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So I was taking a corner wide to avoid the wet leaves and had to change my line. There was a bit of dry that ran through the leaves. I knew that my chances weren't good but it looked to be my only hope.

Well wish in one hand and s**t in the other and I probably don't hafta say which one filled up.

I knew when I couldn't hardly get on my hands and knees that I had probably broken my hip. Man, sometimes it suks to be right.

Anyway, I had the surgery on thursday, was painfully shuffling around and negotiating stairs friday, walking saturday and home on sunday. All this shuffling and walking is with the aide of a walker.

The broken parts were removed and the new ones replaced all through a 6" incision in the upper front of my thigh. No muscle needed to be cut, just moved out of the way. It's like magic to me.


And if breaking my hip wasn't bad enough, it happened while I was on my new Della Santa with less than 650 miles. Looking at it at the scene of the accident it looked like my hip probably cushioned it's fall, but I really won't know till I'm a little more healed and flexible to get a good look at it.

It looks like it ain't gonna be a banner mileage year.
 

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So I was taking a corner wide to avoid the wet leaves and had to change my line. There was a bit of dry that ran through the leaves. I knew that my chances weren't good but it looked to be my only hope.

Well wish in one hand and s**t in the other and I probably don't hafta say which one filled up.

I knew when I couldn't hardly get on my hands and knees that I had probably broken my hip. Man, sometimes it suks to be right.

Anyway, I had the surgery on thursday, was painfully shuffling around and negotiating stairs friday, walking saturday and home on sunday. All this shuffling and walking is with the aide of a walker.

The broken parts were removed and the new ones replaced all through a 6" incision in the upper front of my thigh. No muscle needed to be cut, just moved out of the way. It's like magic to me.


And if breaking my hip wasn't bad enough, it happened while I was on my new Della Santa with less than 650 miles. Looking at it at the scene of the accident it looked like my hip probably cushioned it's fall, but I really won't know till I'm a little more healed and flexible to get a good look at it.

It looks like it ain't gonna be a banner mileage year.
I understand people appreciate titanium for its smooth ride.

Wow, sorry to hear about the hip. Amazing that they are able to do all that without cutting muscle. That is a huge plus. Hope your recovery goes well!
 

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Wow. Really sorry to hear that! It sux. I crashed last year, broke 3 bones in my back. Very painful. Cracked my CF frame too. Luckily 2 months later I was riding again. Here is hoping you have a fast recovery and are out and about again soon.

Take care of yourself
 

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So I was taking a corner wide to avoid the wet leaves and had to change my line. There was a bit of dry that ran through the leaves. I knew that my chances weren't good but it looked to be my only hope.

Well wish in one hand and s**t in the other and I probably don't hafta say which one filled up.

I knew when I couldn't hardly get on my hands and knees that I had probably broken my hip. Man, sometimes it suks to be right.

Anyway, I had the surgery on thursday, was painfully shuffling around and negotiating stairs friday, walking saturday and home on sunday. All this shuffling and walking is with the aide of a walker.

The broken parts were removed and the new ones replaced all through a 6" incision in the upper front of my thigh. No muscle needed to be cut, just moved out of the way. It's like magic to me.


And if breaking my hip wasn't bad enough, it happened while I was on my new Della Santa with less than 650 miles. Looking at it at the scene of the accident it looked like my hip probably cushioned it's fall, but I really won't know till I'm a little more healed and flexible to get a good look at it.

It looks like it ain't gonna be a banner mileage year.
Sorry to hear that, I hope you recover soon. Keep it up man!
 

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So I was taking a corner wide to avoid the wet leaves and had to change my line. There was a bit of dry that ran through the leaves. I knew that my chances weren't good but it looked to be my only hope.

Well wish in one hand and s**t in the other and I probably don't hafta say which one filled up.

I knew when I couldn't hardly get on my hands and knees that I had probably broken my hip. Man, sometimes it suks to be right.

Anyway, I had the surgery on thursday, was painfully shuffling around and negotiating stairs friday, walking saturday and home on sunday. All this shuffling and walking is with the aide of a walker.

The broken parts were removed and the new ones replaced all through a 6" incision in the upper front of my thigh. No muscle needed to be cut, just moved out of the way. It's like magic to me.


And if breaking my hip wasn't bad enough, it happened while I was on my new Della Santa with less than 650 miles. Looking at it at the scene of the accident it looked like my hip probably cushioned it's fall, but I really won't know till I'm a little more healed and flexible to get a good look at it.

It looks like it ain't gonna be a banner mileage year.
That sucks, but I do pray you have a full and fast recovery with no life long problems.
 

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Thanks for the good words all.

So far all the medical people I've spoke with tell me I should be off the walker and on a cane in 6 weeks minimum, and I honestly feel as I could walk around the house without any artificial support now. But I ain't gonna try.

I've got confidence in the Saw-bones ability and have no fear that I'll face any serious problems.

It does look like my leg may be a skooch longer than it was but I can deal with that. Shux, I already had a funny gate from a fractured pelvis I suffered about 40 years ago.
I'll just hafta raise the seat and shim my left foot, good as new.

But again, Thanks All.
 

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Best of luck with your recovery.
 

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Dude, that is a pretty big deal if your leg is longer than it should be. You seem so nonchalant about it and it is making me actually laugh at a very serious crash. I hope things go well in your recovery.

You guys are all tough. I think I would sit in a corner and cry for weeks after a crash like that...
 

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You guys are all tough. I think I would sit in a corner and cry for weeks after a crash like that...
Nah, you wouldn't do that. You would pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get on with life. I hurt my back two July's ago, I rode my bike like crazy all the way up to November when weather got too nasty, had surgery that December, and was riding my bike in February much against the advice of my doc. But he didn't know it, and I was taking it easy, so I didn't see the harm, and it all healed up great according to the doc, but I still have pain, so what? I keep riding...and so would you.
 

