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after effects of broken femur??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 5, 2007
  • 05:53 PM

i recently broke my femur in a car accident on 6/12/07.. the doctor did surgery and put a titanium rod in my leg.. ive been told im healing quickly and doing all the necesary follow up therapy.. im 19 years old and im wondering how this injury/titanium rod will affect me down the road and what i can do to prevent it.. thank you

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  • Hello EEE,So only 5 months for you now? How soon were you okayed for weight bearing and therapy?I have a follow up visit, likely an x-ray, on June 3 and will be asking my Dr. --that will be 2 months 10 days from first surgery, or 5 weeks and 3 days from 2nd surgery to remove hardware.I haven't walked for 40 years (come June 7). I could ambulate with crutches so it was the strength I regained in my quads that allowed that. 5 yearss ago, being much older then from all the past, I stopped using the crutches in case I fell and broke something, and my quads weakened so I was always in the chair, as I was when the car hit me. I can still move my right leg, and want my left one to be back equal to it and no pain. My groin is the worst pain left, but have in knee mid-thigch and upper end where it fractured, taking a corner off the hip bone.I went out alone for the first time in my 'chair since the break and just wheeling along, trying open heavy doors, "jolts" my leg, and I don't want to wreck anything, by expecting too much too soon.hang in and post again?I've been reading alot and somehow with that and with all the therapy from 40years ago, I expect 8-9 months, and that is just to remain seated. Can you bend your knee, raise you leg /move it it any way? I say to just be patient, stick with the therapy, and I'm sure you will be back to normal. 5 months is really not all that long, from all the stories I have read!
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  • i broke my femur the same day and had surgery. I had car accident and my femur broke completly in the middle. The bone was overlapping so it wasnt just a fracture was completly broke. My doctor said the they wont take the rod out at all. The doc said the if they take the rod out the bone will break again easily. I had recently x rays and the doc said its started healing a little and still have another month for weight bearing. ive been also doing terapy and progressed a lot with bending it. It doesnt hurt too much only sometimes when i move it on the side a little and i dont take pain killers anymore since 3 weeks agoHi there, i noticed your comment on why you had the rod removed.I broke my left femur in the middle (roadbike accident-i remember attempting to stand & the top half of the bone moved upward & my leg remained on the ground!, i also broke my foot badly & didn't even realise till thye ambos took my shoes off)My doc inserted a titanium rod/nail with 2 fixing screws at each end, he ended up removing the bottom screws as it was not healing too well(was not a clean break & there was a small gap), I was on zero weight bare for 3 months(wheelchair) & then moved onto partial with crutches(the broken foot contributed), i had to learn how to walk again!About 1.5 yrs later, i was still getting lots of discomfort from the top screws & my doc decided to remove the screws & nail. I was affraid that the bone would be too weak, but the doc was certain that it would be fine!The accident was in 2001 & i was 18 at the time, now (2009) my leg is still going strong & has stayed together!, there has been a few times where i have been prepared for it to let go, but i just get a bit of pain instead. I do have the occasional dull-sharp pain in the area where the breakage was.My foot however, gives me pain 24hrs a day, i have just learned to live with it!
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  • Does anyone have a timeline on the healing of "soft tissue damage" from the femur fracture/break?It's 3 months now and my whole inner thigh, from groin, the worst, to my knee, more stabbing, intermittentThanksbl
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  • Hello, I ahve been reading through all of this and it has been very helpful just reading people's different experiences. My femur broke in 3 pieces in a spiral fracute at the beginning of May this year in an accident with my horse. I had a rod and 1 screw near my hip and 2 at my knee put in. It has been a very slow recovery. My leg was actually turning inward so bad after the first surgery I had a second surgery to straighten it more. Its a lot straighter but not 100%. My foot likes to "lay" horizonatally. I have started physical therapy and I am getting some bend and some strength. When they did my second surgery to correct my leg, they took out the screws at my knee and turned the rod and moved the screws to a different location. I have a lot of pain in my hip and knee. I have read so many different stories of recovery and they vary so much. I am still non-weight bearing and use a wheelchair and crutches. My leg is very swollen and I wonder if anyone knows how long that tends to last. There are so many quesitons when you have an injury like this...I wonder will I walk normal again? Will I be able to ride horses again? Anyone have any advice to offer?
