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A 19-year-old female asked:

Broken tibia, no surgery - the soft bone around the break has all formed, how long should it take to harden/calcify? it's been 9 weeks since the break

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Dr. Douglas Green
A Verified Doctoranswered
26 years experience
Get re-evaluated....: If a fracture is splinted properly a normal bone repair time is 4 to 6 weeks. If you have not seen this result you should see an orthopedic surgeon. There are folks that heal slower. There are problems with healing like delayed union and non union. Your doctor can help you with this.
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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
The callus that u are describing is normal.not sure where your fx. was in your tibia that did not require surgery @ age 19( could not have been a tibial shaft fx)but callus on X-rays may take a couple of months to ' mature', remodel, and look ' solid'. X-rays can 'lag behind' the actual healing time.Your ORS can explain this to you in follow- up.!
Nov 22, 2013
Last updated Jan 23, 2014


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