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A 26-year-old male asked:

I broke my upper arm near to my elbow 24 days ago its a big fracture so i had a surgery and got 2 plates in. so how long does it take to heal. ?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rhett Griggs
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
Awhile: Takes 8-12 weeks min. Depends on xrays healing too.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
6-8 wks for the bone: This is a difficult fracture to treat. With rigid fixation and compression, the fracture should heal within 6-8 weeks. Usually motion is begun during the fracture healing process, with loss of extension being common. Expect full healing to take 6 months or more.
Dr. Austin Yeargan
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
2 weeks to get 'sticky'. 6 weeks to gain tensile and compressive strength back and two years to fully remodel.
May 1, 2014

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