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I have broken rib - is it possible to have one for years, what to do?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Xrays: Rib fractures usually begin ossifying within 6 weeks. By one year a callus is evident. If a fractured rib re fractures many times, a mal union or non union can occur. Evidence of previous healed or healing fractures can be seen on chest xrays or cat scans.
Dr. Nir Hus
Dr. Nir Husanswered
General Surgery 16 years experience
Rib fractures : It is possible to a broken rib for “years” as you stated. This is called malunion. I repair these in the operating room using a specialized titanium plate which bridges the rib and repairs the fracture.

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