The two surgeries are reconstructive procedures for the nonunion scapula fractures (shattered unhealed scapula I have). The surgeon has done many of these types of surgeries involving complications of scapular fractures, nonunions, malunions, delayed treatments, etc.
The current proposed plan is a 2 stage surgery. The first will involve cleaning out the nonunion site and obtaining bone and soft tissue cultures to be sent for bacterial analysis. He will then place antibiotic beads and then after 5 days in the hospital he will then do the grafting procedure from the iliac crest (pelvis). Waiting that duratino insures a steril environment for him to perform the bone grafting procedure and place the foreign body implants. The second surgery also includes correction of the instability and the malalignment of my shoulder blade. Stainless steel plates and screws will be used in addition to the bone grafting.
The track record for these surgeries is well documented in the literature, of clinical research coming from his practice. He feels the outcome is estimated to be between good and excellent regarding this injury.
Afterwards there will be about 3 months or so of Physical and Occupational Therapy.
I am looking forward to having use back of my right arm with full range of motion. I am looking forward to managing this ongoing debilitating pain and miserable aura.
Godspeed to the hands of the surgeon and his whole team that are making this possible. Godspeed to my husband who will be by my side throughout this ordeal. We have to travel out of the State as Michigan - as Michigan State does not have any surgeons who do this specialized procedure. The kids are already getting anxious and prepared. Rick and I are stilll trying to wrap up loose ends before we have to go.
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Caren Robinson - Polytrauma Survivor
(Note: The picture on this post is the actual hospital where I will be having my surgery. They implement several safety steps during the surgery process - this is very encouraging to me)