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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: Intramedullary Rod "Tibia"

 cannon - Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:25 am

Ive recently had surgery on my right tibia to repair a fracture.
I got the chance to see the x rays and could see that the rod had not been placed all the way into the bone. At the top of the tibia the im rod is protruding by 10mm / 1cm. I`m not a doctor but logic tells me thats not right.
I have trouble straighting my leg fully ( in fact its not possible)
Could someone help me please, so i know if this is indeed a mistake.

Many thanks,

 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:04 pm

User avatar Hello,
An IM rod intended to fix and stabilize a fractured tibial shaft fracture should not protrude into the knee joint...unless for some reason, the knee was immobilized and not expected to move.

Consult your orthopedist as the rod may be slipping cranially into the knee joint space.

Take care.


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