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    Old 05-24-2007, 12:44 AM   #1
    MomOf1Girl
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    Metal in Leg and Ankle

    When I was 3 months pregnant I tripped over my flip flop and fell out of a sliding door. When I went down I turned myself so I wouldn't fall on my belly and my leg ended up hitting a cement step. Well sure enough my ankle was shattered and I broke my leg. When I got to the hospital I had to have surgery and they put in a 12 inch plate and Tons of screws and pins. I was in a wheel chair most of my pregnant and when I started walking on my leg again after about 4 months I broke some of the screws. I never went to therapy and in 7 months after having the accident I had some of the screws removed, well just recently I got my foot caught in a huge ditch and sure enough I sprained it bad so now I have to have surgery again. I will always have the plate in there with 8 screws, but my ankle looks HUGE I was just wondering anyone has metal in the any joint and if so does it always look like it's swollen?? It's been over a year now and my right ankle looks twice the size as my left one. Do you think maybe if I went to therapy it would help the swelling go down or the pain subside???

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    Old 11-01-2007, 08:07 AM   #2
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    Re: Metal in Leg and Ankle

    i had my ankle fused in august...had a porous tallus so he had to put in extra screws...they will come out...(the extras)...but three will stay in.

    i hope they don't hurt...as i was trying to get rid of pain.

    hope you are doing better and stay on your feet!

     
    Old 01-21-2008, 03:29 AM   #3
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    Re: Metal in Leg and Ankle

    hello..i've been searching the board to find someone who had an ankle fusion. my son's fiance (she's 20) is facing the same thing, but has not booked the surgery yet because she is so afraid.
    she was in a car accident 3/07, they put a couple pins in there and she has been walking with a boot since then, and in pain. the pins were just a temporary fix, and they told her she would need the fusion. the doc was taking some bone from her hip from it, and was using a rod to go up her leg (as the main bone, i believe to attach everything to)
    she was referred by an ankle/foot surgeon to a dr. swartz in ft.myers, fla, telling her that he was the best surgeon for this on the whole gulf coast. the doc told her he hated to do that surgery on someone so young, but had no choice. he said she would be in the hosp. about 2 days, then sent home with crutches, needing alot of help and someone with her for about a month (the healing will take about 3 mos). he told her she would have bad pain in hip area as well as ankle.
    problem now being that she does'nt want the surgery and said she is not booking it. she is really upset by this and has been crying alot and under alot of stress.
    i was wondering if i could get something to tell her from someone who has been there. we really need to talk her into this surgery.
    thanks.......bevann

     
    Old 01-21-2008, 05:23 AM   #4
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    Re: Metal in Leg and Ankle

    Hi--
    I have a 8 inch plate and 10 screws in my left ankle, it has been there since 2003. I cracked my ankle right in half. They kept telling me that I was fortunate that I did break it because healing from torn ligaments is much much worse and longer. I was in an air cast for about 3 months, which was cool cause of bathing. The healing process went very well, I never had to go to PT. At first the weather had bothered that ankle, but now I can't even tell I have hardware in there. To look at it--it does look a bit larger than the right, but hey---I broke it in half and I still have metal there. The swealing as far as puffiness took atleast 6-8 mos to go down to where it is now. My kids keep playing with my ankle cause they can feel the screws and plate. I have been lucky thru this ordeal if you asked me---I can't even feel the dif from the injured ankle to the healthy. Good Luck with your surgery!
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    Old 01-22-2008, 02:44 AM   #5
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    Re: Metal in Leg and Ankle

    is what you had done a fusion? she already has metal in there that they put in right after her accident (she crushed her ankles in a car accident). her other ankle was done with hardware, and is still doing ok with that one. the doc is telling her about a 3 mo. recovery from this surgery? also telling her completely off her feet for about a month. she is still saying she is not getting the surgery(walks with a boot all the time now) and is in alot of pain since 3/07.
    i am trying to find out how long and bad pain is...will she have alot of pain in hip also where they take the bones out for fusion..what she will be able to do after the month she is to be down?
    thankyou so much for getting back to me so soon...i am so glad you are doing well!

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    Old 01-22-2008, 06:34 AM   #6
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    Re: Metal in Leg and Ankle

    Hi...i had my ankle fused on august 31st. broke it when i was 20ish. i wore a leather brace on it for the past threee years. when he went to fuseit, turned out to be porous ankle..so he put extra screws in it. he has removed one of them so far. it was supposed to be in bed only for two months,,casted...but cause of the porous i am wearing an aircast...that hs been three months now. it just hasn't totally healed as of the surgery to remove the pin on dec 19th. hopefully i am getting the aircast off on january 31st. i can't wait.

    every part of my hips, spine,,etc etc gets out of whack... but they don't really hurt per say. i do go to the chiropractor for an adjustment on them and that certainly helps. i am 56...very active...so can't wait for this to be over!

