Having been through this surgery 21-plus years ago, this option needs to be addressed. I broke my leg (spiral) in a hockey game 21 years ago. Four months after insertion of an IM rod I was skating again and within six months, was back playing in my Rec league.
An IM (intermedulary) rod may also be inserted in the tibia to provide stabilization and speed recovery, especially in a sports-related injury. This also allows weight-bearing PT to begin sooner.