Sheila, MICRONAIL™ Distal Radius Fixation Recipient
Sheila is an energetic aerobics and fitness instructor and competes in numerous fitness shows each year. In addition to her aerobics hobby, which keeps her very busy, Sheila is an anesthesiologist who works for the co-inventor of the MICRONAIL™ Distal Radius Fixation System. Over the summer, while attending a three day fitness conference, Sheila was preparing to go onstage to perform a choreographed routine when she lost her balance on the stairs and put her left hand out to catch herself. She missed the railing and landed on her wrist.
At first Sheila did not think anything of the fall and she continued her activities at the show. Her wrist was a little sore, but it did not limit or interfere with her demonstrations. On the following Monday, Sheila went to work at the hospital as usual. During the day she complained of wrist pain and her wrist swelled. As the pain increased, Sheila decided she should have an X-ray, and discovered that she had, in fact, fractured her wrist. After consulting with Dr. Warburton, he suggested that she be treated with the MICRONAIL™ implant.
Sheila had the surgery on a Friday and on Monday morning she was already back to work at the hospital. According to Sheila, “The surgery was really nothing at all,” when asked how it went. And, she was thrilled to learn after the surgery that she did not have to struggle with a cast, and could resume normal activities as she felt able. Since she is a certified aerobics instructor, “I was able to do my own physical therapy through exercise,” said Sheila. “The recovery process was very easy and fast. I would say I was completely healed 6 weeks post surgery.”
Sheila is back to teaching aerobics and regularly competing in fitness shows.