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Trauma spine surgery

On Feb 25th, 2013, I had a freak accident while riding my young horse at the walk. He tripped behind and lost his balance and partly fell on me. I sustained a severely dislocated knee and a L5 burst fracture. I was taken by ambulance to a trauma hospital. When I woke up I learned I had surgery to reduce the dislocated knee and repair the torn quad muscle, etc. A 2nd surgery was performed to repair the L5 burst fracture. On March 18th, the external fixator was removed from my leg and a manipulation under anesthesia was done. After a month in the hospital I spent another week or so in skilled nursing. I am currently now recovery at home and attending PT which is focused on my knee. I am wearing a back brace whenever I am out of bed. I've been told to wear it for a total of 3 months time. Up to this point in time the focus is on my knee injury but I am very concerned and know very little about my back other than I was told I have 5 rods and assorted hardware in my back. I have become very frustrated with both knee and neuro surgeons. I've had one post op appointment with the assistant to the neuro surgeon. Apparently my surgeon had no appointments until sometime in May. Is this a typical doctor/patient scenario?
I did not choose these surgeons and I'm beginning to wonder if I should be getting some 2nd opinions. I'm feeling a bit lost and frustrated not to mention trying to cope with the pain from both injuries.
Any advice or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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