|Here's the pictures of my X-rays from the hockey accident
where I pushed down from behind and slammed into the end boards and broke
my left leg pretty bad. The game was against the Greyhounds on October 25,
1999. I went to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente in Panorama City
and they X-rayed the left leg and gave me some really good drugs.
I got a temporary cast and went home to wait about a week for the operation to set my leg and begin to recover. I needed a week to allow for the swelling to go down enough so that when they opened me up to fix the leg they would be able to close it again!
November 2, 1999 I got operated on and a plate with lot's of screws put in to fix the Fibula and two screws to attach a broken off piece of the Tibia..
The hardware (plate and screws) is a Titanium alloy and is designed to stay in for life if it doesn't bother me. The one really long screw in the plate did indeed come out about a week after the cast came off at six weeks after the operation.
I feel great! The left leg is a little "fuller" or "more tight" feeling if you feel it from the outside. The ankle is a bit thicker than the right leg but that is about it. When I have been on my feet all day and doing physical work (like when I moved recently when I sold my shop building) I felt more tired in the left leg than my right leg. This was only evident after a full day of moving. The doc says I could get the hardware taken out but that would require another operation. There is no downside to keeping the hardware in, so it stays. My ankle and foot are just as strong as the other leg and I really can't tell any difference. It hasn't even been a year yet!
I was back skating about 3 months after the operation and playing hockey at about 3 1/2 months. It wasn't that bad, although I wouldn't recommend it if you've got the choice to avoid it!
Be CAREFUL when you skate hard directly at the boards! They are very unforgiving!
In the above picture you can see the Fibula broken in two places and the Tibia corner broken off. Also notice how the Tibia is offset from the foot!
Ahhhh, back to normal
OK, that's my excuse, what's yours!!