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  • Swelling, huge, for me from Mar 27 forward, after 2 surgeries.... so just past 3months. Much swelling has gone down but I still have a 'saddlebag' of fluid on my lower leg and another just below the knee. My whole thigh is down by about 2 inches but the pain exists and interferes with my therapy. in quads and groin (proximal fracture, plus part of hip bone cracked off).I was in my wheelchair when struck by a car.... a loaner chair was 2" wider (18") in the seat and I needed that to accommodate the swelling. I have now purchased (to be reimbursed upon settlement with the driver) a new chair as I require an extra 2" in length because I am tall and am back in my 16" wide seat.Foot 'lay' pointing in or out?Mine points out as I have a malunion, because of osteporotic bones from being disabled 40 years ago, broken back and SCI. All the hardware just made my bone break uo more, so it was all removed. Some SCIs can take the hardware, some can't....so I ended up with 3 incisions for the screws, and a floating bolt, like a bull in a china shop and an infection.As usual, I suspect each injury has its own idiosyncrasies.bl
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  • this forum helps answer questions, about how long .. what to expect .. etc.while out for a Sunday evening bicycle ride .. (I crashed, about 12 miles from home), I broke the 'neck' of my right femur; someone added 3 long screws on Monday night, and they sent me home on Thursday;the foot/ankle swelling was the biggest initial bother; trying to sleep for more than 90 minutes was tough, too! then doc stopped my pain pills at 3 weeks; ouch!flexability slowly cam back, to about 90% of normal, by week #4; it helps to do a little bit of exercise, 10+ times per day; expect your muscles to get soft, too, until they have work to do!I used a walker until week 7; for something to do, I 'timed myself' around the block, after week #4, and slowly improved ! I then used a cane, (and an upside down golf club .. a #3 wood, actually!), for another week, but it's so nice to have both hands free, I now just hobble, (it's week #9)about week 7, I started riding my bike again, (it's easier than walking, or ?? .. once you can get on!), and now do morning, noon, and evening rides each day, (30min each);the kids can still beat me, (I'm 63), but I'm slowly getting faster!the femur is a big bone, and takes longer than you'd expect to heal; doc says any extra movement makes our juices flow better, and we'll heal faster; that sounds about right!
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  • i broke my left femur last 03/28/08 during our basketball practice i was 18 that time. my opponent stepped to my left foot that made me stumble to the ground while we were running. my body spinned to the ground four times and i heard a snap on my femur. when i looked at it, it was already broken. the pain is crazy. my teammates had to get a chair to ride me on a taxi. i'd been in the traction for 2 weeks and i got a surgery on 04/11/08.. and i'd been in the recovery room for four days before i was admitted to the hospital. the doctor put a titanium rod without pins. it was just inserted inside the bone marrow. then i undergone PT thrice a week for 2 months. on 06/11/08, i can walk a bit. after one month, i can walk completely. in the month of august, i can run already. i had a work in the month september but got terminated after a month. lol then after i got terminated, i went back on playing basketball but i'm still suffering from trauma. so i completely recovered for 6 months. but i can still jump high and run fast as what i'm doing before. i am 19 now. i advice that you must have patience and inspiration to recover fast. and you've got to be careful now that you have a titanium rod in your femurs.
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  • I broke my femur in june during baseball, a freak accident its crazy but i got off of crutches in august, i pushed my self alot because just sitting around all day can make you depressed and it being during the summer u not being able to do anything isnt that fun but i still experience some pain. its tolerable pain but like it just gets sore aloti am in the same situation. it really is depressing but i thought i was like crazy or something. i broke mine 2 weeks ago tomorrow and im already getting all ddepressed from it.
