ORIF Weber C fracture post op

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Just had surgery Wednesday on the 27th. Now I have so many questions.

I had 8 screws a plate and a suture band through the ligament the doctor told me 10 weeks NWB and off my feet. I understand that plus elevation and ice but from elevating all day my knee is bothering me now is there a better way to elevate my leg? Also I still have staples in my leg I’ll get them removed in 2 weeks. Did anybody else feel as if there plate was pulling on the bone? My family said the reason I feel this is because my bone is healing and is nothing. Anybody ever had that feeling. I try to elevate all day. I have found a comfortable spot when I turn or bend my leg but don’t know if that is doing more harm then good. Any advice will help.

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    How many pillows do you have, I have 4, helps me to wedge one in back of my knee. I'm 12 weeks out, but I'm assuming you are casted, so finding a comfy position slowly is definitely not hurting at all.  It's such piece of mind when we find a position that works. I felt pain where plate is that early on, but not exactly the feeling you describe. My ankle and foot feel weird, tingling, numb, burning suddenly, cold, hot...my point is your ankle/foot are probably going to feel a bunch of tinges for a good while.  Good luck, sucks a whole bunch!

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      Thank you for the help! So this is a normal feeling I am guessing..yeah I hope these 10 weeks go quick as I am very active and spend time with a lot of family so this sucks especially in the summer.

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    Hi, 

    i used a wedge pillow to elevate my leg..worked great and I didn’t have to worry about trying to stack pillows together.  Finding the comfy spot is crucial.   I slept in the couch for weeks because I was able to prop my leg up on the wedge and rest it against the side of the couch it seemed to take some of the pressure off of the splint and later the air cast.  The staples felt weird and If my ankle swelled too much I felt like I could feel the plates.  I’m about 10weeks out from surgery after spending 6 weeks NWB and still get tingles, burning and electrical shock feelings..all normal.   Good luck with recovery and we are all here if you need help

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      Thank you Monique! Found this blog the day after surgery and it’s always great to see people’s success stories just trying to keep my head up high and hope that 10 weeks flys b
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    Hi

    I tried using cushions, pillows etc but ended up buying this off Amazon and its terrific. Eeryone is right, you do get tinglings twitching etc but its all part of the healing process. I'm usually very active too but you just have to think forward to how much better you are going to be once you are back on your feet. I am normally on support crew with a mainline steam locomotive here in the uk and it kills me having to sit around but it wont be for long and I am looking forward to being pain free. Keep going!

    Shirl

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      Thank you Shirley.. I have that wedge as well but still have my moments were I can’t find comfort on it. Exactly what I’m thinking about as well can’t wait to be mobile again.
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      Yes it can be uncomfortable sitting for long periods and getting comfortable. I am looking forward to my 2 week appt on Thursday when I get my stitches out and full cast so I don't need to have my leg elevated any more!

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      No. At th moment I have a half cast which is open down the front and kept on with a bandage just in case of swelling after the op. Tomorrow they will remove this and the stitches and apply an all round cast which will support my foot better. I then have this for a further 4 weeks and can stop elevating my foot.

      Shirl

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    Sometimes I would lay on my non affected side and have pillows between my legs to elevate the injury, or have my leg propped up over the couch, or pile all the pillows under my leg. I would even prop it on the handle of my scooter if it was really bad. It sounds like you’re lacking knee support somewhere. Do you think you need pain medicine to help be more comfortable? Just a thought. As for the plate pulling..I believe you could have that sensation. That was a major reason for my hardware removal 4 weeks ago. I had a great deal of pain and the plate was harder feeling than my bone and I could feel it pulling from bottom to top on the outside of my ankle when I squatted down on my haunches, it was very uncomfortable and hindered my range of motion. Now that it’s gone I feel almost as if it never happened. I waited as close the year as they wanted me to but I counted down the days to have it back out. Best decision I ever made. I had 2 kenalog injections that took care of the pain during that year for about half of the time but they don’t like to give them often. I’d buy it off the black market (j/k but it made a big difference in pain management). Get your healing done and tell them they can have it back smile if you’re able to have it removed. Best of luck it’s a long process so use this site as needed. Very helpful 
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