Elbow Injury update. Interested in thoughts and perspectives from those who have had similar injuries.

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    Feb 08, 2013 4:20 PM GMT
    OK. I just got back from the ortho doc appointment. The news was much worse than I expected.

    Apparently the fracture was much worse than I had been told in the ER and by my family doc. The referral to the surgeon should have been made by the ER back in December.

    According to the doc, it's a radial head fracture and is actual split into three or four pieces and there is one piece of bone fragment floating around. I should have had surgery in December to repair the fracture. Since it's 7 weeks out, it's too late for that surgery.

    So, my options now are:

    1) Leave it alone. It isn't going to heal and I will never get any more range of motion back and will always have pain.

    2) Have a complete radial head replacement. It will ease the pain. I might gain some more mobility.

    Either way, he doesn't think I will ever be able to lift weights in the gym again.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience. I know I will have to decide for myself, but if anyone else has had to make a similar decision, I could use some advice.

    Also, I am wondering if I can sue the ER doc for malpractice? - But that may just be because I'm pissed.

    Thanks
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    Feb 08, 2013 4:51 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear your condition.

    Did you asked the doctor about the long term effects if you choose to leave it alone? or
    any complications of surgery & it's long term effects?

    Better take a 2nd opinion from another doctor...
    In India people usually do that...in situations like yours


    Do some research on the internet...if you are lucky you may find something helpful!
  • LJay

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    Feb 08, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    Damn! Very sorry to hear that. I had suspicions.

    Considering your age and your level of motivation, if I were in your shoes, I would go for the greatest recovery possible. Dealing with long term pain has some heavy consequences that are not good. Your fap hand is important!

    Getting a second or third opinion is not a bad idea. You are looking at some tough surgery and rehab. One thing you might investigate is an orthopedist who deals with sports injuries. He may have a different outlook on rehab.

    Good luck dealing with some very hard decisions.

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    Feb 08, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    Didn't you had XRay done in ER ?

    Yes, google around for people having experienced similar problem., and go for a second opinion, fast.

    You should consider suing if it's malpractice and you can prove it.
  • monet

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    Feb 08, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    Get second and third opinions. The bone frag should easily be able to be removed via arthroscopic surgery and the radial head should be able to be repaired by harvesting bone elsewhere in the body (pelvis probably). Ask for a referral to a teaching hospital.
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    Feb 08, 2013 11:17 PM GMT
    Yes, had an X-ray in the ER, just said fractured, told me to buy a sling and have another X-ray in 4 weeks. Neither the ER nor my PCP referred me to an orthopedist. I had to demand it.

    This doc is a highly recommended sports medicine doc.

    Thanks for the responses.
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    Feb 08, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    (HUG) be strong, and switch in fighting mode to get this fixed.
    Always wanking with the same hand is too boring.
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    Feb 09, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
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    I'm sorry, John.

    I would consult a lawyer. Their fuck up will effect your mobility and your future.
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    Feb 09, 2013 1:25 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear about this situaiton, man. Get a second opinion by all means!
  • thadjock

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    Feb 09, 2013 1:57 AM GMT
    i had a radius head fracture about 7 yrs ago ( motorcycle ) but it was a compression fracture and wasn't displaced like yours sounds.

    I walked around with it broken for 2 wks b4 i had it x-rayed had a huge bloody bruise on the inside of my arm, i thought it was just a really bad sprain. the bruise turned out to be a good thing, it meant that the sack around the joint had ruptured, and it bled out on it's own, if it doesn't they have to go in and drain it.

    my options were:
    a) surgery, pins, 6 wks in a hard cast, 6 mos physical therapy. couldn't predict final range of motion.

    b) Or I could do nothing, baby it, continue to use it and go to physical therapy. I had no grip strength in that hand and could only straighten it out about 90 deg. after about a month i had 75% back and it really took about a year before i felt comfortable stressing it like i normally do, but i got full range of motion and now I never even think about it, it's good as it ever was.

    do your homework, and find the VERY best ortho surgeon you can, I had the best doc, a personal friend of the family who told me the truth and didn't try to sell me on procedures i didn't need. I would rank the joint replacement as a radical last resort in concept. but maybe you're at that point. do not accept what one doctor tells you is your fate. some ortho-jocks are assembly line joint replacement specialists , and if you do indeed need a new joint there the ones you want but they will steer you in that direction cuz that's their go to solution for everything..
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    Feb 09, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    I could have had the surgery pins if I had been referred several weeks ago.

    Thanks for the comments. I do appreciate the perspectives.
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    Dec 28, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
    I guess I failed to update this.

    I had a radial head replacement during spring break. I still can't fully straighten my elbow, but it is much better.
  • thadjock

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    Dec 29, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
    TheQuest saidI guess I failed to update this.

    I had a radial head replacement during spring break. I still can't fully straighten my elbow, but it is much better.


    glad to hear your situation is improved, i guess if you're relatively pain free and have significant range of motion that would be considered a big win.

    sometimes i get pissed when i have a knee that swells or gets sore from running too much, but having a dad in the military keeps it in perspective, he's always got a story about some guy just 19 or 20yo who lost a leg or arm from an IED, and i feel like a baby for whining about my knee.

    hope you continue to get healthy.