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  • Hello,my name is crystal im 27 years old.i was hoping maybe you can give me some answers,or some advice.i was shot in my femur by .50 cali black powder gun in april 2009.it shattered a big piece of my femur bone.basically turned it into dust.also my femur is broke in 3 places,and then while the doctor was trying to place the screw at my knee he fractured my knee,and was unable to put the screw in.so i only have one screw holding the rod running from my hip to my knee.he says that he will never take the rod out or the screw is this true?after a month of complaining about my knee thats when he told me that it was fractured when i was shot,but my medical records,and xrays before,and after surgery dont lie.i didnt know anything about the fracture until he told me.he sent me for an xray in july 2009 the radiologist reports theres no sighns of healing.is this normal?just recently i am able to lift my own leg.my knee doesnt bend all the way.i still cant walk at all,and its going on 5 months.when should i be able to walk again?the doctor told me no physical therapy until i mend,but he forgot that he had sighned me up for them to come to my home three days a week.i told him,and he tells me to quit.i told physical therapy this they quit saying the dr didnt know what he was doing,and the dr hadnt told them about all of my injuries.i have tried to get a second oppinion,and cant due to malpractice thats what they all tell me.even though i have not tried suing him or anything like that.now i just went in for another xray there is a big piece of bone falling off of the rod,and its really close to my artery.that artery has already almost killed me once.so im really scared.he keeps telling me im ok.the radiologist says im not.my family doctor says im not.is one screw enough to hold the rod in place,because i can feel something rolling in my leg?i cant put no weight on that leg or my knee bows,and my leg gives.what can i do?please,please help if you can.i know your not an orthopedic,but i dont know who else to ask.im all out of places to go,and people to go to.
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    • August 19, 2009
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  • I broke mine June 29, 2008 wakeboarding and im 35 years of age. I managed a spiral fracture with 5 breaks. Spent five days in the hospital and left with an IAMNAIL (NAIL WITH TWO PINS) I got off the pain killers before I left the hospital and used cruches for close to two months. I feel about 80% and am optamistic i will be at 100% by June.I do have pain in my hip were the pin was insterted and may have it removed 18 months after surgery. I am not sure about getting it removed, it makes me a little nervous and not 100% convinced it will help? Any experience out there with hip pain and pin removal?.On March 17, 1995 I broke both of my femurs in a car accident. Right one was a clean break and the left was crushed. The bad part about it I was 3 months pregnant with my daughter thats a 14 year old healthy girl today. I went into surgery the same day that it happened. Stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks and was moved to another hospital for rehabilation, that I stayed at for 1 month. Today, I don't really have problems with my legs. Every now and then they seem to get really stiff, and I can tell when its about to rain or get cold. I do have a ?, Do you know what happens when you do not take the rods out of your legs?
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  • Hi, i broke my femur August 28th, 2009 in the 4th quarter of my football game. I made a bad kick on the kick-off, but it would have been good if i had ment to do an onside kick. I am not the safety after i kick i just go and try tomake the take and on this perticular play i was about 4ft from the ball and i jucked to go back the right way and right when i did i just fell. When I hit the ground i herd a crunch, i though ough i sprained it bad and tried to get up. Then i realized i couldn't get up, about ten seconds later the pain kicked in. Well i got a titanium rod put in my femur and 4 screws 2 at my knee and 2 at my hip. My knee hurts the worst but seems to be getting better, i cant bend my knee at all though or i am in horindus pain. Also i can't feel my groin area the doctors said it was from the positioning of my body during the procedure, that my groin was place on a big pole or board of some sort. Can somebody help me out and tell me if this sounds ok, i'd really appreciate it. Thanks, Bman
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    • September 3, 2009
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  • I broke my left femur, my right and left pelvis, my lower leg, and wrist in an automobile accident on Thanksgiving 2008. I had 5 surgeries before Christmas and was kept unconscious in intensive care until after Christmas. I spent two months in the regular hospital, part of it waiting for my leg to be ready to do a skin graft (the car ate part of my lower left leg). My therapy there was basically getting in and out of a wheelchair using a slide board. I was transferred to a rehab hospital where I spent a month trying to learn how to hop (my left leg was completely non weight bearing for most of the month) then to walk with a walker. It is slowly coming up on a year and I am still dealing with the injury. I have foot drop that is going to require surgery number 7 (6 was the skin graft) and now I have a mass on my inner thigh that my reg dr did a sonogram and mri on and now tells me that I have to go back to my orthopedic surgeon to see if the mass needs to be drained. When I have been sitting or laying down for a long period of time I have a lot of pain and stiffness when I get up. This might sound like whining but I am fortunate to be alive and walking around with a walker!!!
