I am 19, male. Two weeks ago I under went an 'open reduction fixation (L) distal humerus fracture" surgery after waiting a solid 2 days in the hospital. The surgery went well but the doctor said I will most likely not have all the motion back. It is still swollen and I am in a robot looking brace right now. My questions are:
Could my smoking cigarettes have anything to do with it being swollen?
If I work hard in physical therapy, will I regain most of the motion?
If anyone has undergone this surgery I would love to hear your results.
Speaking from experience the only advice I can give is that smoking while the fracture is healing could affect it greatly. I have just had surgery to repair my midshaft humerus fracture. I was stupid enough not to listen to my dr and smoked. The fractured didn't heal. Needless to say it ha been 4 days since my surgery and I haven't touched a cigarette. I can't answer you question about motion because I simply don't know. What happened to me is my fault not anyone elses. Now I will pay attention and heed my doctors advuce.