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Re: Your worst kitesurf injury ?

Postby skiting » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:42 am

wind chaser wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:49 am


Yes, this is by far the worst injury ever experienced. Not so much the pain, but the very slow rate of recovery. Sounds like you're recovering much faster. I got 9 screws and a plate. Can only bend 45 for now and not expected to bend 90 until october. No weight on it until 3 months (late December)...2017 Season is over. Can't even go to work till October...bored out of mind. Buddy sent me a melodica so I can kill time making loud obnoxious reggae and blues noise.

best of luck on a quick recovery.
indeed by far worst injury ever experienced... I am bit confused on the recovery times.. I hear a lot of people with tp fractures are much more conservative (no weight for 3 months, like you) but my surgeon is much more aggressive.. he put me on a knee bending machine (CPM) 2 days after surgery (with a 10 degree increase every two days) and actually told me that even two weeks after the surgery I should start putting a bit of weight on my injured leg..and he told me it is ok to drive and fly so I was back at work 1 week post op..he even told me that I might be back in the water in November.. not sure whether he's just an optimistic guy, or whether my fracture is more stable (it did look pretty bad on the xray).. I am hoping I am not doing too much ... and I am not spring chicken either, nearing 50..

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Re: Your worst kitesurf injury ?

Postby wind chaser » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:46 am

Couple questions:
Were you riding boots or straps when you had your injury?
Dr said you can drive and Fly... Which leg is fractured (right or left)?

There was no way my leg would bend after surgery. It took 2 weeks then they put a 45 degree brace on. My quad just started working yesterday. In october I get it changed to 90 deg. I was told that I can't drive for another 3 months.

FYI - the cost of this injury is now at $145,000 (still increasing). I have an HDHP and it sucks.

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Re: Your worst kitesurf injury ?

Postby downunder » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:55 am

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$145,000 ? Wtf?

I've fractured my wrist when snow boarding in Japan, paid $100 as a turist there....

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Re: Your worst kitesurf injury ?

Postby wind chaser » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:15 am

No idea. American health care system. The 145K was for surgery. Avoid an HDHP if you can. It's covering most costs but its bullshit. Still paying several thousand out of pocket.
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Re: Your worst kitesurf injury ?

Postby skiting » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:19 am

man I am really sorry about the crazy cost.. this seems to me no HDHP, it seems like almost no plan at all.. I mean what is the plan paying?

my total costs so far (which I hope the insurance will pay) are still under 20k.. how long was your surgery? i was awake during mine and it lasted about 45 mins..

on the questions, I was wearing straps.. and I think the problem was that I was not able to kick away the board, which caused my knee to rotate during the crash.. I was also not on my usual board (SS vision), but on a Cabrina custom.. which I really like but i think it has streps that are too sticky..the crazy thing is that that day I was landing every jump, and feeling in total control...

and yes I fractured my left leg, that's why I can drive(automatic car) see that's the other thing about my doc.. asked him about braces.. he goes.. nahh you don't need no stinking brace..

only think I wear, which helps a ton with the swelling, is a compression sleeve..

anyway, let's have faith and hope things end up well for both of us!!






wind chaser wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:46 am
Couple questions:
Were you riding boots or straps when you had your injury?
Dr said you can drive and Fly... Which leg is fractured (right or left)?

There was no way my leg would bend after surgery. It took 2 weeks then they put a 45 degree brace on. My quad just started working yesterday. In october I get it changed to 90 deg. I was told that I can't drive for another 3 months.

FYI - the cost of this injury is now at $145,000 (still increasing). I have an HDHP and it sucks.

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Re: Your worst kitesurf injury ?

Postby wind chaser » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:25 am

The HDHP covers most costs but I think out of pocket is $7500.

You were awake when they drilled screws???

I have a 1ft long incision on the right side and 2 inch on the left side. I was out the whole time. Think it took 2hrs.
It seemed like the surgery was worse than the fracture. When I woke up my foot had intense pain for some reason. My leg felt like was rolled over by a truck. They kept me in the hospital for 2 days. Nerves still seem like they're rebuilding.

Idk about these Drs. Seems like it was excessive to me. Maybe he put so many screws in to make it stronger.

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Re: Your worst kitesurf injury ?

Postby longwhitecloud » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:46 am

i had one of 7 screws out today in my ankle - another 6 months to the rest of the metal work out.

Mental health is a way bigger deal than injury pain for an addicted kiter used to years of non stop buzz in long term injuries.

I learned you need to replace that kite buzz, don't under estimate this - it's not easy but find things you can do that's regular, both social and physical - don't let your brain go on at you about what you really want to be doing - eg back kiting sooner than is possible. Force your brain to think about things you can do (eg swimming /isolated injury gym exercise) at the time, not can't do - your brain will tell you they are boring compared to kiting and so try and demotivate you from doing them as they don't have as much buzz as kiting, or that you won't be able to kite again - fight this..

b careful getting into swimming before stitches have fully healed due to infection risk

any other good ideas for exercise things to do? i cant swim for a month from today after swimming most days of the last 3 months. :-(


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