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    • September 9, 2009
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  • Hello,my name is crystal im 27 years old.i was hoping maybe you can give me some answers,or some advice.i was shot in my femur by .50 cali black powder gun in april 2009.it shattered a big piece of my femur bone.basically turned it into dust.also my femur is broke in 3 places,and then while the doctor was trying to place the screw at my knee he fractured my knee,and was unable to put the screw in.so i only have one screw holding the rod running from my hip to my knee.he says that he will never take the rod out or the screw is this true?after a month of complaining about my knee thats when he told me that it was fractured when i was shot,but my medical records,and xrays before,and after surgery dont lie.i didnt know anything about the fracture until he told me.he sent me for an xray in july 2009 the radiologist reports theres no sighns of healing.is this normal?just recently i am able to lift my own leg.my knee doesnt bend all the way.i still cant walk at all,and its going on 5 months.when should i be able to walk again?the doctor told me no physical therapy until i mend,but he forgot that he had sighned me up for them to come to my home three days a week.i told him,and he tells me to quit.i told physical therapy this they quit saying the dr didnt know what he was doing,and the dr hadnt told them about all of my injuries.i have tried to get a second oppinion,and cant due to malpractice thats what they all tell me.even though i have not tried suing him or anything like that.now i just went in for another xray there is a big piece of bone falling off of the rod,and its really close to my artery.that artery has already almost killed me once.so im really scared.he keeps telling me im ok.the radiologist says im not.my family doctor says im not.is one screw enough to hold the rod in place,because i can feel something rolling in my leg?i cant put no weight on that leg or my knee bows,and my leg gives.what can i do?please,please help if you can.i know your not an orthopedic,but i dont know who else to ask.im all out of places to go,and people to go to.Hello CrystalI'm Greg. My heart goes out to you. I too was shot in the thigh during an attempted armed robbery at my business. The bullet .45 cal hit me square in the middle of the thigh and took out my femur. There are splintered bits all over the show and the bullet disintegrated and still remains in my leg. If it had exited i would have died of blood loss as it also cut the femoral artery. The entry wound pulled closed and bled little as the muscles contracted and cramped like ***l- I'm sure you know what i mean.At hospital the Osteo put a Pin/nail in from the hip but battled to get it all the way down because a splinter of bone was lying across the distal ( lower) end of the break. So they had to cut my thigh open to thread the pin across the damaged area through all the shards and splinters.My Xrays reveal that he also didnt hit the pin in straight so it impacted the side of the bone wall and with the force he must have used he broke my good upper part of my femur close to the hip. It also split top to bottom into the bullet damaged area. He also broke off the outer portion of my femur at the hip ( trochanter) in his struggle to get it in. Great! My arteries were repaired the next day only because i got compartment syndrome from the femoral bleed into the muscle. This damaged my nerves and time will tell how much muscle also was damaged due to the swelling cutting off circulation to the lower leg. In the two months after the injury the shooting , stabbing sparkling aching crushing burning nerve pain in my lower leg and foot was so bad that i felt guilty about wishing i had lost my leg.entirely.I read much on the internet and was acutely aware of non union issues and was scared it would happen to me. Before this i was a record holder in freediving and spearfished for my Province, rode bikes and horses and flew planes. I also had the strongest legs ( and prettiest if i say so myself :) of anyone i ever knew.I held back on physio being frightened that the movement would cause non union. Today its nearly 10 months later and i have dived again, ride my bike but have not tried to jog or jump and heave myself up steps when leading with the weak sore leg. Its still very weak but seems weakened further by a pain behind my kneecap. I'm told by Biokiniticist that the muscles responsible for tracking the kneecap in its grooves are weak ( teardrop muscle ) so it de-rails as it were and this causes grinding and pain that disables the muscles from pulling with full power. You have to remain confident, but acknowledge pain and fear as just that - pain and fear- but also acknowledge that it will get better. Say to yourself.. I feel pain and i feel afraid but it will pass and i will get better. Say it aloud. It's important as otherwise one can centralise the pain and feel it ' in the mind ' long after its actually gone.I'm confident that it will get better totally. I play underwater hockey and i can tell you there is nothing like water to heal your muscles. I still walk with a bit of a limp but with abductor strengthening it too will get better. I'm determined to have the pins out as soon as i can because im active and if ever my leg breaks again the bent pin is a bear to remove. I look forward to having them out but am not happy about starting all over with rehabilitating cut muscles etc again.I researched hard and having been there and done that I have lots I can say and advise about the physical and mental process thus far and about the meds for pain etc but my post is probably getting a bit long. If you or any one else have any questions that you think i might be able to answer, mail me at gregory@global.co.za and I will answer all with pleasure. Don't post to me here as its unlikely that i will visit here again. Its a tough road and i wish i had had someones insight to have guided me during the first few painful and worry-some months lying in bed myself.regardsGreg
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    • September 17, 2009
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  • i broke my right femur 17yrs ago when i was 12 and still have rod in my leg............i cant ride motor bike,play soccer which is my fav game now im just a spectator of it..........anyone can tell me that is my leg now have enough strength to bear such weights or is there still any chance of broken it again.
