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This is the best forum for ankle issues! So, I had a trimalleolar fracture in early April. I have been reading about others here with the same or similar injuries and I notice that either they have had their surgery right away, or have waited a week or two for the swelling to go down and THEN had their surgery. I see no mention of anyone experiencing the External Fixator.
I wish I had had a choice. In the hospital no clear explanation was given. I was told I had a traumatic injury that would need two surgeries to repair, the first being that evening. Silly me imagined they would go in, do something to the ankle, close it up and cast me, and then I would need a further surgery in the future. Oh no, not at all. I awoke alone in my room (I was admitted) in the wee hours of the morning ( even tho I broke my ankle at noon an operating room was not available until midnight) to find my leg was attached to the most horrible contraption I had ever seen. Or felt. Somehow two metal rods were drilled into my shin bone, and there was this big metal contraption attached, and another metal bar was straight through my heel. It was crazy.
I called for the nurse and this is when I found out the crazy thing was to get the swelling down so I could have surgery sooner, and that no pain med ever was going to touch the pain of having the thing on me. It was like a shark was attached by its teeth and I could not get it off. Three full days of that thing, where my blood and bone marrow leaked out of the areas where the bars went into my bones and pooled on the pillows, and of the worst pain of my life.
Three days later, on my birthday, it was removed and I had the ORIF surgery. 10 screws and two plates.
Here is my deal. My ankle, six weeks out from ORIF, is hardly my problem. My heel and my shin bone are the most painful things, as well as the top of my foot. I believe that recovering from the External Fixator is much worse than recovery from the surgery itself! And I'm very upset, after reading so much, that I was not given a choice about having that horrid, medieval torture device placed on me.
Has anyone else experienced this??
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