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Old 09-24-2016, 03:21 AM
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Broken Leg after Tantrum Crash

I just had surgery today on a tibial plateau fracture I suffered from the perfect crash on a Tantrum last Saturday. I had a solid run going, felt loose and was having fun. A pontoon boat caught up to us and was watching safely from the side. For some reason I didn't wait for the push of the wake and threw it a little early. Came up short and fractured my tibia with my femur! As the boat circled to get me I told my crew that I broke my right leg. (third time I have broke it 1 on a scarecrow and 1 casing a triple motocross) they were like how in the hell do you know this? I said trust me it is broke, taking the binding off was hell even with soap and I had on closed toe bindings. We were about 10 miles from the house, someone made me an ice bag and I told the next person to go ahead and go. After they rode my knee had swollen up like a balloon and someone thought it might be an ACL and I thought most ACL tears did not swell up. Anyway my mother in-law had some left over pain meds so those held me over until I could get home to Kansas City to make an appointment with an ortho specialist.

Luckily my father in-law had crutches at his lake house. I had crutches at home too from the first break, both sets being older I asked my neighbor/friend (who just sold out his half of a medical supplies business to take a higher paying job) if I could borrow some brand new crutches. He had a few pair left in-stock at his house. He came over and saw the damage and asked if I twisted as I landed. I felt like I had so he also thought it was an ACL.

He said I'll be right back and came back with a brand new locking full leg brace! He put it on and locked it to 30 degrees then referred me to the best ortho in the city who is the primary ortho for the KC Chiefs. His clinic was like 2 weeks out on getting me in. He then referred me to what he thought was the next best ortho. He texted a nurse he knew and possibly pulled some strings and got me in for a Wednesday morning appointment. A regular Xray showed I had fractured the top of my tibia into 4 or 5 pieces and it fell about 18 MM lower than normal. He said it would need a plate and screws to give me a full recovery. Then his assistant said I would most likely need a knee replacement in 20-30 years. (I am 34) Then the Dr. said welp I am going on vacation in 10 days starting tomorrow morning. I could have another Dr. at this clinic do it but he is also booked for the next few weeks. My wife works at the The University of Kansas Hospital and asked him if he knew anyone good there. He said that one name stuck out and that he actually does a lot of the tibial plateau fractures. The Dr. picked up his cell phone and called him and left a message and asked to squeeze me in asap.

We left the clinic and drove home. As soon as we got home the clinic called and said we got you in for 9am tomorrow! They also called an imaging center and asked them to squeeze me in for a CT. We got back in the car and drove back down south to get a CT. Then Thursday we get settled in our room and had to wait for 45 minutes for the Dr. well it was worth the wait as the Dr. by the name of Archie Heddings was probably the most compassionate, friendly humorous Dr. I'd ever met, one that did not judge for the type of lifestyle I live. Of course with extreme sports gaining more recognition Drs. are not as judgmental or maybe that is not the word for it. Anyway Dr. Heddings gave a much more refreshing diagnosis the previous Dr. or at least sounded more positive.

He said he has done countless of these surgeries and even had 4 in depth videos he produced covering all the types of tibia plateau fractures, surgeries, recovery and PT. He said that he would tentatively schedule me for surgery for Friday at 11am. Tentatively because he was working in the trauma center and if there was a massive car accident he would be attending to that.

I went to work with my wife and I worked remotely (I am a partner in a marketing agency) and waited for a call from the Docs surgery scheduler. She called an hour and a half before 11 and asked if we could go in now as the previous Surgery yesterday morning was a no show. Dr. said this guy who did not show is freaked out about the surgery he needs. Anyway the OR team was also refreshing and you could tell they love what they do. A lot of them did not know about wakeboarding or surfing! The Dr. thought surfing behind a boat was the coolest. (off topic but it seems comical we run into a handful of people each hear that has never heard about wakesurfing) So they prepped me pretty fast and next thing I know I am in the OR and they are getting everything ready. The surgical tech asked me if it was okay if he put some country music on. I said heck ya. They put the mask on and told me to breath it in at my own pace. I went really slow to feel the ultimate relaxation and right before I knew I was going down and yelled Have Fun Everyone! They laughed and I was out. Woke up with some insane pain and asked for morphine, a little more and a little more. Dr. came let me me know what he did and that my Meniscus was also torn. He fixed that and also transplanted bone tissue from a deceased man. They sent us home with some information to mail the family of the deceased , if we wanted to thank them. I think we certainly will.

The post OP nurse was a joy, she is a fellow lake rat and we talked the whole time about the lake. She said you wakeboarders are so fun. She said I made her week (probably says that to everyone).

Oh I forgot to mention my buddy has an acupuncture practice and he had me in Wed for a treatment he said it would help the swelling. I am always a little iffy on the whole acupuncture thing but I believe in the past his treatments have helped my temporary insomnia. It is actually very relaxing, I have fallen asleep a few times with needles stuck in me. Only thing that sucks is sometimes he will hit a nerve or something you can feel a electrical type of a shock.


Also what is your list of injuries?

Mine now include;

Fracture left collar bone (falling off slide 5y)
Fracture nose (running into a wall running 6y)
Fracture right arm (falling out of tree 11y)
Fracture larynx (motocross 19y)
Fracture right leg fibula (scarecrow 25y)
Fracture right collar bone (mountain biking 28y)
Fracture right tibia and fibula (motocross 29)
Fracture right tibia and torn meniscus (Tantrum 34)

Wish none of these happened but I guess you tend to pay for the things you love.

I believe I am going to slow it down a bit on the wakeboarding and surf more.

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Old 09-24-2016, 04:03 AM
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Hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:00 AM
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Dude... pm me.. we can commiserate :-) I had the exact same surgery due to an injury 3 months ago... after you get home, you should be good to go with pain, but the walking process sucks.. I'm 3 months in and still am not full weight bearing. Its amazing how much muscles atrophy when not being used. I had a grade 5 tibia plateau fracture, torn MCL, dislocated knee on my left leg. I have the same brace... lol 30 stitches, and 9 permanent screws and a titanium plate.

Surprised the incision is that far up.. mine starts mid shin and goes to the top of the knee. Mine was broke from mid tibia thrush the middle of the knee.

Sleep... keep it cool in the room and a few Tylenol helped each night. BTW I was on both versions of oxy for about 2 weeks after the surgery. They need to get u something stronger than percoset IMO if u are good with it.

I wish u a speedy and healthy recovery. It is a freak accident. Please do take PT seriously :-) though. I might try the acupuncture as I'm having a fair amount of tendon pain as get to full weight bearing. Let me know how that goes for you.

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Old 09-24-2016, 10:11 AM
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holy cow ... sounds bad ... speedy recovery

so i really like these types of things from a mechanical perspective ... there are some incredible youtube videos on how they do the surgery
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Old 09-24-2016, 10:37 AM
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speedy recovery - I guess you have broken enough bones not to fear it
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Old 09-24-2016, 10:45 AM
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Unplanned downtime is the worst!!! Looks like with a few more pints of pain killer you'll be healed up in no time!!!
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:44 PM
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Awesome story. Sucks you destroyed your leg
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Old 09-25-2016, 01:15 AM
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Sorry to hear this, going for speedy recovery for you.
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Old 09-26-2016, 12:58 PM
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Wow I'm gonna have to watch what I'm complaining about. I twisted my ankle in a Jiujitsu match on 4th of July and thought I had it bad. Then I got tennis elbow, and I don't even play tennis!

Have a speedy recovery!! Maybe you can take your Dr for a surf next season!
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:32 PM
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After reading your list of injuries your username makes much more sense. Best of luck on a speedy recovery!
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