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Broken Fibula Surgery Recovery
Should I be worried about pain being relatively the same as right after my surgery. I had 3 screws and a plate put in to fix my broken fibula.
How long until I can walk again after surgery from a broken fibula? I am already toe touch walking with the crutches.
I would like to know how long is surgery for orif for a right broken fibula, it is the lower part of the fibula close to the ankle?
Hour or less: If you have a fractured fibula the average time would be about an hour or less (typically 30-40 minutes). I don't really focus on the length but quality of care done. Obviously if your surgeon takes more than a couple hours that is a bit too long as greatly increases risk of infection and lengthens tourniquet time which can cause other issues. ...Read more
I had surgery in jul12 and revision in nov12 for a broken fibula and ankle. I was nwb until feb13. In pt and having extreme swelling, is this normal?
Have low impact broken fibula, walking boot, no surgery. When can I bear weight on it? Broken just over 1 week ago. Currently on crutches and wheelch
4-6 weeks: The classic answer for most fractures is that it takes 6 weeks to heal and limited weight bearing for 6 weeks is recommended. However, for a minimally displaced low impact fibula, it may be possible to bear weight in a walking boot earlier than 6 weeks, likely around 4 weeks after the break depending on how the x-rays look. The bottom line is check with your provider and trust their expertise. ...Read more
Broken fibula required surgery and 8 weeks no weight. On week 6. Was told to start weight bearing in 2 wks, as tolerated, no phys therapy. That normal?
Yes: That's a little late for weight bearing an ankle. Rehab usually not necessary. Unless you have a problem, rehab will not be necessary. ...Read more
I would like to know what would give me less amount of disability having a cast or having orif surgery for a broken fibula/ ankle?
Depends on displacem: Depends on how much displacement of the fracture. If over 2mm of displacement and at level of the ankle joint or above orif would be beneficial. ...Read more
I have a broken fibula and facing surgery or leg cast for 6 weeks. What is the healing time of surgery and what are benefits of it over the cast?
The results that you can receive are dependent on the extent of the injury that you have. You are young and pending on the type of fracture (aligned?, stable? Involving the joint?) all come into play when deciding if surgery is better than cast.
That being said, in general surgery has a better shot of providing a better out come.
Your surgeon is in the best position to advise you. ...Read more
Broken fibula, plate and screws were put in place currently in fiber glass splint. 2 weeks post surgery getting a boot, when will I be able to walk?
4-6 weeks: It varies somewhat based upon the nature of the fracture, but we will usually let our patients begin walking while wearing a boot by about 4-6 weeks postoperatively. I would discuss your specific case with your surgeon. ...Read more
Surgery? Should this be properly aligned. Broken fibula 2 places! Broken fibula, mid lower section top break, still in alignment but fracture. Lower break separated and off to the side not in alignment but. Back of heal and ankle burning. I have a splint
Without seeing the images, it is difficult to know how much of the fibula is broken and how displaced it really is. The symptoms you're having sound like part of the peroneal nerve is irritated--either from swelling or from the fracture. Most of these injuries are stretch or bruising injuries, called neurapraxias, that resolve with time, usually about 3 months. Occasionally, a nerve can be severed, but usually there is muscle weakness to show the more severe injury.
In principle, fractures of the fibular shaft are left to heal without surgery. We can remove a large portion of the fibula as bone graft without significant adverse effects, so we know the mid-portion of the fibula does not provide structural stability. The closer to the knee, however, the more likely to affect the common peroneal nerve and the closer to the ankle, the more likely the fracture will affect ankle stability.
There are key ligaments that stabilize the ankle in the area known as the syndesmosis. These ligaments can take longer to heal than a fracture or lower ankle injury.
Talk to your treating physician about the location of the fractures relative to the important structures. ...Read more
Yes.: In most fibular fractures, healing should occur in abut 6 weeks. If the fracture is displaced a significant to a significant degree, then surgery may be indicated. Also, it may be a delayed union, or non-union, depending on the exact circumstances. An orthopedic surgeon, should be able to counsel you regarding this. ...Read more
6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Although a non-weight bearing bone, fibula fractures can be painful with certain motions; be sure to get it properly evaluated and treated. See your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results. ...Read more
8 to 12 weeks: A standard fractured bone that is in place without major displacement takes 8 to 12 weeks to heal in a healthy person with proper immobilization. Smoking, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions can prolong or delay this healing. Premature mobilization or weight bearing on the extremity could also cause delayed or non healing. ...Read more
6-8 weeks: A healthy person without confounding medical problems such as smoking, diabetes, bone or thyroid disease should recover from a fibular fracture in 6-8 weeks. The type of fracture also determines recovery time. Simple fractures heal within 6-8 weeks. More complex fractures take longer. ...Read more
What r the symptoms of a slightly broken fibula. I got x-rays and I just want to know the symptoms?
No such thing: It's either broken or not. You may have sprained your ankle which presents with pain, swelling on outside part of your ankle. Typically pain is below tip of bone. If your pain persist despite two weeks of treatment (splint:boot and crutches) you should followup with your orthopedist. May consider MRI to rule out an occult fracture. ...Read more
I have a broken fibula, I'm fairly active. What's the best kind of cast to have to accommodate that lifestyle?
Broken bones: Can definately cause pain.Get a more detailed answer ›
So that it: Doesn't get worse......Get a more detailed answer ›
What can be done if oxycontin is ineffective in treating the pain in my leg from a broken fibula?
My daughter has burning sensation every time she gets up from her broken fibula why is this happening should I be concern?
I had a broken fibula and tibula and I am out of the boot now 3 weeks is it ok to walk without the use of a crutch I still have a limp?
Take it easy: I would advise you to please use crutches until the limp is better. Have a nice day! ...Read more
Broken Fibula: It depends on where the break is and how bad it is. Sometimes your doctor will want you to wear the boot while sleeping in order to keep things in a good position. ...Read more
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