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  1. #1826
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    Keep positive, take PT seriously

    I sustained a TPF in March 2017 at Snowbird. It was, according to my doctor, a 6.5! I had an external fixator applied at the Intermountain hospital. A week later I flew back to Boston and had to wait another two weeks for surgery because it took that long for the swelling to go down. I had to purchase an entire row on Delta. It was the flight from hell.

    My doctor was the head of orthopedic trauma surgery at Beth Israel Hospital. He installed two plates and 20 screws during a 2.5 hour operation. Unfortunately I had some complications that made my recovery a bit of a nightmare. The long and the short of it is that I sustained two infections afterwards plus a blood clot. This slowed my recovery significantly. The first infection almost caused them to take one of the two plates out. My doctor said that he really didn't want to do that because my bone would not heal straight and would adversely affect me going forward. But the infection was bad enough to consider it. Fortunately the infectious disease team at the hospital got it under control. I took several weeks of two types of intravenous antibiotics. I had a pic line in my arm to administer them at home once a day. After that I took antibiotics in pill form for another 6 months! The blood clot was controlled with three months of a very expensive drug. In all I spent 17 nights in the hospital between Utah and Boston.

    After about ten weeks I was able to put half weight on my leg. I began physical therapy and worked my butt off for 5 months to get my leg strength back. By the fall I was hiking moderate hills and feeling encouraged. But my leg kept swelling badly every day with significant edema on the inside portion of my leg. But I still thought I was on track to ski during the 17/18 season. I had both plates removed in late November 2017 because of the swelling which I felt was due to irritation from the plates. But because a lot of bone had grown over the plates, the surgery was more complex than anticipated. The recovery was also much longer than I had been led to believe. My goal of skiing that season was put on the shelf. It never happened.

    During 2018 I continued to work out regularly to build up the muscles. This all led to me being able to ski during this season. Admittedly I'm not back to where I was before the accident. My knee gets sore and my strength is not 100% yet. But I've been told that it could take 3 full years to recover fully. I'm hopeful that I will get there. I did take another trip back to Utah this year and skied Atla and Snowbird for 6 straight days. I can't hit the steeps quite like I used to yet but I did do them. The first three days where better than the last three. My leg got progressively sore.

    I was told by some that I may not be able to ski again but I never believed it. I didn't want to. So I worked as hard as possible to get my strength back and prove them wrong. I'm 60 years old and have been skiing for 45 years. I plan on skiing for at least another 20!

    My message is to never give up! Think positive and take PT seriously.

  2. #1827
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    Damn. Good story CarlB! I know the flight from hell, one of the worst feelings.

    Timely bump too, just got back from my 2 week follow up, surgeon is happy that everything is aligning properly and looking good. Stitches are out and I got my first look at my new hardware -
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    5 more weeks til my next appointment. No weight bearing or knee movement at all until then. Guess Iíll have time to catch up on that office work I keep putting off...

  3. #1828
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    Update bump - just back from my final surgeons appointment yesterday after 4 loooong months since surgery. Been doing PT 3 times a week for the past month, plus all the exercises at home. Fully cleared to bike, hike, and ski. Doctor was very pleased with the final xrays and my progress.

    I wasnít full weight bearing til about 11-12 weeks. Off crutches now but using a cane for rough terrain. Been using the bike trainer for about a month, canít wait to get back on some (mellow) trails. And back in the woods for some hikes.

    Doc says I could take the hardware out in 6 months if i want, but only if itís really bothering me. Then Iíd be a month recovery. Tough decision.


    Long story short, tibial plateau fracture, type 5 on their weird scale of 1-6, ďmajor traumaĒ says the surgeons and doctors. Overall, not a fun experience, but Iím at the tail end and it feels damn good.

    Itís absolutely insane how your entire life can change in a second. 41 years young, lots more time to explore.

  4. #1829
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    Quote Originally Posted by t-the-east View Post
    Update bump - just back from my final surgeons appointment yesterday after 4 loooong months since surgery. Been doing PT 3 times a week for the past month, plus all the exercises at home. Fully cleared to bike, hike, and ski. Doctor was very pleased with the final xrays and my progress.

    I wasnít full weight bearing til about 11-12 weeks. Off crutches now but using a cane for rough terrain. Been using the bike trainer for about a month, canít wait to get back on some (mellow) trails. And back in the woods for some hikes.

    Doc says I could take the hardware out in 6 months if i want, but only if itís really bothering me. Then Iíd be a month recovery. Tough decision.


    Long story short, tibial plateau fracture, type 5 on their weird scale of 1-6, ďmajor traumaĒ says the surgeons and doctors. Overall, not a fun experience, but Iím at the tail end and it feels damn good.

    Itís absolutely insane how your entire life can change in a second. 41 years young, lots more time to explore.
    Cheers to the next 41 years. Live it up.

  5. #1830
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goniff View Post
    Cheers to the next 41 years. Live it up.
    Thanks Goniff! Maybe we can even take a few runs next time your in my neck of the woods again!

  6. #1831
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    T, glad to hear things are progressing. Keep up the great PT efforts.
    Where do you typically ski in the east?
    Uno mas

  7. #1832
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    Tibial Plateau Fracture Recovery

    Quote Originally Posted by Doremite View Post
    T, glad to hear things are progressing. Keep up the great PT efforts.
    Where do you typically ski in the east?
    Thanks man! I live right outside of Lake Placid, NY so Whiteface is about 15 minutes from my house. Usually there at least a few times a week, weíll see how this season works out. Occasional trips down to Gore as well since my pass works there also.
    Last edited by t-the-east; 07-17-2019 at 08:00 AM.

  8. #1833
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    Didnt know you were on the injured list. Great youre back on the go. Saw this "skills with Phil" yesterday and thought it might be you showing him your zone. Guess not but looks pretty good there


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  9. #1834
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    Quote Originally Posted by grinch View Post
    Didnt know you were on the injured list. Great youre back on the go. Saw this "skills with Phil" yesterday and thought it might be you showing him your zone. Guess not but looks pretty good there


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    Iíve never seen that vid, but know those trails well! The Whiteface gondola served biking can get intense to say the least!

  10. #1835
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    Envy

    Quote Originally Posted by t-the-east View Post
    Update bump - just back from my final surgeons appointment yesterday after 4 loooong months since surgery. Been doing PT 3 times a week for the past month, plus all the exercises at home. Fully cleared to bike, hike, and ski. Doctor was very pleased with the final xrays and my progress.

    I wasnít full weight bearing til about 11-12 weeks. Off crutches now but using a cane for rough terrain. Been using the bike trainer for about a month, canít wait to get back on some (mellow) trails. And back in the woods for some hikes.
    Man I envy you. Mine was a non displaced 2 weeks ago. but suddenly yesterday the outside of my knee started to hurt whenever i tried to laterally raise it, from a lying or standing position. Bent or straight. Im worried.

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