Hello my name is Ricky. About 2 weeks ago i managed to fracture both my Tibial and fibula. It was a closed spiral fracture and did not puncture the skin. The tibial fracture is about 3-4 inches above my ankle and fibula is right near the top closer to the knee. Now I was placed in a splint for about 2 weeks the was on my full leg above the knee. Now i just came back from the orthopedic and have a full leg cast on. We took xrays with the splint on and the fracture was still a little off place, so then i had the cast out on and was xrayed again, yet they did arch my foot up more and place a bend in my knee. After the cast was on they did another xray and my bone was still in place but now even more out of place, not by much but noticeable. I have done some research to see recovery times and i seen it will be months before the cast can be removed and another month if not more in physical therapy to get a full range of motion and movement back to a normal level. Now my doctor told me i can either go about this 1 of 2 ways..First being the hard cast for about 2 months or surgery. Now this is where i need the help. He said surgery would make the recovery time a lot quicker. He did mention risk of infections and problems with anesthesia with the procedure involving placing a rod down my shin bone and holding it in with pins. So basically my question is which way would be the best for me and overall recovery of my leg? I've only been in this hard cast for half a day and i cannot stand it nor the fact of staying in it for a few months. Also the fact of knowing the sever loss of muscle mass and strength. Now i didn't get much information on the surgery procedure and what is involved, so any more information on how to go about this would be great. Thank You
IDK what you went with, but i have basically the EXACT SAME BREAK and i didnt get sergery. they said dont stick stuff down ur cast, but it was ichy, so i used a glow stick necklace to itch. it really wasnt that bad because you are in a knee high cast for 1 month, and a walking cast for the next. i have reduced my physical therapy time down segnificantly because i work my muscles out in my walking cast by doing leg lifts and other exercises. i believe its alot cheaper just to go the cast rout, and it's not the worst experiance in the world. let me know how ur leg healed and went. mine is almost completely healed and i dont have metal in my leg to mess with me at the airports.
Hey sorry for the late response. I actually had to go a few months with a full leg cast and another 2 months or so with a knee high cast before finally going to a walking cast. But after all that with no surgery its going pretty well. I can obviously still feel slight pain or weird feelings in the break area and throughout my muscles. The muscles and tendons i believe will continue to hurt and be sore for awhile as for i was not on my leg for almost 6 months. After my walking cast was off it was just weird walking and getting used to it. You'll probably feel some slight discomfort in some areas im sure. My bone was put back in place pretty close to where it was, so it is a little off and i can notice it a tiny bit and notice it when i walk the feeling of my right step is slightly off. But im still getting used to it and been walking for a few months now. Just keep working on getting the muscle back and good ankle movement.