Annette T 8:45am Oct 24 2019
I have the "same" type breaks in my right leg. My first OS fortunately let me stay in a cast below the knee and luckily my bones never shifted. My bones aren't really displaced either - more like a crack at the bottom of the tibia that splinters up the middle a little. When I feel my leg sort of twisted out from under me.
Anyway, here is my experience with no surgery. I am 40 years old and healthy. Never broken anything in my life.
7 week Xray - no healing
9 week - new cast Xray no healing
12 week - air cast boot Xray no healing, ordered bone stimulator
15 week - Xray no healing, was told surgery now needed
I went for a second opinion because I was literally (and still am) at my wits end with this entire ordeal. Second opinion doctor told me this is the hardest bone (the tibia) in the body to heal. A very slow healer in general. Told me I needed surgery to help heal the bones. If I had known I was going to get NO WHERE in 4 months I would have pushed for surgery way sooner. I think depending on your breaks, these time frames that the doctors provided are unrealistic at best. Your body determines what's going to happen, when it's going to heal and we are all different. I don't mean to sound down about it but the first OS told me at my first appointment ever 8/10 weeks in cast and the walking in boot. Well that absolutely did not happen for me. That's just the general time frame if all goes well. And maybe everything will for you. I really hope it does! These bones can take 12/18 months to heal for some people.
I am slowly coming to terms with having surgery because I need to walk again.
I think it depends on how patient of a person you are. The longer you are from surgery the more your leg muscles are going to shrink into nothing. Believe me. I would rather be having surgery on my what my leg looked like 4 months ago and not this tiny little chicken wing I'm left with.
Good luck to you.
Sending healing wishes.