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Comment : Our injuries are similar
Posted by Diane_M on Wed 2:58am 15 September 2004


Annette -

I broke my ankle in 3 places on 8/14 and had surgery with HW on 8/15. I did my fair share of screaming and crying in the ER, so they put me on the morphine drip fairly quickly. I'm worried about you and your cast. I had to have them practically tear apart my original cast about 10 hours after surgery because the swelling inside was unbearable. They put on another one later and upped my morphine dose. I was at an out of town hospital for my surgery, so I saw an OS closer to home for my follow-up care. They took off the hospital cast 10 days post-op to check things out and we discovered that the excessive swelling that I was having had cut off circulation to the skin around my ankle and cause the skin to become necrotic! Four and a half weeks later we are still watching and waiting and hoping the skin will heal (so I don't need skin grafts). My OS still said that there is a chance that it will heal on it's own. You said that you've been having a significant amount of swelling inside of your cast - I'm concerned that you may end up with complications like I have. I think your OS should get in there and take a look - just my opinion (and I'm not even close to being a Dr.!!).

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