Help, I broke my Tibia AND Fibula!
Recovery pictures and timeline
2/23 - Fractured (left) Tibia (mid-tibial shaft) and Fibula (2 fractures-proximal and distal third). Paramedics and Fire Department arrive, administer morphine IV, splint. Ambulance ride to local hospital, x-ray's taken. More pain killers (morphine, dilaudid). Re-splint leg, and admitted into hospital room
2/24 - Surgery - ORIF (Open Reduction Internal Fixation) of Tibia / Titanium IM (Intramedullary) Rod inserted, 3 screws. Anesthesia, sciatic nerve block, some bone carpentry... woke up 1.5hrs later in recovery!
2/26 - Discharged from hospital with crutches, splint (from surgery still on), vicodin and toradol.
3/4 - Orthopedic Surgeon (OS) appointment. Splint removed, short leg plaster cast fitted. Physical Therapy (PT) prescribed, 2x/week for 4 weeks. TTWB (Toe Touch Weight Bearing)
3/8 - PT - could not do anything with staples in knee and plaster cast on.
3/18 - OS appointment. Plaster cast and staples removed, "Darth" walking boot fitted. Very little Range of Motion (ROM) in knee and ankle. 3 Week x-ray's taken.
3/23 - PT, knee
3/26 - PT, knee
3/31 - PT, ankle
4/2 - PT, ankle
4/12 - OS appointment. X-ray shows signs of bone growth/healing. Dr. states that I can bear-weight as tolerable. Depending how it feels, I can wear normal shoes and ditch the "darth" walking boot. Also, wean off the crutches and try walking...!? Dr. asked if I had been going to PT (which I had 4 times), advised that if I felt it was a waste of time, he would not refer anymore. I said that I could go either way, and since I was going back to work, I'll take the PT referral and see how if I can schedule more. WBAT (Weight Bearing As Tolerated)
4/13 - Back to work...
I'd like to thank my wife for helping me throughout this entire ordeal!
X-ray taken in ER, nurse said it didn't look good, but could not show me the image.
First OS appointment (1 week post-surgery), splint was removed...
3 week x-ray's show the fibula is lined up nicely and the tibia is pretty secure!
Get that cast in the trash!
Almost 7 Weeks
This page is meant for my personal reference and to help me deal with the injury experience. I am by no means a medical professional and no medical advice, research, treatment, etc is implied or recommended.