    have her get a second opinion if she needs it! p

     
    Old 01-24-2008, 02:20 AM   #7
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    Re: Metal in Leg and Ankle

    thankyou both for giving me some input on this type of surgery. it really upset her alot to talk about it with anyone. being only 20, she is very worried about being down for 3 mos. the main top bone(i believe) it starts with a t, is crushed. she will need bones out of her own hip, plus cadiva bones.
    i had a nice long talk with her yesterday, she is also worried about the daily things in life, work, bills etc. i told her if we take one thing at a time, the most important being her surgery, that everything else will fall into place.
    by the way, this is her second opinion doc. the first foot/ankle specialist referred her to him, saying he would not touch it, that this guy was the best.
    when she left here yesterday, she said she would have the surgery.
    my son works 6 days a wk, so i will be giving most of her care. anything i should be aware of? what she will need help withetc. would be appreciated.....thankyou so much and i hope both of you will continue to do real well!......bevann

     
    Old 01-24-2008, 06:07 AM   #8
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    Re: Metal in Leg and Ankle

    I think everyone on this board has recovered or is recovering a bit differently..each of our docs had their own plan. like i said,,i was in bewd for two months...no if's ands or buts!!! let elevated 24/7. i could get up to use the bathroom...and had a porta potty by my bed. my husband washed my hair for me while i was in bed. he did meals for me morning noon and night. moved a lounge chair into the bedroom to watch tv and visit or for visitors. i was not able to sit in the living room, or go into the kitchen or anything. (no showers for me either)

    after i had my aircast put on,,he let me go sit in a chair...leg still elevated while sitting, but weightbearing with the aircast.

    I had no swelling at all, tho and we think it is due to being so dillegent in 'being down'...and keeping my leg elevated.

    I also took pain meds as often as i needed..hope to lose the aircast next thursday! i am anxious! good luck. p

     
    Old 01-25-2008, 02:39 AM   #9
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    Re: Metal in Leg and Ankle

    hi hooty...air cast coming off next thursday, wonderful!!!! it must seem like forever that you've been out of commision! i am so happy for you!
    thank you for your help in helping me understand what to expect during her recovery, as i will be with her every day til my son gets home from work.
    i know there will be a problem having her do exactly as the doc says(you were right in doing that). she is 20 and bull headed! i also know that she will want to stay on the couch during the day because that is the central room. maybe i can come up with some ways of making the bedroom her comfort zone!
    thank you so much for everything and please update when your cast comes off!.......bevann

     
    Old 02-12-2008, 05:53 PM   #10
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    Re: Metal in Leg and Ankle

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    Originally Posted by bevann26 View Post
    hello..i've been searching the board to find someone who had an ankle fusion. my son's fiance (she's 20) is facing the same thing, but has not booked the surgery yet because she is so afraid.
    she was in a car accident 3/07, they put a couple pins in there and she has been walking with a boot since then, and in pain. the pins were just a temporary fix, and they told her she would need the fusion. the doc was taking some bone from her hip from it, and was using a rod to go up her leg (as the main bone, i believe to attach everything to)
    she was referred by an ankle/foot surgeon to a dr. swartz in ft.myers, fla, telling her that he was the best surgeon for this on the whole gulf coast. the doc told her he hated to do that surgery on someone so young, but had no choice. he said she would be in the hosp. about 2 days, then sent home with crutches, needing alot of help and someone with her for about a month (the healing will take about 3 mos). he told her she would have bad pain in hip area as well as ankle.
    problem now being that she does'nt want the surgery and said she is not booking it. she is really upset by this and has been crying alot and under alot of stress.
    i was wondering if i could get something to tell her from someone who has been there. we really need to talk her into this surgery.
    thanks.......bevann
    Hi Bevann,

    Tell your sons fiance I know how she feels. I'm 21 and I shattered my whole left talus last may '07 in a car accident and I have already had 3 surgeries on it. Just when I thought it was getting better I was told that it had started to collapse and now I have to have it fused. Its hard being so young and going through all this. All, I do is get depressed I am lucky that I have a really supportive family and friends that keep me going. I am also looking into ankle replacement surgery but I dont know if I can get it done since my talus fracture was extremely severe. Tell her that all we can do is try to do what is going to get us through the next years of our lives. People always tell us that we are lucky and that it could be worse but it is bad for us and no one knows how we feel. She should get the surgery it is whats best but we just dont want to face it. I know I have over 150 pairs of high heels shoes and dont know what im going to do after the surgery with them. Hopefully everything works out.

     
    Old 02-13-2008, 07:07 AM   #11
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    Re: Metal in Leg and Ankle

    good post. well...you just get rid of the beautiful high heels..and just get over it. there are cute flats too...

    although..i'm still in the sneaker stage after my ankle fusion..and in alot of pain...but i am trying to get thru it.

    good luck to you.

     
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