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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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  • I broke my femur on the 26th of april during gym class. Had no pain and unerwent surgery a mere 4 hours later. Now I have a titanium rod in my femur with 2 screws near my knee and 1 near my hip. I got fired from the hospital three days later and was told to walk on crutches. A week later I went back for some X-rays and the outcome was that I should ditch the crutches and start physical therapy. My doctor couldn't explain why my broken leg is now 3cm longer and he also couldn't explain the knee pain.Oh god the knee pain, I mean during the day I am quite fine, walking is improving every day, cycling also is improving but at night my knee is killing me. I have got pretty powerful medication: 500mg naproxen and 10/500 co-codamol (10mg codeine and 500mg paracetamol) but it doesn't seem to work. The doctor also talked about removing the rod after a year and that it was standard procedure. Sometimes I get pretty sad that I will probably never get better completely and looking in the mirror and seeing a 19 year od boy being limp doesn't help either. I broke my femur a week after yours and still can't weight bear so you are doing really good activity wise. Are you maybe overdoing it? Did you discuss it with your ortho doctor? It's great you are doing so well so shortly after but at such a young age I would be very concerned with the knee pain, that's something you don't want to deal with the rest of your life.
    Jamester 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • It's really good to read about everyone's experience on here. I am a 25 year old female who was in a MVA on July of 2012. I broke my left wrist and elbow and my right femur. They put a titanium rod in my femur and I haven't been the same since. At the beginning of my recovery I was really motivated to get back on my feet. I use to be a marathon runner and I absolutely love to run. I was walking about 2 months later and jogging about 6 months later. Once I started jogging again I tried increasing my mileage. At first I got up to 8 miles at a time and was doing so well! I was okayed by my surgeon and PT that as long as I could without pain it was okay. About three months into my training I started getting a pain in me right knee. It started out small but now it's getting worse and worse. I finally gave up running all together because it hurts so much. Now I'm just frusterated because it hurts to even walk now. I worked so hard and now I just feel discouraged.Hi Hannah. What is wrong with these doctors anyway? I was 64 and broke my femur falling end over end on a hazardous set of 150 years old steps. I have a great lawsuit going but would rather have my leg function back. I am still in a wheelchair over a year after the accident last May. I had a rod two thirds the way up my femur about an inch thick and since last August have been using a cane. It seemed better at first but now I can barely make from the bed to the bathroom and the pain which got better at first is almost as bad as when I first started walking LAST summer...DUH. the surgeon's notes state that I was seen in conjunction with the PA...uh, NO. THe surgeon hasn't seem me since the first six weeks after surgery the end of June 2012... So tomorrow I am having the top ortho trauma surgeon removed the 15 screws and rod removed. He said that all that hardware was making it impossible for me to walk....So get a second opinion from a trauma surgeon....bet you will be good as new..I am sure hoping for that...that guy should be sued. Yeah, great a marathon runner who cannot even walk now..**** surgeons.....get a good trauma surgeon who specialized is this stuff and get it removed and many blessings to you Hannah..let me know how it goes........
    martimeighan 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Had a follow up with the ortho surgeon yesterday and was given the go ahead to bear weight "as tolerated" starting Monday. Not sure why he is making me wait until Monday instead of Saturday since it will have been exactly 10 weeks since my surgery on Saturday. I am hoping the Workers Comp approval comes through by Friday so I can start PT again on Monday. I am a little nervous though that he ordered six weeks of Physical therapy 3 times a week, makes me think the recovery is going to be even slower than I thought. He said the healing is going great considering how bad the fracture is and he isn't going to have to remove the rod:) Just sucks I probably won't be able to do much this summer
    Jamester 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've read many of your experiences and I wanted to tell you my broken femur experience in the hope that it will give some of you encouragement.I broke my left femur in December 2003 at the age of 58. I slipped on a wet floor (was scrubbing the kitchen at home), called 911 and they took me via ambulance to the local hospital. About 72 hours later I had surgery, had a rod and screws placed and spent the next 4 days as an inpatient. The hospital PT taught me how to use a walker and how to maneuver steps the day before discharge.I had a physical therapist home visit several times in the next 2 weeks and was walking with a 4 legged cane at that point. The ortho had me begin PT three weeks after the break and I continued Pt 3x a week until the beginning of May. I was off of all pain killers a month before that. The PT was hard but paid big dividends.Fast forward to today. I still have some pain in my left leg but there is virtually nothing I can't do. My entire leg is a little thinner than the other one and I know that the muscles aren't as strong, but it hasn't limited me too much. The hardware is still in place since I did not want a second surgery. Yes, I still have fear of falling again but that is more emotional than physical. It'll never be exactly the same as before, but am pleased with the outcome.
