Joan Tricamo | CaringBridge

Joan Tricamo

First post: Sep 7, 2017 Latest post: Jul 20, 2018
Joan has had a second surgery to repair her broken femur after suffering a setback when the support strap implanted in October '16 broke and her fracture reopened. 
On Saturday, September 3rd, 2017, Joan had lots of pain in her leg and was no longer able to stand. Dave Tricamo was with her and took her in to Kaiser. 
After imaging, including an MRI, doctors discovered the strap had broken, and her femur had rebroken. Surgery to repair the break was the only viable option. 
On Labor Day, she had surgery lasting several hours, where they installed new hardware and added two types of bone graft.
A long spur of bone was attached parallel to her femur and opposite the metal strap. Another kind of bone material was packed into the fractured area. This material has been, as best I can recall the description, deconstructed so that it is more likely to connect with the bone around it and form a new bond.

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