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Feedback about surgery involving screws and plates - February 12, 2013, 07:50 AM

Hey guys!

I was wondering if you wanted to share some experience about surgery, more precisely involving screws and plates, and how you got back to riding.

My surgery is tomorrow morning and I'm terrified!!!!

Seriously, how long after the surgery can I hope riding? Not running, dance salsa or whatever, but just to be able to take real turns getting off the bike and use a bit of rear break?

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February 12, 2013, 08:09 AM

Take it slow, I have titanium screws in my knee....if you rush it you will f yourself up for life. I have broken both ankles and opted to not have surgery (no insurance) and every morning I have to soak them for 15 minutes in hot water to loosen them up to even been able to walk without pain.
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February 12, 2013, 08:09 AM

I think quite a few ppl on this board have screws and plates somewhere. I'm fortunate enough to not be one of them. I think it's Von who's like the 6 million dollar man, more machine than human...
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February 12, 2013, 08:26 AM

I have two screws in my ankle.

Do your therapy etc, stay off it, dont rush things.

I'd say this summer is probably out of the question, maybe some fall riding though. I had a metal robot leg thing for a couple months. Be careful when you do get on, youll be applying pressure to a joint that hasn't had any for months.

take your time.

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February 12, 2013, 08:31 AM

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I have titanium screws in my knee....
WTF???????????

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I have broken both ankles
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat???????????????

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every morning I have to soak them for 15 minutes in hot water to loosen them up to even been able to walk without pain.
Awwwwwwwwww naaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwww

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Opted to not have surgery (no insurance).
I have insurance that pays for everything apparently so I just worry about meds co-pay, $10 and that's it (I'm almost ashamed). They said surgery, so I was just like "aight" LOL

So you even still ride off road, damn you're a boss.


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February 12, 2013, 08:42 AM

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I'd say this summer is probably out of the question, maybe some fall riding though.
ETERNITY my friend ...

Why so long? Tell me! This joint stuff? I thought cast business was just about four weeks.
By the way I feel very dis-informed...

You had the screws taken off? I was told they'd remove my stuff in a year. So grosssssssssssssss


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February 12, 2013, 08:48 AM

I was told they'd remove them. I still have them in. I have to go through another brocedure to get htem out. I wont do it unless its necessary. I feel some pain in the cold, but I just deal with it. It's not crippling pain, I just know theyre there sometimes.

you need to think big picture. doing shit too early will have consequences. listen to your doctor. Also, consider your age, you wont heal like you did at 16

Ive had casts in summer time several years, you just gotta deal with it. If I cut my casts off like other people I know, I wouldn't be able to do the stuff I do today.

You'll be ok, you probably have a good doctor. He will advise you. Listen to him before anyone on a message forum. That's why he gets paid the big bucks.

Other than the pain immediately after surgery, it's the whole "being lame" part that is really tough to handle. Hang out with friends, dont drink too much. Dont be a shut-in. All of that is easy to fall into when you are bed ridden, or at least unable to do 95% of the shit you used to do. stay strong. Lots of luck.

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February 12, 2013, 09:00 AM

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So you even still ride off road, damn you're a boss.
Not a boss just too stubborn to give up......although Myself and my family already know that I will probably be in a chair by the time I hit 55 or so....price one pays for being dumb I guess.
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February 12, 2013, 09:12 AM

did anyone mention what happens when the body rejects the metal?
maybe we shouldn't talk about it in front of her...

girl, you'll be fine, they'll cut in, drill into your bones, put a piece of titanium with some screws, I'm assuming phillips heads not flat, use a needle and rope to saw your muscles and skin back up and you'll be fine.

I'd be more worried about the physical therapy


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Hey guys!

I was wondering if you wanted to share some experience about surgery, more precisely involving screws and plates, and how you got back to riding.

My surgery is tomorrow morning and I'm terrified!!!!

Seriously, how long after the surgery can I hope riding? Not running, dance salsa or whatever, but just to be able to take real turns getting off the bike and use a bit of rear break?

Thank you!



That doesn't seem too bad

Mine was a bit more complicated, 32 screws in the leg with the longest plate made at the time, 3 more in the ankle, and a few bolts in the hip... Wheelchaired for 6 months I think, seemed like forever, then walker, moved to crutches. Eventually, slow paced walking stopping to rest every 50 feet at first.

Seemed like an eternity before attempting to ride. 1st time lasted only 20 minutes before turning around, race boots wasn't kind and still isn't today.

You could probably make an attempt to ride when you're able to walk quite a distance and/or bear full weight on it. Easy cruising keeping in mind that if you have to put a foot down...use the other good leg!

Good Luck with surgery and hope you get a great PT to help you back on your feet. No Pain No Gain...


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February 12, 2013, 01:22 PM

Ive got screws in my knee, and screws and a plate in my neck... You will be fine.. Just do as the doc says and DO NOT CHEAT ON YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPY!!! I am going through PT right now for my 7th operation on my knee and the doc says i am looking at knee replacement soon, so I am doing everything I can to stave that off for a few more years. PT SUCKS, but it can mean the difference between a successful surgery or one that leaves you more screwed up. Do your exercises at home, and don't try to be a hero and power through pain.. listen to your body. It should hurt a little, but you will start to know the difference between the "good" pain and the "bad".. Dont want to scare you.. you will be fine, just listen to your body and don't rush it.


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February 12, 2013, 01:43 PM

My mother fell down a barn stairway to the hayloft and snapped her ankle. I believe she got 3 screws in the ankle and a little bar after the accident. She was about 55 when it happened so the injury took a while to heal, also she's diabetic so that contributes. Just take it really easy for a year before you go nuts. But you'll probably be able to ride sooner than that.


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February 12, 2013, 01:45 PM

Didnt brad have this surgery after his foot got caught between the road and his footpeg?


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February 12, 2013, 01:56 PM

main this is get to your therapy and stick with it you will be back to good in no time, riding by time its 80 degrees
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