A 30-year-old member asked:
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how long does it generally take for a broken bone to fully heal?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Usually 6 weeks: Fractures usually take about six weeks to heal, but will remodel over the next 12-18 months. This process is faster in kids and slower in the elderly. Certain fractures heal faster than others. Non-displaced fractures heal faster.
Answered on Mar 27, 2016
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Dr. Payam Rafat
22 years experience Podiatry
It depends...: Factors that may speed your recovery include: immobilization, elevation, good nutrition, follow your physicians’ instructions and do not smoke. Bone healing usually takes 6-8 weeks depending on the type of fracture. Each person has a different healing potential depending on age and overall health.
Answered on Feb 18, 2013

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Dr. John Ayres
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10 weeks: Fracture healing progresses at a rate of 8 to 10% per week for a period of 10 to 12 weeks. Having bypass surgery does not affect the rate of healing. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Varies with area: Fractures heal at rates faster than adults but often differ with the type of bone or location involved.
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Dr. Steven Brown
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Dr. Mark Hutchinson
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4-6 wks: Assuming non displaced fracture, then four to six weeks.

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