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Dude, that is a pretty big deal if your leg is longer than it should be. You seem so nonchalant about it and it is making me actually laugh at a very serious crash. I hope things go well in your recovery.

You guys are all tough. I think I would sit in a corner and cry for weeks after a crash like that...
Even if it is a big deal, it's done, and I sure ain't planning on gettin' took apart again. I'll limp and maybe other joints will wear at a faster rate, but Life, she's funny like that.

Like Froze said, You just gotta get on with your life. If you sit in a corner and cry for weeks you've lost those weeks, and ain't nobody gonna give 'em back.

I'm glad I could make you laugh, that was my intent. Like it's been said, "laughter is the best medicine".
 

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Hope you have a speedy and uneventful recovery! How's your Della Santa?
Man, thanks for askin'.

Looking at it while waiting for help I saw no obvious damage to the frame. I went down on my right side which put the derailer in the line of fire, so to speak.
The rear derailer was scraped up, but I don't know if it's superficial or new derailer time. The handlebar tape was chewed up but I didn't get a good look at the levers.
I didn't even think to look at the saddle, the chain was still on the chainring so I figure that the front derailer is OK and the pedals have been used on other bikes and they had some wear on them so I don't know what shape they're in.

I'm thinking that when my hip hit the ground the bike just popped off my feet and clattered to a stop without bearing any weight. I'll know more when I tear into it, but that'll hafta wait. My wife hung it on it's hook in the basement, where it belongs, and I'm not going to bother about it till I'm a little more stable on my feet.
 

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Ugh. Brings back bad memories. I fell on my right side, broken femur at the hip. Had a rod inserted in the femur, right leg ended up shorter than the left. Leg length discrepancy is a pain in the ass, not easily fixed with a shim because the angles in your hip are off, making your leg lean in (or out).



So I had the rod taken out, the leg length fixed by cutting the bone, blade plate and screws put in. Here is the rod they took out:



New hardware in:



That worked really well, except residual pain from the plate and screws. So had those removed last week. Here is the stuff they took out:



So if anyone needs some spare titanium parts, I have a few available.
 

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Ugh. Brings back bad memories. I fell on my right side, broken femur at the hip. Had a rod inserted in the femur, right leg ended up shorter than the left. Leg length discrepancy is a pain in the ass, not easily fixed with a shim because the angles in your hip are off, making your leg lean in (or out).



So I had the rod taken out, the leg length fixed by cutting the bone, blade plate and screws put in. Here is the rod they took out:



New hardware in:



That worked really well, except residual pain from the plate and screws. So had those removed last week. Here is the stuff they took out:



So if anyone needs some spare titanium parts, I have a few available.
Dude, that's a lot of surgerys. What about arthritis, has that been an issue yet?

I don't know, I'll be seein' the Saw-bones friday, but I sure don't see myself volunteering for any surgery till I've been on the bike. How much time between the initial repair and the the others. Also, how long before you were back on your feet after those repairs.

But, no matter what any of the answers are, I sure do hope that you've got it sorted out. Best of luck dude, and I sure do mean that.
 

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Accident was July 2011. Four weeks on crutches, then weight bearing slowly added. I kinda knew I was screwed by November, the leg was not working right. Second surgery was February 2012 (needed six months for the bone to fully harden). Then that was three months on crutches, I was back on the bike in June, logging really good miles by September. I found biking for this injury to be incredibly therapeutic - tons of reps at low weight, no impact. By the one year anniversary of the second surgery (February 2013) it was apparent that lingering pain was hardware related, so I just had it out a week ago. Now have a good chance of a 100% recovery.

Arthritis? I was told it was a risk if I didn't get the leg length discrepancy corrected. No signs of arthritis prior to the second surgery, or he said he would have recommended a hip replacement instead.

I feel like I do have it sorted out, it has been a journey. And all because of a five second mishap on the bike.
 

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Accident was July 2011. Four weeks on crutches, then weight bearing slowly added. I kinda knew I was screwed by November, the leg was not working right. Second surgery was February 2012 (needed six months for the bone to fully harden). Then that was three months on crutches, I was back on the bike in June, logging really good miles by September. I found biking for this injury to be incredibly therapeutic - tons of reps at low weight, no impact. By the one year anniversary of the second surgery (February 2013) it was apparent that lingering pain was hardware related, so I just had it out a week ago. Now have a good chance of a 100% recovery.

Arthritis? I was told it was a risk if I didn't get the leg length discrepancy corrected. No signs of arthritis prior to the second surgery, or he said he would have recommended a hip replacement instead.

I feel like I do have it sorted out, it has been a journey. And all because of a five second mishap on the bike.
Arthritis was one of the factors to go with the full replacement, there was already signs of it. That and the ability to go full weight bearing right off the table.

Yeah, it's funny how a seemingly small incident can turn your whole life up-side-down.
Glad you got it sorted out.

Just don't do it again nomore.
 

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Ugh. Brings back bad memories. I fell on my right side, broken femur at the hip. Had a rod inserted in the femur, right leg ended up shorter than the left. Leg length discrepancy is a pain in the ass, not easily fixed with a shim because the angles in your hip are off, making your leg lean in (or out).


So I had the rod taken out, the leg length fixed by cutting the bone, blade plate and screws put in. Here is the rod they took out:


New hardware in:



That worked really well, except residual pain from the plate and screws. So had those removed last week.

So if anyone needs some spare titanium parts, I have a few available.
What would be cool is you have or someday buy a titanium bike, then with zip ties attach the ti rod to the frame as a memento...
 
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