Johnny got in a terrible dirt bike accident in Australia about three years ago, when this photo was snapped… I get a kick out of the “Taz ripping out of the skin” tattoo, perfectly placed by some psychic tattoo artist seven years earlier. He had to wear that intense fixture for two years by the way!

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31 thoughts on “Yowwwch!

  1. These things are brutal to wear! i had one aswell (thinner wires but all the way through to another frame on the other side) after a shattered femur. was the worst pain i have ever endured. Although its been three years this dudes leg is prob still aching like a bitch!

  2. Wow, that poor guy.

    I’ve never seen one of those before… wouldn’t expect it to work! It looks like his leg would get so infected it’d fall off!

    People are surprised when piercings heal, if doctors can install one of those things and the patient can live??

  3. fuck. OW. I’ve had broken femurs before but um not to the point of needing that… ow. shit.

  4. my leg’s hurting just thinking about that.i can’t imagine the pain he must’ve gone through.

  5. dana… there are patterns for sewing what are called “adaptive” garments that can accommodate equipment like this. basically, pajama pants/boxer shorts with one leg that’s 36″ around, and the other a normal 20″ or so, and the sides of the legs open up vertically and close with velcro. there’s a nonprofit that recruits people with sewing skills to make them for soldiers who get fucked up in iraq.

  6. That’s called an external fixator, and they do have a nasty tendency to get infected. I worked orthopedics (RN) for years, and it’s one of the most brutal things I’ve ever seen.

  7. And yet, i’m sure there a number of people who’d do things like this for fun.

    Ahh, modblog.

  8. Oh the pain!! :-x
    No wonder Taz jumps out, there’s no room left for him with all those iron spikes! ;)
    I guess the simple knee surgery I had once is NOTHING compared to this… it looks so… painfull beyond imagination!!
    And it looks like some zombie stiched together! :P

  9. # 15, you say you were an RN.. i’m surprised you haven’t said anything about this yet…

    There is no way he wore that for two years. Not only would it not be beneficial at that point, it would cause more harm then good. Even a shattered femur won’t take a normal person more than 6 months to heal. Once a bone, or its fragments, have made even a light connection, the external fixation device (EFD) is removed. Otherwise bone growth occurs on and around the screws and makes removal painful and likely to cause more damage.

    All it takes is a basic understading of human biology, health sciences and some common sense to know that two years is way over-shot for something like this. Two months is more like it.

  10. I have no medical training and even I thought that in two years he’s probably going to have that thing permanently grown into his leg.
    Still, I know they also use EFD to lengthen legbones over a period of time, how long I do not know, nor do I know if, say, the device’s screws are repositioned to avoid bone growth around the screws during that time…

    Hmmm, interesting.

  11. HereKittyKitty : Yes, often “little people” (dwarfism) go through this very painful procedure where their leg bones are broken, set with the EFD’s, left to heal, rebroken and the EFD is then cranked to add mere millimeters, then it is left to fill in, is re-cranked, and so on. Its extremely painful, and only adds mere centimeters. Its NOT a fun procedure and there is little reason for someone like this guy to have such a procedure. Even so, said procedures do not go on for two full years. One year per leg, MAYBE, but not one leg only.
    He had that put in because of an accident, where obviously he shattered his bone in three places (thus three sets of external screws, aligning the bone)

    The purpose of an EFD is to ensure that large weight-bearing bones heal straight and properly so that in the future they have no problem weight-baring and have no risk snapping the bone. They need it to be very strong. Still, once the bones have even a minimum of growth, its safe to remove them, cast the leg, and then start physio within a few months.

    In the worst, WORST case scenario, they’d stay in for a max. of 6 months. i’ve never ever heard of longer, and there are good, logical reasons for this.

  12. The only thing i can think of is, if perhaps he broke the bone at some point so badly that a certain length of it needed to be removed, and he had to infact suffer through the procedures of bone-lengthening. I’m not convinced it would take two years though, and i’m certainly not convinced if it would be the best or even recommended course of action if said bone length needed to be removed. I’d really like to hear from the wearer of the EFD on this one.

    Maybe there’s been a misunderstanding along the way.

  13. I’m aware that this person has the device because of an accident shattering the bone versus one for EXTENDING the legbone. I was trying to draw a comparison of the time-frame used for the EFD in each case (roughly).
    In the second case, I was thinking of perhaps someone born with one leg shorter than the other…I never thought about it being used for “dwarfism”, though it obviously is used for that as well. It sounds esp painful used in that way.

    Thanks for the info and input, LTPTM

  14. man i’ve been sitting here thinking about how terrible that must be. how do you SLEEP with that!? you’d always have to sleep on one side, which would start to make your hip sore after awhile. and imagine the pain if in your sleep your roll over onto that side.. OW!

  15. lookin at that makes me want to cry, seriously. i went through a massive spinal operation and i keep thinking to myself that it’s nothing compared to what this poor guy must have suffered through. *cringes* kudos to you, Johnny, that’s all i have to say.

  16. Dana (#26)- I’ve never broken a femur, but I have broken a collar bone. I can tell you, you learn damn quick (within one night) which side not to roll onto, hell or high water! ;)

    In other news, I agree that 2 years seems a bit long to be wearin one of those (EFDs), especially given the massive infection risk. However, I know next to none about them. I wonder if ModDocter is reading this?

  17. ouch, I feel his pain. I had this done to me when I was 10 but on both legs and had six pins on each side. This is just bringing me back to that bad summer.

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