    Abby12 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • My doctor has recommended this same procedure for me. How did it go?I am a 59 year old woman who broke my R femur in 1978, went threw traction for several months and the bone healed bowed and crooked and 2 inches shorter. I lived with it for over 30 years then my knee and back started having problems I was told by 2 doctors that there was no way but to break my femur realign it and insert a titanium rod. I had my femur re- broke on Aug 2, 2013 it's been 6 weeks. I was scared to death the morning I took that long ride to the hospital for the surgery (2.5 hours). Hey it wasn't all that bad, I asked for plenty of pain meds and got morphine shots every 2 hours for the first 3 days. My upper hip has a 2 inch incision and the middle of my thigh has a 3 inch incision and there's a 1/2 incision by my knee, my leg is straight and 2 inches longer after straightening the severe (25% off) bowed leg. I am going to warn you that you might require a blood transfusion I had a blood count of 13.5 before surgery and 7.3 afterwards, I lost some blood but did not require a blood transfusion. I was weak and after 3 days in the hospital I went to a rehab facility for an additional week. I would recommend going to rehab afterwards it made a difference and they had PT there. I am doing fantastic at 6 weeks I am on a cane, yes my thigh still hurts, but I have very good range of motion at my knee, my hip is still stiff. I have been going to PT 3X a week since post op 3 weeks. I am told that I will be walking around the house with no cane by 9 weeks YAY. Its the best thing I ever did and I am going to be pain free and mobile for many years to come. The first 2 weeks are the worst of it.
    femurx2 3 Replies
    • September 16, 2013
    • 04:49 AM
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  • My doctor has recommended this same procedure for me. How did it go?I am a 59 year old woman who broke my R femur in 1978, went threw traction for several months and the bone healed bowed and crooked and 2 inches shorter. I lived with it for over 30 years then my knee and back started having problems I was told by 2 doctors that there was no way but to break my femur realign it and insert a titanium rod. I had my femur re- broke on Aug 2, 2013 it's been 6 weeks. I was scared to death the morning I took that long ride to the hospital for the surgery (2.5 hours).  Hey it wasn't all that bad, I asked for plenty of pain meds and got morphine shots every 2 hours for the first 3 days. My upper hip has a 2 inch incision and the middle of my thigh has a 3 inch incision and there's a 1/2 incision by my knee, my leg is straight and 2 inches longer after straightening the severe (25% off) bowed leg. I am going to warn you that you might require a blood transfusion I had a blood count of 13.5 before surgery and 7.3 afterwards, I lost some blood but did not require a blood transfusion. I was weak and after 3 days in the hospital I went to a rehab facility for an additional week. I would recommend going to rehab afterwards it made a difference and they had PT there. I am doing fantastic at 6 weeks I am on a cane, yes my thigh still hurts, but I have very good range of motion at my knee, my hip is still stiff. I have been going to PT 3X a week since post op 3 weeks. I am told that I will be walking around the house with no cane by 9 weeks YAY. Its the best thing I ever did and I am going to be pain free and mobile for many years to come. The first 2 weeks are the worst of it. 
    femurx2 3 Replies
    • September 16, 2013
    • 04:55 AM
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  • Hi I had my femur rebroken on Aug 2 2013. UPDATE; Its been almost 4 months and I am walking without a cane but I do have a slight to moderate limp and I get tired easy. I have pain at the break site, my IT band is real stiff. I go to PT once a week and work out 2 times a week with a trainer. I have some bad days and some good days, my back also hurts. I am getting something called needling at PT they put needles in the muscles and then add electricity this is in my hip and IT band. It seems to be helping. I hope to be pain free and walking without a limp by January 2014. It's been a rough road. Good luck to everyone!
    femurx2 3 Replies
    • November 25, 2013
    • 04:24 AM
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  • Hi im dean from the philippines. Just had a broken femur over uncontroled speed with my longboard. Im at the hospital right now and its my second day. Today is a friday and im scheduled to have my surgery this tuesday and im just google-ing around so i know what to expect. Im 23 years old and right now the agony kills me as i wait for my surgery day. Im concerned about being conscious while operation and the feeling afterwards. Guys im just scared. I have a low tolerance for pain. Help :( ty.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • January 31, 2014
    • 01:00 PM
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  • I broke both femurs in a near-fatal car accident in 2010. After delayed healing and non-unions with 2 bone graft surgeries (and learning to walk again), I fully healed 2 years later. But the pain come and goes and recently has become severe again. How do I associate that the pain is hardware related or not? Does anyone know? I will be having surgery to get it removed from the problem leg, but x-rays show that nothing's wrong.
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  • I broke my left femur in June 2014, I am 17 years old and I had a titanium rod put in my leg. I was told that the rod would remain in my leg for the rest of my life . But after having my 12 week check up I was told that the rod would be taken out in about a year and a half. Has anyone else had their rod removed? I'm really nervous. Also I've got one of the pins by my hip that is sticking out the bone which causes my hip to pop, does anyone else have this??
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 22, 2014
    • 07:36 PM
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  • I am 26, 2 weeks ago 6/2/15 a lady cut me off and I hit her head on, compound fracturing my femur, had a rod put down the center of my femur and a plate screwed to the outside, I can walk with the aid of crutches, navigate stairs and even drive yesterday 6/16/15. Just curious as to when it is safe to drive regularly, asking for my mom's sake, as I feel fine doing it.
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