A 21-year-old member asked:
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?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
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.
5.8k viewsReviewed Sep 29, 2019
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.
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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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