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Author Topic: Tarnor - External Tibias - Dr. Xia - 2010 - Rising to the Challenge  (Read 68322 times)
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« Reply #220 on: August 01, 2011, 08:16:57 PM »

Glad to hear you are doing well, Tarnor.  It's great that you can drive yourself now; a step closer to normal life. 

Looking forward to hearing you walking without crutch soon.
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« Reply #221 on: August 07, 2011, 02:07:37 PM »

Glad to know your status bro.

Hopefully you will walk without crutches soon.

Best of luck

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« Reply #222 on: September 07, 2011, 08:43:22 AM »

Best of luck man!

Regards;)
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« Reply #223 on: September 14, 2011, 05:13:16 AM »

Hey Tarnor,

What would you say the pros and cons are for LON method? I find that many doctors still prefer and offer the original external only Ilizarov method rather than LON. From many diaries here it seems to be the obvious fact that LON is much more convenient and superior method than the external only method since it significantly reduces the time you have on with frames, better alignment, etc. If LON method is more superior to the external only method, why is it that many doctors still use externals only? Your opinion and experiences will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Taeyang

I am not really sure what BeiJing will do to insert the rod, but in many other countries even in US, doctors have to split the ligament tend to find the bone (space) to insert the rod and after the bone recovered, they have to split again to take it out.................I am not sure if this will cause any longerm damage in the future for your ligament tendon.
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« Reply #224 on: September 14, 2011, 05:17:24 AM »

hi all,

Tomorrow morning I'm finally flaying home after spending 7.5 months in the hospital. It was a long but successful journey and I have achieved my target of getting over 8 cm.

I'm a little scared of my trip to England, since I never travelled on a wheelchair before and the flight is long (11 hours). However, I have survived all lengthening business so I will survive my trip back as well.

I'm going to carry on my diary, and let you all know about the progress regarding my rehabilitation and ability to go back to normal life, work and fitness activities.

Because it is my last post from Beijing, once again I would like to thank all who supported me on this forum, all my friends from the hospital for being a great company, and all hospital medical staff for a great job.

I wish all my current hospital friends safe and successful journey to get your goals and speed recovery afterwards.
I will miss all of you a lot.

Bye Beijing…. tarnor.



Hi, man how many cm you got?   over 8cm that means......8.5cm or?
If you had the rod in your bones, why still need to stay in hospital for 7.5 months?
Just curious, no offense........

How long did you take off your frames?
If you don't insert the rod to your bone and do for 7cm, how long will it take to remove your frame?
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« Reply #225 on: September 20, 2011, 10:13:08 PM »

Tarnor,

Did the hosptial have a physical therapy program in place to assist you to walk sooner?   Did you see any femur patients while you were in China?  What is it like for them on a daily basis?

Thanks
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« Reply #226 on: December 19, 2011, 07:09:55 AM »

Hey Tarnor how are you doing buddy? You haven't been on this forum in a long time! How are your new legs? Are you fully recovered now would you say? Any complications?
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Hi from Beijing


« Reply #227 on: March 23, 2012, 12:56:02 AM »

Hi everyone,

Firstly, I apologise for not being on the forum for a long time. I was busy with my work and recovery.

It has been 8 months since I left the hospital in Beijing and arrived to England.
At the moment I work full time and walk normal but still slower.

However, I had experience some complications soon after arriving home. The screw in my right tibia was broken and I developed bone infection alongside the rod in the same leg. I couldn't walk, and it was very painful. My leg below the knee was swollen and red.

I was referred by my doctor to the hospital for consultation. It is a modern, teaching hospital and I was seen by an orthopedic surgeon who specialises in trauma and leg lengthening, therefore he has a vast experience in treatment using external fixation.

I was admitted to his ward, he took x rays, blood test and told me that the bone in right leg is fully consolidated and all metal should be removed as soon as possible.
I stayed in the hospital for 5 days, he removed the rod and all nails and took biopsy, which only proved bone infection.

2 weeks later I was admitted to the hospital again for placing antibiotic spacer in the place where the metal rod used to be. Antibiotic was strictly directed towards the bacteria, which was found during biopsy. 4 days later I went home and started taking oral antibiotic called Ciproflxacin 500 mg for 4 weeks.

Since all metal was removed from the tibia I started walking almost immediately, all swelling and pain was gone as well.

At the moment I go to the swimming pool every second evening, do lots of pawer walking and swimming. Also, progressively I increase intensity of my work out in the gym.

Overall, I'm very happy with my new hight, however it took long, long time to recover and I still have a metal rod in the left tibia.

Thanks for reading and all the best to all who are going through lengthening treatment at the moment.


