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Offline AbbiEJ

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Removal of snapped tension band - slipped into joint
« on: August 12, 2014, 04:17:13 PM »
I've never posted on here so apologies if this is in the wrong place!

In 2012 I fractured my patella in 2 pieces in a car accident and had surgery to have the figure of 8 wire tension band. My surgeon had told me its the best thing to happen for patella fractures and it would be fine to leave in unless it cause problems in the future. fast forward 2 years and here we are. I started exercising recently (jogging, running etc) and felt a sharp pain in my knee. I was unable to walk or even move it in the slightest without agonising pain. It swelled up to twice the size and I had an emergency xray where I was told by my doctor part of  the wire had broken off due to exercise and slipped into my joint - she would send the Xray to my surgeon and he would take it from there. Yesterday I got a call from the hospital informing me I will undergo surgery tomorrow morning to remove all hardware including the separate piece inside the joint.

I am 20 years old and completely confused. I cannot find online anywhere anyone having to urgently get the wire removed/ it snapping and going into joint. Does anyone know what I am to expect tomorrow? I just feel a little annoyed as I haven't been told anything about the surgery or recovery time. To top it all off I was given a lecture for jogging as I am apparently never supposed to do this after the original operation which I was also never told!

Thanks for any information :)

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Re: Removal of snapped tension band - slipped into joint
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2014, 07:48:00 PM »
Hi Abbie,

Try posting in: http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?board=21.0.

I also had quite some hardware in and mentioned to my OS that I was running. He seemed fine with it so it sounds a bit like CYA (cover your a55) from the OS.

You might also like to try a google search of kneeguru e.g:

site:kneeguru.co.uk snapped wire

Some people in the past have had this issue.

good luck,
Mark
2014:
20 Feb: Comminuted patella fracture, 4 K-wires, Cercalge, Figure of 8
11 Mar: Staples removed Flex 50
22 Apr: Control Xray, flex 80, progress stalled
09 May: MUA: flex 120, 3 weeks CPM
23 Jun: Slow Running, Flex 135
06 Jul: Flex 140
08 Aug: Hardware removed
10 Sep: full flexion

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Re: Removal of snapped tension band - slipped into joint
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2014, 08:18:44 PM »
Also I was thinking that if there is no damage caused by the wire (and they won't know until it is opened since they can't do an MRI with wires in the knee) then this is a routine wire removal and there are many threads about it on the "bone breaks" board. This is a recent one with interesting posts:
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=63286.0

I'm currently only 4 days post "wire removal" myself.

Tomorrow, I suggest you take a list of written questions and insist on talking to the OS before the OP.

p.s. Make sure they remove ALL the hardware and not just the figure of eight (I'm guessing you have 2 k-wires as well).
2014:
20 Feb: Comminuted patella fracture, 4 K-wires, Cercalge, Figure of 8
11 Mar: Staples removed Flex 50
22 Apr: Control Xray, flex 80, progress stalled
09 May: MUA: flex 120, 3 weeks CPM
23 Jun: Slow Running, Flex 135
06 Jul: Flex 140
08 Aug: Hardware removed
10 Sep: full flexion

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Re: Removal of snapped tension band - slipped into joint
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2014, 11:57:04 AM »
Hi Abbie,

How did the operation go?
2014:
20 Feb: Comminuted patella fracture, 4 K-wires, Cercalge, Figure of 8
11 Mar: Staples removed Flex 50
22 Apr: Control Xray, flex 80, progress stalled
09 May: MUA: flex 120, 3 weeks CPM
23 Jun: Slow Running, Flex 135
06 Jul: Flex 140
08 Aug: Hardware removed
10 Sep: full flexion