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Flexible rod removal for a 12-year-old with a femoral fracture?
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S_schell posted:
My daughter broke her femur this past September. She was taken by ambulance to Harborview in Seattle. The morning following the break, her femur was surgically repaired with flexible rods and pins. We were told that in 9 months (or so) time, to schedule to have the rods removed.

Break has healed nicely and have had 2 follow-up x-rays during her office visits since the break.

After the ordeal of the break, my daughter is very nervous about another surgery. What can we expect for a surgery like this as far as recovery goes?
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emilyc26 responded:
I have had this surgery myself. It is outpatient and goes fast. The hardest part for me was the physical therapy. After they remove the rods she will still have to wear her brace for a little while until she gains back the muscle in her leg then she will be able to remove it. The recovery goes by a lot faster after the rods are removed. Trust me she will be fine!
 
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Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
How old is your daughter?

Did she have the rod removed yet? How did it go?
~Louise
 
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S_schell replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
She is 13. She had the surgery just over a month ago. We returned to the same hospital and the same surgeon performed the procedure...Dr. Dunbar...very nice man. In at 6, out by noon. She was ill from the anesthesia and was pretty sore, but other than that, by the end of the following day, she was up and around. He cleaned up the rods and now she has a little souvenir...gotta love kids! :) Docs said no running or jumping for 3 weeks, no high-impact activity for 6.
Had a follow-up and everything looks great! Hard to believe a year ago we were just getting it repaired...amazing.
 
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Amelia_WebMD_Staff replied to S_schell's response:
That is great news! I wish the best for your daughter and hope that she has a pleasant road to recovery.

By the way, did she make anything out the rod? My sister had multiple hip surgeries and used her metal pieces as a key chain for years! It was always a great conversation starter. Best wishes to you and your family :)

-Amelia


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