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Offline ca5566

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Questions on Tibial Plateau Fracture (Second Week)
« on: August 15, 2012, 12:02:57 PM »
Was riding my bmx bike across the pedestrian crossing last week and a van turning in towards my right hit me and i got transported to the ER and got my leg x-ray'd the doctor said there's a crack on the plateau on the right face on my right knee. The van is not travelling very fast probably about 20-30 km/h.  I'm in a backslab cast up to my upper thigh from the bottom of my feet. Went for CT scan 2 days ago as the doctor needs to determine if i need surgery for my leg. So my question is, How long does it take to heal without surgery? I don't feel much pain when i use my hand to feel the area by slightly pressing it. The pain i'd rate it felt like pressing on a bruise. There's also swelling on the area above my kneecap. I am able to lift my leg a little but the pain is there :P the cast is very heavy. Not sure why but i think i sprained my knee as i fell over on my left side over my bicycle. Excuse my poor english/grammar xD

I am able to lift my leg up a little but the pain is there (The cast is heavy xD)

It's not displaced as i touch it it feels normal to me and my x-ray seems normal xD
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Offline maryc

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Re: Questions on Tibial Plateau Fracture (Second Week)
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2012, 08:06:19 PM »
TPFs come in a variety of types - they can be as "simple" as a depressed area of the plateau or as "complex" as both sides of the plateau shattered.  My TPF did not show up on my xray and was only discovered via the CAT scan. I had surgery and they installed a plate to keep everything in place while it healed.

I don't want to discourage you, but this is a serious injury.  Recovery time depends on the injury, your general health, how well you follow the doctor's orders, your diet and a host of other things.  In general most of us have been NWB for 8-12 weeks and then another 3-4 months until we are back to some type of normal.
If you go to the area of the board called the Specialist's Office and then to Bone Breaks around the knee, you will see more posts about TPFs.
Sending healing rays your way
PS - Your English is fine
8/4/07 fell
8/5 diagnosed TPF
8/6 surgery plate and 6 screws
8/12 out of hospital NWM
8/21 staples removed
9/18 OS appt - WBAT with crutches
10/10 - WBAT with cane
10/27 - back to work w/cane
12/26 - no cane, slight limp when tired
1/25/08 - released from PT, no limp
2/3/09 - Released by OS

Offline patoregon

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Re: Questions on Tibial Plateau Fracture (Second Week)
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2012, 04:48:56 AM »
When I went to the ER with a TBF the x-rays showed one fracture. I chose surgery because of the depression in addition to the fracture. Prior to surgery I had a CAT scan, which revealed a second fracture, so I have 2 plates. Perhaps before deciding not to have surgery you need to have additional tests - I hated to think I might have tried to heal without surgery and not even known how much damage there was.
I agree with maryc, recuperation is slow!

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Re: Questions on Tibial Plateau Fracture (Second Week)
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2012, 12:22:59 PM »
I didn't have surgery am now at 12 weeks still nwb