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Broken Tibia And Fibula Recovery Time
6 weeks: If it is an uncomplicated fracture of each and immobilised properly, they will take 6 weeks to heal. If they are complicated by being displaced, infected or affecting a joint surface it may take longer. ...Read more
Can you tell me about the best method to treat a broken tibia and fibula bone of past six yeats that has not healed well.?
? Need to see X-ray: Cannot say without looking @ your most recent x-rays. Depends where it was broken and what treatment you have had already. It would also be helpful to know what symptoms you are experiencing now (pain, deformity, etc.)gl! ...Read more
I have a broken tibia and fibula. Doc says he wants to put in pin and rod. I'm a athlete and I don't want it. Do I need it. Can I heal naturally or no?
Choices: The doc suggesting pins/rods suggests poor position. Bones will heal by themselves naturally, but if they are not aligned well, then they will heal badly aligned. As an athlete you will probably get a better result and probably not need a 6 week cast with the rods/pins. We stich lacerations to facilitate healing and good alignment, but unstitched will heal. Is basically the same with bones.. ...Read more
Had a surgical repair to my right leg due to a fracture to my tibia and fibula, many screws, 6" plate. What does recovery look like over time?
6 + weeks: A simple fracture may heal as early as 6 weeks, but more complex fractures of the leg may take many months to heal. Your orthopedic surgeon will take xrays to evaluate healing and is the best person to tell you how long it might take. Typically you are non weight bearing during the early phases of healing. ...Read more
How soon will I be walking after breaking my tibia and fibula? I'm currently 4 weeks into my recovery. Clean break, no surgery, in a removable brace.
Have torn the tissue between the tibia and fibula in my left leg - bones undamaged not responding to physio. Hope for recovery without surgery?
I had broken my tibia and fibula in an accident. It had been 3 months. How much time will it take to recover fully?
How much time fractred tibia and fibula take to heel after surgery, and please tell what medication can be used?
Speak with Surgeon: There are many variables with ankle injuries and repairs. It is very important to seek the advise of your surgeon and not others. ...Read more
Unpredictable: The healing time is very dependent on the amount of soft tissue damage that occurs at the time of the fracture. Compound fractures are those that have an opening in the skin associated with them, but it's not the opening but rather the amount of skin, tissue and bone loss as well as possible injuries to blood vessels and nerves that determines the time for healing. ...Read more
Multiple terms are -:
Used, eg, around the ankle they are bimalleolar or trimalleolar fxs; an older name is potts fx.
Growth plate injuries are called salter-harris fxs. Other terms are specific to the tibial fxs.
Hopefully, I haven't confused you. Was there any specific info you wanted? ...Read more
Yes...: Smoking is known to delay the healing process. ...Read more
X-ray: The principle is you want to include the nearest joint. If this is near knee, then order x-ray tibia and fibula ap/ lat including knee joint. ...Read more
Help please? How long fractred tibia and fibula take to heal after surgery, and please tell what medication can be used?
3-6 months: A general rule of thumb is 3 months for the third of the leg near the knee, 4 months of the middle of the leg and 5 months of the third near the ankle. This assumes that the fracture is closed (skin was not broken) and is minimally displaced or was repaired surgically. If you are a smoker or have poor circulation, you can double your healing time ...Read more
Broke my tibia and fibula 11 weeks ago, have a plate and 9 screws. Can I get the hardware out? If yes, then after how long? How about holes?
Lower leg fractures: Best person to answer your questions is the orthopedic surgeon who repaired your leg since s/he is familiar with how severe the fractures were & will be following healing process. If hardware is removed, bones will eventually remodel to fill holes. ...Read more
Will a tibia and fibula break with pins and rods cause a child to have a limp in his gait? Will it improve when pins/rods are removed? Been 8 months.
Possible: It depend what kind fracture, did he lose some bone, is he still growing? All those have to be taken along with the treatment. ...Read more
Yes and its a significant injury
it can happen in a bad twisting fall or a car
many fractures such as you describe will
need surgical fixation for the best result of the
some that are nondisplaced will just require
a prolonged period of immobilization. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: It is hard to tell for sure what you mean by leg feels heavy, which can mean different things to different people. If you are having difficulty lifting your leg or foot, it could be a sign of nerve damage. There is a nerve close to the fibula which helps lift the foot and turn it out. If it isn't working properly it can result in "foot drop". Deconditioning can also give a "heavy" feeling. ...Read more
Ultrasound: Tibial shaft fracture are slow healers. The average time to healing in a simple tibia fracture is about 4.5 months. There is one study that suggests applying a medical device that emits pulses of ultrasound waves to the bone for twenty minutes a day can decrease the healing time approximately by three weeks. You can argue if this is a benefit or not in a slow healing fracture. ...Read more
It depends: Is the fractures are not displace the may be ok, if the fracture fragment are unstable then is necessary to fixate the fragments. If the fragments are not displace but are through the joint space then is necessary for the patient to be non weight during to avoid damage of the joint. If the fractures are just stress fractures or contusions a walking cast will be fine ...Read more
I broke my leg both tibia and fibula and now its a non union and still its not healing what should I do?
Wash out and surgery: A compound fracture is one in which the fracture bone (s) penetrate through the skin. This is a surgical emergency that requires immediate attention. The initial goal during surgery is to thoroughly irrigate (wash out) and debride (clean up) the bone and tissues in an attempt to prevent infection. At the same time, the fractures are repaired, often using rod for the tibia & possibly a fibular plate. ...Read more
How long do you need to wear boot after high impact lower tibia and fibula break that is not displaced?
Depends: High impact implies more soft tissue damage. Might take longer to heal. Have to follow serial xrays. May take 8-12 weeks under usual circumstances ...Read more
Have a broke tibia and fibula 4 inches up from my ankle. Its been 5 weeks. No shown bone growth is this a problem?
See your orthopedist: Your bone doctor can provide you the best information, compare the X rays and give you a definitive answer. Good luck. ...Read more
I fractured my tibia and fibula in December. Is it normal to still have pain in the area 10 months on? Finding it's been aching a lot recently
Maybe: You should follow up with your orthopaedic surgeon. Fractures are normally healed by this point, but there can be many causes of pain including nonunion, malunion, infection, and various other soft tissue derangements. ...Read more
I broke my right tibia and fibula approx. 20 yrs ago when ice skating...not compound. Injured it about a week ago when I walked head on into hard obje?
Leg injury: You may have just bruised your leg. Get a new xray if pain does not improve ...Read more
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