Paddy Airlie 9:55am Jun 15 2012
I’m a 66-year-old male who broke right tibia (about 4 inches above ankle) / fibula (about 3 inches below knee) on May 12th 2112, with Intramedullary Rod fitted following day. Added complication is that I’m a left-arm amputee (above elbow); consequently, mobility is restricted to wheelchair (left foot and right hand for operation) and single forearm crutch, which must be used on the same side of body as injured leg.
My OS has recommended 20% WB immediately after operating, with suggestion that FWB was permissible if it were the lesser of two evils (e.g., possible loss of balance and falling). Have been doing PT exercise (ankle flexing, knee bending, etc.) from start. I can use the crutch to manoeuvre about the house: taking most of the body weight on the crutch with light weight-bearing on the injured leg, move left leg forward, take fully weight on it and then move crutch/injured leg forward.
Has anyone else had similar experience (leg injury and use of one arm only - opposite side) and have they any tips?
12th May 2112: broke right tibia/fibula (taking photographs!);
13th May 2112: intramedullary rod fitted (tibia – fibula left to look after itself!);
19th May 2112: discharged from hospital, equipped with wheelchair and forearm crutch (was allowed cover distance of approx 30metres in hospital using crutch);
28th May 2112: had 31 staples removed;
31st May 2112: appointment with OS; happy with wound healing and swelling reduction; asked if I was doing some WB; next appointment 28th June (6.5 weeks post-op; hope there’s some sign of bone healing!);
1st June 2112: visit from local physio – she was happy with flexibility and pain levels (relatively mild); also happy with crutch usage (recommended swelling and pain should be guides to overdoing things).