Originally Posted by Taters
Geeeez, girl, sorry to hear about that! Good luck! Did the doc think that the replacement had anything to do with the break? It's the slippery rocks that concern me thus far in my brief ik career.
Definitely due to the knee replacement. Would not have fractured the femur if the knee replacement wasn't there. Would have maybe torn a ligament, or just sprained the knee. The process of attaching the knee component to the femur bone weakens it slightly, and because the hardware is firmly cemented in place, there's no give, and the femur breaks above it instead. When I looked up info on supracondylar femur fractures it said it's most common in frail, elderly people with severe osteoporosis, or people with knee replacements. Incidence is like 2% in knee replacement patients I think? What happened to me, is that my good foot slipped, and my bad leg sort of folded and twisted under me, with enough torque to break it.
I'm sure I'll have higher anxiety about slippery rocks when I return to rafting next season. Something I'll have to overcome....just like other things that we learn to overcome with running whitewater. I'll work on strength & balance this fall and winter, and be extra careful. I might wear a knee brace while rafting, not sure yet? Will discuss it with doctor & rehab folks.