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« Reply #228 on: March 23, 2012, 01:32:39 AM »

Bone infections are nothing to play with. I'm glad it worked out in your favor. Now, just wait for that right leg to consolidate and you'll be good.
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« Reply #229 on: March 23, 2012, 01:50:59 AM »

Holy cra*, an antibiotic spacer? Damn that's intense. Makes me want to stop at 5 cm.

Good luck to you Tarnor!
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« Reply #230 on: March 23, 2012, 02:32:29 AM »

Arche- You and I both know come hell or high water you are not stopping at 5cms!
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Hi from Beijing


« Reply #231 on: April 24, 2012, 10:05:15 PM »

Another update

I had x rays of both legs yesterday. Right tibia is fully consolidated and no infection is present. Left tibia is almost ready for rod removal. I will have it done in local University Hospital in about 3 months.

I can walk normal, no pain at all. I did my first  scuba diving not long ago, I go to the gym and do plenty of swimming. I still can't run but it will come soon I hope.

I think it is a very optimistic post, however it took me long time to recover and get back to my normal activities.

Now, I can truly enjoy my new height.

All the best,
tarnor






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« Reply #232 on: April 24, 2012, 10:57:48 PM »

glad to hear you've turned the corner.  Grin
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« Reply #233 on: May 09, 2012, 12:17:32 AM »

This is one reason why I'm scared to go to beijing. I live  in  the USA and I'm no expert on england's health care system but I beleive you can get care wether your employed or not.If this happened to someone in the USA that person would probably have to go bankrupt from the Dr./hospital  bill.
To do LL in Beijing your going to have to either quit your job or go on medical leave (I beleive max is 6 months). If you quit your job you no longer have health insurance  or have to pay an arm and a leg for COBRA continuation coverage. If you go on medical leave  and your not ready to come back when you run out of time they can terminate you. They can even let you go while your on medical leave. Its not a layoff its "job elimination". I know a few people who had that happen while on leave. So again you lose your health coverage.
Now if you go to Beijing (or any foreign country for that matter) and everything is fine but you have a complication like what was described when you get back home.You either have to crawl to the airport and go back there or go to the nearest hospital  and whatever money you saved overseas will be spent 10 fold for what the local hospital nees to do. I was thinking of contacting teaching hospitals in the USA with this situation  to see if they'd be willing to help me for a reduce fee should something like this happen..... I doubt it.
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« Reply #234 on: May 09, 2012, 01:18:50 AM »

earl24 - That is definitely something to consider. Healthcare or Sickcare in the US leaves a lot to be desired. I'm just going to err on the side of caution with everything I do. Granted, one cannot prepare for every variable in the LL equation but as with everything there are risks involved. Hopefully I'll do my part to mitigate those risks. I guess there really is no good answer you know?
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« Reply #235 on: May 09, 2012, 01:26:52 AM »

earl24 - That is definitely something to consider. Healthcare or Sickcare in the US leaves a lot to be desired. I'm just going to err on the side of caution with everything I do. Granted, one cannot prepare for every variable in the LL equation but as with everything there are risks involved. Hopefully I'll do my part to mitigate those risks. I guess there really is no good answer you know?


I sent several e-mails to various resident clinics/teaching hospitals to see if something could be arranged in a worse case scenario.Didnt get a response  yet.
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« Reply #236 on: June 24, 2012, 07:13:44 PM »

Quote from: luffy link=topic=3811. msg43028#msg43028 date=1303964528
Hi tarnor, I'm sorry about your infection.  I hope you will get rid of it soon.  Right now I'm waiting for Ronne to call me to the consultant.  I will visit you after it.  Hope to see you soon

Luffy

hi Luffy ,


would you mind if i ask Ronne contact number to you? , i need someone i can talk in the hospital coz i'm planning to go for my consultation next month , hope you could give me  thanks, and hope everybody becomehappy after their surgery ,
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« Reply #237 on: June 25, 2012, 05:26:56 AM »

i'm planning on LL surgery in china Jan 2013 and your diary has been very helpful. 

i've been in contact with a dr roger li (md, phd senior consultant) through info@leg-lenthening.  com but i haven't heard much mention of him in any of the diaries.  i want to make sure he's legit and i'm not being scammed.   can you help confirm that he's for real?

thanks
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« Reply #238 on: June 27, 2012, 01:26:32 AM »

Hi Tarnor,

I just read your diary. Wow, what a tough time. I wish you well and hope you finish soon and are well.

I'm wondering if you know if there's a problem if the nail was left in over consolidation. Do you know if it could become a problem getting it out? If so, do you know what could become a problem?

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« Reply #239 on: June 27, 2012, 11:16:19 AM »

Great diary Tarnor. Good inspiration. Hope everything is going well now.
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