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    • September 20, 2009
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  • Hi, my name is Artem. I'm 19 years old and i completely fractured the neck of my femur 2 days ago. I just got home from the hospital. I'm able to walk on crutches, but i'm still in a lot of pain. i got 2 titanium rods put in and one plate. I wanna know if anyone was in a similar situation as myself, and how long did it take to heal...
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    • September 23, 2009
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  • Hey, I'm Dakota. I'm 19 and broke my femur on 10/18/06 from being thrown through the back window of a small car; the driver was driving down a dirt road at approx. 100mph when she lost control, swerved, n the car went into a ditch nose first. I've been having pains where it broke, due to weather, which is to be expected, but does anyone know anything about having the rod removed? Good or bad idea? Does anyone know about allergies to the titanium and symptoms of it? I'm suspecting I may possibly be allergic to something in the rod, and I guess without proper testing I can't be sure, but I was wondering if anyone else thinks or knows they are and what symptoms they have. Thanks!
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    • October 1, 2009
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  • Hey, I'm Dakota. I'm 19 and broke my femur on 10/18/06 from being thrown through the back window of a small car; the driver was driving down a dirt road at approx. 100mph when she lost control, swerved, n the car went into a ditch nose first. I've been having pains where it broke, due to weather, which is to be expected, but does anyone know anything about having the rod removed? Good or bad idea? Does anyone know about allergies to the titanium and symptoms of it? I'm suspecting I may possibly be allergic to something in the rod, and I guess without proper testing I can't be sure, but I was wondering if anyone else thinks or knows they are and what symptoms they have. Thanks!i broke my femur and shattered my pelvis in 2002 from 3 story fall. i woke up to a metal rod in my leg... had to teach that leg how to walk again i couldnt movfe it at all was wierd never realized how heavey a leg was when it was deadweaight. a few months later i was walking again... a year later i had the metal rod removed its been 2 years since i had it removed and winters comin and holy crap im alot more sore then i was when i had the rod. im only 24 and i feel like im 100
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    • October 5, 2009
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  • I know this isn't really an answer to your question but i have a similiar case and i was wondering how u've progressed, im a 19 year old male and i broke my femur sept. 6th in a skateboarding accident, got the rod and what not, i was wondering what ur time framed looked like and how ur healing upi broke my femur n a motorcycle accident it took me all of 4 months 2 get cleared by the doctor. it hurts when it rains. the screws n rods i dont know y
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    • October 20, 2009
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  • hi Im sarah and I broke my right femur on 02/25/07 in a car accident...fell asleep, no other car was involved! I spent a week in the hospital...did a month of physical therapy. I used crutches for almost 3 months and had little limp for another 5 months. Well its been almost 3 years since the accident and my leg hurts everytime it rains, when its cold out, when I walk for long distances, and when I drive!! The pain is like a constant throbbing that sometime is in the whole leg or just around the actual area where it was broke. I knew that when you have metal put in your body that it will hurt sometimes but my question is why is it now that everytime Im sitting down it feels like the metal rod is coming out of the incision scar on my hip!?? is it normal!??
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    • October 27, 2009
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