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how can you fix compound/open fracture?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
It depends: Based on the degree of soft-tissue injury, type of fracture, and level of contamination of the open wound, decisions for the optimal treatment can be made. These can range from surgical cleansing and debridement to non-operative wound care and fracture management. Antibiotics are typically given. It is important to see an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible to discuss the best treatments.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Go to er: Emergency operative washing sand fixationwith rod plates screws.

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What is vfa (vertebral fracture assessment)?

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Dr. Amir Khan
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VFA: The process of evaluation for vertebral fractures using qualitative, semi-quantitative, or quantitative morphometric methods is called vertebral fracture assessment and provides information regarding a person’s fracture risk. This improves overall assessment of an individual’s future fracture risk and allows for proper intervention. Guidelines are established for men and women to undergo vfa.
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What are my chances of infection with a broken bone?

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Dr. Barry Waldman
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Low: If the skin is intact the chance is very low. If the skin has been torn, the chance goes up to 5-20%.
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What could cause clavicle fracture ?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Trauma: Any trauma to the chest or a fall on an outstretched arm can lead to a fracture. If there is any disease that weakens the bone, e.g. Cancer or osteogenesis imperfecta, it can fracture more easily, but some sort of force still needs to be applied to break it. This is called a pathological fracture. A clavicle does not break without having some sort of force applied to it through abuse or injury.
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What does it meant to have an trimalleolar fracture?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Ankle joint fracture: A trimalleolar fracture means that the 3 corners (maleolli) that make up your ankle joint (tibia and fibula) are involved with the break. It usually results from high energy injuries and because the multiple parts are broken, the joint is unstable and typically requires surgery to restore the articular surface and stability of the ankle.
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How is pain from a fracture treated?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
First and foremost: The fracture has to be immobilized by a cast or splint. That alone will make things a lot better. After that, there are pain medications to help deal with the early days following the injury. The pain will ease up considerably, long before the fracture has completely healed.

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