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    Old 04-21-2007, 06:45 PM   #1
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    Surgical fixation of femur fracture

    Has anyone had the surgery in which a femur fracture is stabilized by the insertion of a rod into the femur?

    I have a mid-shaft stress fracture and have been on crutches since Nov., but it seems not to be able to heal so I'm looking at the surgery. Doctors say it is a very unusual injury.

    I know each person has a different experience, but I was wondering about the surgery, the anesthesia, the kind of rod used, the recovery, walking ability, pain, etc. from anyone who has had this experience.

     
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    Old 05-28-2007, 02:35 AM   #2
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    Re: Surgical fixation of femur fracture

    Hi,

    I brok my femur in an RTA about 3 and a half years ago. Mine was a slightly different fracture to you - I nearly snapped the head of the femur off completely. My fracture was fixed with three 4 inch screws (not sure if they were titanium or stainless steel). The operation had to completed as soon as possible and there was a chance that the hip bone would die and begin to crumble, resulting in the need for a hip replacement. Luckily my hip healed well. Because I had also fractured my pelvis I was stuck in a wheelchair for the first 6 weeks and then had to use crutches for the next 6 weeks. I am sure they will have you up and about before then!!

    The three screws were put in at a strange angle and stuck out so were causing me a bit of discomfort (I couldn't lay on that side), so I had them removed in January of this year. It was the best decision I've ever made and again the hip is healing well. This was done as day surgery and I was up and walking about (with the use of crutches) after a few hours!

    If you want to know anything else - I have got a picture of my Xray on the internet somewhere - I'll et you have the link!

    Claire

     
    Old 06-03-2007, 06:26 PM   #3
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    Re: Surgical fixation of femur fracture

    Thanks, Claire. That was a pretty bad injury, and I'm glad you seem to be coming along ok. I have a dr. appt. soon and I hope to come to a good decision with him about what to do. The leg has been feeling relatively good lately, but not perfect as you think it would be after so many months on crutches and now a cane.

    I'd take a look at that x-ray if you want to share it. The things that can be done with screws, rods, etc. are amazing and help people so much.

     
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