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Dr. Peter Ihle
274 doctors shared insights

Bone Infection (Definition)

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon..Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks ...Read more


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How common is a bone infection or fracture site infection with closed bone fractures?

How common is a bone infection or fracture site infection with closed bone fractures?

Not common: If the fracture is truly closed, bacteria should not be able to infect the bone since it isn't exposed to the outside environment. Fractures, where bone is penetrated through the skin or visible through a wound, have variable infection rates based on the size of the wound and the time until the patient receives antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is healing time for a clavicle compound fracture that required surgery with a bone graft after improper healing.?

What is healing time for a clavicle compound fracture that required surgery with a bone graft after improper healing.?

Open nonunion: Each fracture has its own personality: worse prognosis with open, comminuted, malunion, nonunion. It depends upon the host immunity, health, and healing potential of the bone and soft tissues. May be 6 weeks to 6 months. ...Read more

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Iliac crest bone graft from hip for treatment for nonunion scaphoid how big is the cut ? Will they take much bone graft? Hello there I have nonunion scaphoid for nearly two years now im having open reducion and internal fixation of the scaphoid fracture w

Iliac crest bone graft from hip for treatment for nonunion scaphoid how big is the cut ? Will they take much bone graft? Hello there I have nonunion scaphoid for nearly two years now im having open reducion and internal fixation of the scaphoid fracture w

These : These are very specific questions, good questions but the best answer comes form the surgeon who is going to operate on you. Typically "small cut" (whatever that means may be different for different cases, and going home typically depends upon how you feel, genral health, length of surgery etc....Talk to your doctor pick up the phone and call the office of where your surgery is being done. ...Read more

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Can having bone removed from the hip for a bone graft cause arthritis?

Not really : The bone harvested from the hip is not the area in which the joint resides. However discomfort can last for many months. ...Read more

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Surgeon wants to remove pin from non union scaphoid, have had 2 unsuccessful bone grafts,I'm not sure as from what I can see bone is still broken?

Surgeon wants to remove pin from non union scaphoid, have had 2 unsuccessful bone grafts,I'm not sure as from what I can see bone is still  broken?

Non-union=still brkn: If they are calling it a non-union then that means the fracture has not healed so is technically still broken. To optimize bone healing, it is important to not smoke, limit alcohol, eat a healthy, balanced diet with sufficient protein and consider taking vit. C, D, mutli-mineral complex and I like to have patients add a collagen supplement. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a bone graft from hip to pars fractures to heal completely. it's been 4 months and showing minimal bony union.

How long does it take for a bone graft from hip to pars fractures to heal completely. it's been 4 months and showing minimal bony union.

Pars fracture: Pars problems take varying amounts of time to heal . Some depend on causation. Acute fractures in younger patients tend to heal more quickly than those which have been a result of long time progressing in older people.Nutrition, smoking, osteopenia also ply a role. ...Read more

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What can cause fibular pain besides fracture? x-ray's show bone growth and pain is skeletal, but not healing after 6weeks in a boot. MRI is ordered.

Ligamentous injury: X-rays show bones, but not sift tissues. So if your X-rays were normal it is likely you injured a soft tissue in the area such as a ligament or tendon. The MRI should provide good information. ...Read more

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I have a displaced talus fracture, treated with orif surgery. Is there anything i can do to prevent avascular necrosis while ankle heals?

I have a displaced talus fracture, treated with orif surgery.  Is there anything i can do to prevent avascular necrosis while ankle heals?

Follow post op: Instructions. I would imagine the surgeon performing your orif would of discussed this possibility with you. Make sure you don't walk on the foot earlier than ou are supposed to etc. If your a smoker make sure you don't smoke. ...Read more

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How risky when a rod pinned to femur removed again due to infections or bone death at the union of fractured bones, any alternatives?

How risky when a rod pinned to femur removed again due to infections or bone death at the union of fractured bones, any alternatives?

Complicated: Sounds like a complicated problem which would require a more complete history and review of X-rays. If you have a delayed or possibly infected non union of a fracture, the treatment centers around eradicating the infection and also getting the bone to heal. If to have a pun tract infection from an external fixatir and a delayed union, this is sometimes treated with an intramedullary rod. ...Read more

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Why is surgery necessary to heal a broken nasal bone?

Why is surgery necessary to heal a broken nasal bone?

To align the bone: When the nasal bone break could move either side, which make one opining bigger or smaller. ...Read more

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I have a wrist fracture with the scaphoid bone broken at the waist. Can i insist that bone not be taken from my hip to fix it? Surgery was recommended by an orthopedic doctor to repair a non-union wrist fracture with the scaphoid bone broken at the waist

I have a wrist fracture with the scaphoid bone broken at the waist. Can i insist  that bone not be taken from my hip to fix it? Surgery was recommended by an orthopedic doctor to repair a non-union wrist fracture with the scaphoid bone broken at the waist

No: Depends on the fracture and how much bone is needed. One study showed bone grafting from distal radius had lower healing rates than graft from the hip. But in some selected cases (but not all) percutaneous fixation can be used with or without bone graft. Ask your surgeon what is best in you. See : http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/14652390 and http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/1660141. ...Read more

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How painful is bone graft surgery from your hip for dental implants?

How painful is bone graft surgery from your hip for dental implants?

Quite Painful : It is quite painful and can cause disturbances in your ability to walk for a while. It's also necessary to stay in the hospital for at least a day following surgery. The good thing is that it is almost never necessary any more. If you would like a referral, i know a brilliant implant surgeon in your city who can help you or at least do a second opinion. His consultations are free for implants! ...Read more

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Could having bone removed from a hip for a bone graft cause arthritis?

Could having bone removed from a hip for a bone graft cause arthritis?

Bone graft arthritis: Bone grafts are usually harvested away from the hip joint. It is not likely to develop arthritis as a result of the bone graft. Bone graft harvest sites are associated with some pain that can be chronic but generally discomfort not severe or severely debilitating. Bone graft alternatives exist and may be appropriate in certain indications. ...Read more

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As a patient what should I expect from bone fusion procedure for lisfranc dislocation?

As a patient what should I expect from bone fusion procedure for lisfranc dislocation?

Screws and a cast: You will have multiple screws and pins and will be in a cast or at least no weight to the foot for a couple of months. ...Read more

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After bunion surgery, my bone fused with pseudo bone. Now there is a bone spur, or growth on top of that joint. What can be done?

After bunion surgery, my bone fused with pseudo bone. Now there is a bone spur, or growth on top of that joint. What can be done?

Depends: Discuss with your operating surgeon about any questions you have regarding surgical outcomes and possible necessary steps to address this issue. ...Read more

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Could multiple fractures of the humerus bone heal without having surgery?

Could  multiple fractures of the humerus bone heal without having surgery?

Maybe: It depends on the alignment of the fractures and the location of the fractures. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Compound Fracture (Definition)

Is an older term for open fracture. When the fractured bone comes out thru the skin at the time of injury. In a low grade mild open fracture there may only be a pinhole in the skin but the shape and direction of the fracture pushes the bone out for a second before it vanishes. In a severe open fracture with a big wound its more obviuos that the bone is out. All need ...Read more


Dr. James Krick
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more