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I broke an arm bone , l done an open reduction surgery with screws&plates for like 6 weeks now, how much time does it really need to heal?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
About 8 weeks: Usually if a radius or ulna fracture is treated with plates and screws, it takes about 8 weeks to heal the surgery is performed to obtain the best longterm result and obtain immediate fracture fixation.
Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Longer: Hard to say without more specifics. But, most bone healing should occur over the first 3 months. Other things such as strength, endurance and coordination can take much longer.
Dr. Michael Granberry
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
3 months: Although every fracture is different, a standard type fracture of the forearm is healed enough at 6 weeks to start strengthening exercises. These strengthen both the damaged muscles, and the bone. There continues to be some improvement for nearly a year.

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Last updated Sep 29, 2019

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