Must have been really specialscrews. My leg broke - both tibia and
fibula, about 2" above the ankle. It happened while on vacation in
Holland. About 4 hours after it broke, I was back from the OR and
resting in my hospital room. 12 screws in the 2 plates to get both
bones to heal. The Xrays aren't clear enough to see the threads on the
screws. I got billed ~€7,100 together for both ambulance (€685) and all
the surgeon's and hospital costs (3 nights - €6,450). Exchange rate was
~US$1.30/€ at the time, so US$9,230. There was an additional $150 for
medications to get me home. So, if you need to break a leg, go to
Harderwijk, Holland to the St.Jansdal Hospital <grin>.
Well, you knew the out of pocket costs.
My Out of pocket costs for operations in the US is less than $100.
That includes two hernia operations, a parathyroid operation, and an
I understand you had bypass surgery. I'm glad it worked out OK for you.
That's a lot more expensive operation than what I have had, and a lot
less than a appendectomy.
Having set up thread rolling equipment personally a long time ago in a
land far far away, I can say that for a screw as you describe, you
really want an artiste setting up those roll dies. Having fought with
some difficult ones for a simple single pitch fastener, I can easily
imagine the time it would take to properly set that up. Or perhaps
they were run through two different machines in two steps?
Additionally, I doubt those screws are made of simple carbon steel,
rolled and then heat treated. Might be titanium, and I don't know if
you can even roll those, might have to be cut on a lathe?
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