Marina 1:49am Dec 31 2019
I would get a second opinion, really bad Tibia breaks like yours RARELY heal in a cast. If it was a tiny fracture it would be fine, but if your whole bone was broken clean through that means their is nothing to hold that bone together. While a cast keeps your leg immobile, their is still movement, because you need to get up to go to the restroom, take a shower, or just moving around in bed. All that movement is going to shift the bone out of place, and when that happens their is no way for it to start healing. Better to get surgery now, then have to wait 5 months and then get surgery and pretty much start at day 0 again.
Also another reason why surgery is normally the better choice, when you go the cast route it can take over 6 months to get out of it with a bad Tibia break. The first time I broke my Tibia and Fibula the doctor offered me a full-leg cast or surgery. He said a full leg cast would mean it would take 6 months to heal in it, plus their was no guarantee that the bone wouldn’t shift during that time making the leg cast mute and needing surgery anyway. I chose the surgery route recommended by my orthopedic, and since he was the head of the orthopedic department at Kaiser I definitely trusted his opinion.
I hope you have a speedy recovery! It sucks breaking your leg during the holidays! :(
5/13/2017 = Right Tibia and Fibula Plateau Fractures
6/7/2017 = Surgery to Insert Metal Plate and Screws
3/15/2019 = Left Tibia and Fibula Comminuted Fractures
3/18/2019 = Surgery to Insert IM Rod and Nails
9/4/2019 = Surgery to remove Nails