THE STORY OF ANDRZEJ – TIBIAL PSEUDOARTHROSIS, BONE INFECTION

Andrzej had a serious traffic accident. His motorbike collided with a passenger car. As a result of the hit, he suffered a multiorgan injury in the form of intracranial bleeding, shoulder joint injury and an open fracture of the left calf.

Andrzej had a serious traffic accident. His motorbike collided with a passenger car. As a result of the hit, he suffered a multiorgan injury in the form of intracranial bleeding, shoulder joint injury and an open fracture of the left calf.

 

A pilon fracture of the distal epiphysis of the tibia and a damaged ankle joint were a big challenge for the medical team. Andrzej underwent many surgeries at the clinic where he was admitted after the accident. Unfortunately, a bone infection developed in the limb and an amputation procedure was suggested to Andrzej. His strong will to fight and the support from his family and friends did not let him give up.

 

After a lot of searching, he finally encountered Paley European Institute team. Following the review of his medical documentation, physicians offered a solution that gave Andrzej hope.

 

The PEI team proposed a proprietary solution based on the limb lengthening technique – bone transport. The procedure consisted of the infected and dead bone removal in its entirety and the use of an external apparatus. A process of distraction osteogenesis was used, during which the gap is filled with newly formed bone tissue due to natural healing processes. After some time it calcifies, regenerates, remodels, hardens and plays its role as any other bone.

 

When the treatment process is finished, Andrzej plans to take his family on a cycling trip. What once was bringing them lots of joy, became unreal in one moment as a result of an unfortunate accident. The vision of riding a bike has become a dream. The perspective of living without a leg was causing fear, feeling of injustice, and most of all – the loss of hope for a further normal life. However, thanks to the experience gained in Florida, the Polish team could fully independently perform the procedure, which brought back hope not only to Andrzej, but also to his family.