more or less from my ankle to my knee
2. Both bones are snapped clean in half.
3. Treatment - this is the biggie today for me: he discussed non operative v operative, which is surgery to put a rod in or putting me in a cast only...he is of the opinion that wherever possible surgery should be avoided if the breaks can heal without it.
For my fractures he thinks they will heal without an operation. The ends of the bone were put back into position when I had the plaster put on on Monday so that's ok.
Unfortunately for me the cast i need to be in will have to be one that immobilises my knee also so it will be a full leg cast. This isn't good.
He said the cast will be reduced to below my knee once the fracture becomes "sticky" i.e. Begins to knit back together. In his estimation this is likely to take anywhere from 8-12 long weeks followed by either a shorter cast or a walking boot or both depending on progress (or lack of). I'm 40 - age is against me for quick healing.
I'm facing a minimum of 16 weeks in plaster.
This news has taken me aback and messed up a lot of plans.
After seeing him I had to get my leg re-plastered into another full leg splint - called a backstab according to the nurse who helped me take in the gas and air when they did it. The previous one wasn't the best fitting and had come loose around my thigh.
It's obviously from my toes to my groin, is wet as it's still not dry and heavy and not at all nice.
My breaks ache from the replastering.
I'm taking in the news slowly but not sure what to make of it?
I go back to fracture clinic on Wednesday to see if the swelling has gone down and if it has, they will put me in a complete full leg cast from my toes to the top of my thigh, which i need to be in for 8-12 weeks.
What do you all think?
I'm apprehensive as I'm struggling with this full leg plaster splint let alone a full leg complete cast.
I'd appreciate any thoughts and if anyone has experienced being in a full leg cast then please let me know how you got through it.