Man Avoids Amputation with Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

Jimmy Oswald runs a lumber company in Batesburg-Leesville. In January, he had a day at work no one there will forget. Inside the warehouse, Jimmy was standing in front of a commercial saw when a forklift a few inches away accidentally began moving and hit him. Jimmy’s right side became pinned between the 9,000-pound forklift and the saw.

The pain from the accident was excruciating. It took five minutes for his employees to move the forklift away.

Jimmy Oswald back at work at Oswald Lumber in Batesburg-Leesville

The 77-year-old suffered compound fractures of the bones in his lower leg and a crush injury causing multiple broken bones in his ankle. If not handled with great care and expertise, that type of injury can lead to amputation.

An ambulance rushed Jimmy to Lexington Medical Center where he underwent emergency orthopaedic surgery.

“When I woke up, the first thing I did was look to see if I still had a leg,” Jimmy said. “I had a great doctor. He fixed it for me and I was so relieved.”

Jimmy’s doctor was Barnaby T. Dedmond, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with Lexington Orthopaedics, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. A fellowship-trained orthopaedic traumatologist, Dr. Dedmond specializes in major and minor trauma, including simple and complex fracture care for patients of all ages, with modern and minimally invasive surgery techniques.

“In Jimmy’s case, we assessed his injuries one by one and customized the best course of treatment for him,” Dr. Dedmond said.
Describing the range of orthopaedic surgery resources as tools in a toolbox, Dr. Dedmond said there are many choices and options for surgeons in his specialty.

“No fracture is the same,” he said. “So I pull different tools for each case to do the best job possible for what that patient needs.”

Dr. Dedmond set Jimmy’s leg bones back in line, rebuilt his crushed ankle and concluded the pelvis fracture could heal with intensive therapy.

“A surgeon’s job only begins at the time of surgery,” Dr. Dedmond said. “It’s important to be actively involved in all aspects of a patient’s care – before, during and after surgery.”

Jimmy spent two months in intensive physical therapy and rehabilitation before he could walk again. Because of his pelvis injury, he couldn’t bear weight on his legs for a while.

“I’m still working on it,” he said. “But it’s worth it to be able to walk with your own legs.”

Today, Jimmy is back on the job at the lumber company, working full days and involved in the daily operations.

“The most rewarding part of what I do is walking the road to recovery with my patients,” Dr. Dedmond said. “I share tremendous joy when people like Jimmy are back to life again.”

Jimmy’s family and friends continue to encourage him, too.

“I feel I’m very fortunate to be able to walk again, and that I’m still here,” he said.

He’s thankful to be walking, working and driving now, and values the time he can spend with his five grandchildren.

“I’m going to get back close to where I was,” he said. “I have a lot of things I want to do and haven’t accomplished yet.”

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3 Responses to “Man Avoids Amputation with Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery”

  1. Not only is Barnaby Dedmond an incredible doctor, he is a genuinely wonderful person. Congrats to him and Mr. Oswald, for whose complete recovery we pray.

  2. I glad to hear you are doing well.When I’m up your I always ask someone how you were doing.good thing you had a good Dr.I went allmost two years and they didn’t do anything for me.

  3. I always knew you were an awesome son, man, husband and father. Now I know what an awesome Dr. You are.

    Love you and your family

    Donna Fox

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