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Old 05-02-2013, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fractured tibia / ruptured quadricep - to keep or not to keep plates and screws?

Snowboarding in Austria in February. Rejoining piste after a bit of off-piste bashing. Deceptively high drop onto deceptively flat and hard piste - almost going up hill...

BANG! Knee exploded as I was trying to absorb the landing.

Ski guide tells me to walk 200m up the hill to the lift; make it there after about 30min with lots of help from the people I was riding with. Leg can't bear any weight - have to use his ski poles as crutches.

End up getting taken off the hill in the BANANA-OF-SHAME. Off to hospital...

X-rays and CT scan confirm a fractured tibia and ruptured quadricep (left leg now three times the size of my right). Surgery puts a plate and some screw in. That was a season ender for me

Still struggling 8 weeks later. Finally got rid of the crutches though...

Anyway, just wanted to vent. Missed such a great season this year in Austria - had to cancel like five weekends away. I struggle with German so don't get much advice from the doctors and physiotherapists here. Watching snowboard vids from the couch at home doesn't help much. Here's hoping I will be good to go next season..

BTW anyone who has ever had plates and screws put into their leg - did you get them taken out or do you just leave them in? I can touch the thing through the skin and am worried if I bang it on the edge of the box or something it could cause a whole lot of other trouble...
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can't help on the plates or screws, but damn man that sucks, heartbreaking...
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey allgrnpenguin that sucks ass. That's a good question about the plates which I'd try to consult a private doctor who can speak your language. Sometimes taking the plates can be better sometimes not, so depends on the case.

I blew my knee in Japan, had MRI taken there and doctor said the knee is fine. Spent 4 days in a hotel alone watching ninja warrior and eating the same dish everyday cause I couldn't speak a word of Japan. Got home and doctor said it's time to get an ACL, MCL and meniscus surgery.

Anyways why I wanted to reply is to encourage you to get into a good rehab program. It's the key for your quick and throughout recovery. I can definitely understand your frustration if you don't speak the language. Try to look online if anyone know's a good physical sport therapist in your area, talk to your friends to working as an interpreter for you in your physical therapy visit or something. Hope this helps and if watching snowboard flicks keeps you motivated and in positive spirit that's huge.

I've spent over 2 years in rehab total and I tried my best to take advantage of the down time. Read books, educated myself, did things I didn't normally have time for and got into healthy eating and gym habits. Heck if it gives you more free time, take Rosetta Stone and power through the German edition to master the language. Just my five cents, stay strong and I wish you fast recovery!
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I've had two rods and a plate and dozens of screws in my right tibia (not all at the same time), and I demanded they remove all of it. The screw heads end up being really close to the surface which made wearing boots uncomfortable, made squatting and kneeling agony. There's just not a lot of padding there. Absolutely consult with your doctor, but unless there is a medical reason for them to stay, I'd get them out. Good luck.
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