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A 47-year-old male asked:

Would you recommend surgery for a supracondylar fracture of the distal humerus on a 79 year old female with adequately-controlled niddm?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: A supracondylar fracture is a pretty significant and debilitating fracture if not treated. Particularly if it is displaced or involves the joint. While there are complications as with any surgery, if you are healthy, surgery is better than the alternative of a nonfunctioning elbow.
Dr. Jason Rudolph
29 years experience
Severity: If the fracture is displaced ( out of alignment), and the patient is healthy, then surgery may be necessary. If it is treated with a cast only, there is a high likelihood of stiffness after the cast is removed.
Last updated Mar 11, 2016

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