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March 28th, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

Finally got around to taking photos of my x-rays from Hanscom. As you can see, the surgeons had to re-align the head of the femur before screwing the three titanium screws into my leg.

Adrienne says the procedure can be done with minimally invasive techniques, using only a small incision to achieve correct results. This is called ORIF (open reduction internal fixation), and is the reason why a cast was not necessary.

The procedure is typically begun by using a power drill to create a path for the screws. The orthopedic surgeon then manually puts the screws in place with a screwdriver. The surgeon typically asks the x-ray technician to periodically check the alignment of the joint with x-ray photos. After the screws have been inserted and the alignment is deemed correct, the incision is sealed with stitches at the deep layers and is superficially closed with staples.

The staples were removed 10 days post-op with a fancy medical version of a staple remover.

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  1. David Bergunder
    March 28th, 2006 at 12:06 | #1

    Man that still doesn’t look right. How does one go about recovering from a break like that anyway (Im assuming the screws are permanent)? Are you seeing a physical therapist every other day? Whats involved? Questions.. questions… Good luck man!

  2. March 28th, 2006 at 16:20 | #2

    Basically, one can only wait for the bone to heal. Usually it takes 8 to 12 weeks before any weight can be put on the leg. Yes, the screws are permanent. I see a physical therapist 3 days a week. Right now we’re stll trying to get the rest of my leg working again. I only have minimal movement in the hip right now, but it should come back slowly.

  3. March 30th, 2006 at 10:54 | #3

    You seem to be adjusting very well. It’s a generous thing that you’re maintaining the site. I’m sure other, future marines will benefit from your viewpoints. Hang in there.

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