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My History / Re: Hey All From a Symes
« on: October 31, 2009, 03:57:38 PM »
I did it! Thanks to all the folks who replied, but after a lot of soul searching and long discussions late into the night, I decided to pull the trigger. I had the Ertl procedure done in OKC at OU Med, and so far couldn't be happier.

It is swollen, but not bad. The biggest surprise though? My stump is actually warm for a change! My old stump, which was quite long, was always cold and at least two or three degrees cooler than the regular limb. The pain is not near what they told me it would be, and is very manageable. I opted out of the epidural, but did elect to have a hip block done, which bought me about 12 hours of general post-surgical relief.

So, now i'm just hanging out waiting for the stitches to come out and am doing some range of motion exercises. Thats all for now!  ;D

My History / Re: Hey All From a Symes
« on: September 14, 2009, 08:39:41 PM »
Ok, so I took a road trip to OKC and had a great chat with Dr. Ertl. After waiting almost an hour we took new x-rays which was an adventure in itself. I had never seen an x-ray with my prosthesis on, and it was very interesting! I figured I hadn't had an x-ray of any kind in about 10-11 years. My stump had changed so much I thought I was looking at someone elses! The end of my stump is very pointed and wedged shaped, so that explained a lot of the pain I was having in certain places. So when Dr. Ertl came in he explained just about every option for me under the sun and he spent just about an hour in the room with us! I had never heard of any surgeon doing that, much less an orthopod. He was very informative, actually asked questions about me and my life outside, it was like he actually cared!

So, long story even longer, we're about 90% sure we're going to get the surgery for the Ertl procedure. I'm just checking with insurance, work, etc to make sure everything lines up. Its still a ways away, but I'll keep you posted. Thanks again for all the posts!

General Discussion / Re: Trike is finished and I'm ridin' !!!
« on: September 08, 2009, 11:36:15 AM »
Bikes are never really finished, you just have to triage what gets swapped out and when!

General Discussion / Re: Trike is finished and I'm ridin' !!!
« on: September 07, 2009, 09:15:59 PM »
Nice job! Did you fabricate that all yourself? How does it ride?

My History / Re: Hey All From a Symes
« on: September 07, 2009, 09:03:49 PM »
Thats great information! I'm sorry to sound like a broken record, but its so nice to talk to someone who actually has it. I'm glad to see that you have to carry items on a regular basis and don't have any trouble with it. I have to wear my prosthesis for 12-18 hours occasionally now so that makes me feel better. My SCBA airpack runs about 45 pounds or so and my SCUBA equipment is about 60, so I need something pretty beefy.

Post-surgery what did you do to help shrink your stump? First time around all I had was a shrinker sock. Where are the most common places for blisters for you? Folliculitis (sp) really bugs me to the point I shave around my knee, does that go away with the silicon liner?

Just wondering. Thanks again!

My History / Re: Hey All From a Symes
« on: September 06, 2009, 07:55:32 PM »
Thanks! I'm suprised to run into a Ertl person already! I'm taking a trip to Oklahoma City this week to meet with Dr William Ertl and hopefully he'll have some more information. But in the mean time, they say that I'll have to be off the stump and unable to be fitted with a prosthesis until 6-8 weeks post surgery. Is that really true?  And also, I was able to hold a BK prosthesis last week and it seems awfully heavy, do you have good control over it? Are you really able to bear some weight on it?

I'll try and be easy with the questions! Thanks for posting!

My History / Hey All From a Symes
« on: September 06, 2009, 01:13:09 PM »
Hey there everyone, I've been lurking on this site for a little while now and decided to register finally. I was involved in a motorcycle accident in 1997 and have a Symes amputation. I'm a firefighter/paramedic and have had great success so far as long as I stay on top of my stump shrinking throughout the day. Normally a Symes means one can bear weight on the distal end of the stump, but I cannot. My medial malleolus has a notch on it that hurts like a bugger, and my heel pad has rotated posteriorly, so I add socks to keep suspended in my prosthesis.  But really outside of that I've been able to do the job I love, so really what more could one want?

Well, now that I have a 2 year old at home, I want to be able to run with her and am getting tired of the blisters and bumps that result from such a long residual limb, so I'm thinking about getting the Ertl procedure done. I see that several of you have had it, and I'm yet to read anything bad about it. So if anyone has any thoughts on it, I'm all ears!

Anyway, looking forward to posting and getting to know you all! Have a great holiday weekend!

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