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Doctor insights on: Broken Fibula Surgery Recovery

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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.

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.

Pain after fx pinnin: This would largely depend on how LONG after your PIN AND PLATE SURGERY you are. Perhaps you could respond and inform where the pin is and how long after surgery you are, how severe pain is and if pain occurs at rest OR only on ambulation. ...Read more

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How long until I can walk again after surgery from a broken fibula? I am already toe touch walking with the crutches.

How long until I can walk again after surgery from a broken fibula? I am already toe touch walking with the crutches.

Broken fibula: It's best to discuss this with your surgeon. Weight bearing will be determined by what was done at surgery and the type if injury. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Swelling: This is not uncommon, try contrast baths and some compression from a otc ankle sleeve. It make take up to a year to get better and if fact if may be a little swollen forever which doesn't mean anything is wrong. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Better results: 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

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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?

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

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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

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: 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

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Can I run with a broken fibula?

Can I run with a broken fibula?

Depends: Only if it is a stable fracture pattern and you are comfortable enough to do so. ...Read more

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Should 12 weeks healing be concerning for a broken fibula break?

Should 12 weeks healing be concerning for a broken fibula break?

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

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Pain on outside of ankle from broken fibula. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

Pain on outside of ankle from broken fibula. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

Broken bones: Hurt, how long ago was in injured? Was there surgery involved? How bad was the break? How did it occur? What other damage was there? What have you tried to relieve the pain? What does the pain feel like? ...Read more

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How much time does a broken fibula take to heal?

How much time does a broken fibula take to heal?

Depends on the: Fracture. IF it needs surgery it will take anywhere from 8-12 weeks. If it is a simple non-dispalced fibula fracture at the distal ankle you may be back as early as 6-8 weeks. Fractures in general take 8 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a broken fibula take to heal?

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

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How long does it take to recover from a broken fibula typically?

How long does it take to recover from a broken fibula typically?

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

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How effectively would a healthy person recover from a broken fibula?

How effectively would a healthy person recover from a broken fibula?

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

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When u should u start rehab for a broken fibula and tibia?

When u should u start rehab for a broken fibula and tibia?

Wait Bearing: Once the bone callous is forming and the surgeon has removed the cast, (if there is one,) you can start with non-weight bearing exercises. Weight -bearing hat may be sooner if you are younger - and later if there is any problem with your balance/ coordination. ...Read more

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When can I start running after a severe broken fibula and tibia?

When can I start running after a severe broken fibula and tibia?

Many factors: The location and severity of the injury are important. The healing of the bone is necessary, and you need to have the motion and strength in the leg before considering running. ...Read more

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What r the symptoms of a slightly broken fibula. I got x-rays and I just want to know the symptoms?

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

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I have a broken fibula, I'm fairly active. What's the best kind of cast to have to accommodate that lifestyle?

I have a broken fibula, I'm fairly active. What's the best kind of cast to have to accommodate that lifestyle?

Fibula Fracture: Assuming it's a stable fracture and nondisplaced or minimally displaced you probably won't need a cast at all. A walking boot and weight bearing as tolerated is usually the most common recommendation in this situation. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain on the outside of my ankle from broken fibula?

See your PCP for ---: A pain med like Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen). You should be in a cast or a splint. Preferably see an orthopod who will be monitoring you healing. Do not walk on that side unless cleared by him/her.
Rest, elevate the limb to reduce the pain and swelling as well. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal for my leg to get thinner where my broken fibula is located?

Please advise if it's normal for my leg to get thinner where my broken fibula is located?

Yes: This occurs because of muscle atrophy, which means that the muscle decrease in size/mass as a result of not being used. Typically your muscle strength and mass will be restored once you are able to work on physical therapy/strengthening after your injury. ...Read more

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What can be done if oxycontin is ineffective in treating the pain in my leg from a broken fibula?

Re-evaluation: Oxycontin is not typically prescribed for a fibula fracture as it is a strong, long-lasting narcotic pain med. If your pain is not controlled with ice, elevation, splinting, and narcotic pain meds, you should be re-evaluated by the er or your orthopaedist. ...Read more

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Do you have to wear a boot while sleeping with a broken fibula?

Do you have to wear a boot while sleeping with a broken fibula?

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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When does a doctor not put a cast on a broken fibula?

When does a doctor not put a cast on a broken fibula?

Depends: Sometime a cast is never used for a fibula fracture. A high tide boot can typically be enough of an intervention. Discuss this with your physician if you have questions about your specific injury. ...Read more