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how do doctors repair broken bones?

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Heal thyself: Actually the bones, for the most part, have the innate ability to repair themselves. What doctors offer is the unique ability to put the damaged bones in the optimal position to affect healing. Their talents and experience allows them to decide on many different methods to do this. Most commonly used are immobilization and some type of fixation.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: Varies completely based upon specific nature of fracture and characteristics of the patient. Among possibilities: observation, cast or splint, closed reduction followed by cast or splint, closed reduction with internal fixation, and open reduction and internal fixation to name a few; also im rod fixation and external fixation as well.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Do babies with fused bones in their skull need surgery?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: This answer depends on the amount of fusion, the location, and the bones involved. There are some genetic disorders that lend to large fusions, creating very abnormal skulls. Crouzon's disease is one such disorder. If fusion is detected or found on imaging, immediate follow up with a neurosurgeon and geneticist is required to help make that decision.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How does the bone density test define osteoporosis?

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Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 25 years experience
Only partly: The DEXA scan gives the bone mineral density at the hips, spine and forearm. These scores can predict osteoporosis: 't-score' of less than -2.5 is considered osteoporosis. However, many people suffer osteoporosis fractures despite having better bone densities. So, we also use other factors: age, ethnicity, size, family history, prior fractures, smoking, alcohol, other conditions to predict risks.
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
In fact, in the one-year NORA study, only 18% of the women having fragility fractures met the T-score definition of osteoporosis.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can my scrotum hanging from the penis near its head on the right side be repaired?

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Dr. James Fishman
Urology 34 years experience
Needs to be examined: This sounds like a congenital problem. Needs to be examined to determine if a previous circumsion has created scar tissus that needs removal. The urologist will be able to make a very quick determination if this is a surgical problem.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How do wrist fractures occur in people with osteoporosis?

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
With less energy: It takes less energy from falls to cause a wrist fracture in an osteoporotic person. Also, the fractures can be more "smashed" into pieces with ostoeporosis.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What exercises can help after I have Achilles tendon repair?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Discuss with: Your surgeon, you don't say how long ago the repair was which may make a difference in the answer.

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