Operating Room Report
|Side view X-ray from Emergency Room. (01-31-04)||Closeup of shattered fibula and broken tibia|
|Closeup of 2nd fibula break near knee||Day 5 in the hospital. 2 days after surgery. (02-04-04)|
|Closeup of external fixator||2 weeks after surgery w/ hardware installed.
The only thing that will stay is the plate on the
fibula and 11 screws. The other stuff in the X-ray
are parts of the external fixator. (02-18-04)
|2 weeks after surgery about to remove stitches|
|4 weeks after surgery: less swelling and skin
is starting to heal. (03-17-04)
|My 8 inch surgery scar fully healed||2 month X-ray of fibula. Lots of bone growth|
|Side view of fibula||Side view of tibia. Good view of fixator rods|
|Closeup of tibia healing. Go go fibrocartilage!||Removed frame of fixator and preparing to
remove tention wires and rods. (03-30-04)
|This is gonna hurt coming out...||Tool used to remove the rods and wires. My great
grandfather probably used one of these
|Removed rod from foot. Ya, that hurt||Hey, there's a bone in there. I spent the next couple
of days trying not to bleed to death from these holes
|I get to keep all the parts to the external fixator||Coated titanium rods that were in the foot and tib|
|This is my leg's new home for a while.
It weighs approximately 427 pounds, or so it feels
|9 weeks after surgery. Holes are closing up.
The foot and ankle is still noticeably swolen and
the left leg muscles are fairly atrophied
|Looks really swolen from this angle||10 week X-ray. Pretty blurry but you get the idea.
It's looking really good and is about half-way
|3 months post op back on the dirt. I can't even
walk yet. Don't show this to my doctor!
|Here I am 4 months post op. Starting to look more
normal with muscle growth and holes scarred up.
Lower leg/ankle is still larger than normal, but
I might as well get used to that for a while
|Can barely see the surgical scar anymore with my
gorilla hair in the way
|6 month X-ray. My surgeon is happy with it
and thinks I made a great recovery considering
how bad the break was. (07-20-04)
|This will be the last update for a while. I will be
going back for another surgery to remove the
hardware this winter. I'll be sure to take more
|Removal of Hardware / final surgery (12-04-04):|
|10 months post op. Removed hardware and scoped
ankle. Everything looked good. Here is the scar
and stitches left behind.
|Top view. Two stitches on either side of ankle are
points of entry for arthroscope. Scar on shin is from
pin removal of external fixator earlier this year.
|Plate and screws removed from fibula.||Final X-Ray 12-14-04. Lots of bone that will take
years to clean itself up.
|The End||...or is it?|
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