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Displaced collarbone with a butterfly fracture wedged between, 12 mm overlap, 6 weeks later bone cutting the skin, best option, bone removal or plate?

Displaced collarbone with a butterfly fracture wedged between, 12 mm overlap, 6 weeks later bone cutting the skin, best option, bone removal or plate?

Clavicle fracture: If fracture with good bridging callus, then excise spur, if you definitely need surgery. If bone still not with adequate healing, consider plate, screws, & bone graft if it is painful. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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


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What chronic pain comes from a butterfly femur fracture?

What chronic pain comes from a butterfly femur fracture?

Hopefully none: Chronic pain is defined in several ways-all of which have to do with time from onset of pain. For example, one definition is pain that lasts longer than three months from the onset of symptoms. Typically, a fractured bone heals in 6-8 weeks. Based on this, there is no reason to suspect that a femur fracture will result in a chronically painful condition. ...Read more

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What chronic pain stems from a butterfly femur fracture?

What chronic pain stems from a butterfly femur fracture?

Bad Fracture: This is a bad fracture and I am sure if you have that you underwent surgery with internal fixation (hardware). There is a lot of tissue damage involved in the fracture itself and then the surgery. Anyone has the potential for chronic pain due to the scarring of tissue or the post fracture bony changes which take place with any bad fracture. ...Read more

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By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

Not always: Based on degrees of offset. Fractures need to be "set" if there is more than a 2 mm. Gap or obviously malaligned. The idea is to get the fragments as close together as possible, along with as normal alignment as can be obtained. If healed already, then revisiting the fracture is done only if it is causing some other problem. ...Read more

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Should i return to the ER to have my fractured pinky re-splinted? I fractured my pinky yesterday and went to the ER to have it splinted. However, i believe the splint was put on incorrectly(it's weirdly bent and was cutting off circulation).

Should i return to the ER to have my fractured pinky re-splinted? I fractured my pinky yesterday and went to the ER to have it splinted.  However, i believe the splint was put on incorrectly(it's weirdly bent and was cutting off circulation).

Yes. : Yes. If it is only a day old, it will be easy to reduce again if the reduction has been lost. Also, some finger fractures are unstable enough that they cannot be reduced with a splint and will need some type of operative reduction and stabilization. Having said that, i would return to the er to have the splint adjusted. If you are not satisfied with the reduction and appearance of the finger, you should see a hand surgeon (see link) sooner rather than later (within the next few days.) good luck! ...Read more

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Did I re-fracture my hand? Lifted and threw 100lb maybe.

Did I re-fracture my hand? Lifted and threw 100lb maybe.

Possible: You re-fracture recently healed fracture or old healed fracture if you apply enough force on it to break the bone. Thank you. ...Read more

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Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Fracture: Yes it is certainly possible to re-fracture a bone especially is there is another trauma or incident that causes injury. If this is the case an x-ray is warranted. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Do open fractures in finger usually get an infection, even when they're bandaged?

Do open fractures in finger usually get an infection, even when they're bandaged?

Finger Fracture: Open finger fractures have a higher rate of infection then closed finger fractures but a lower rate of infection than open fractures in other areas of the body. They are usually treated with irrigation, debridement, fixation as needed and oral or IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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I had a severe injury in may of this year. Fractured ulna and dislocation of elbow. Any comments re: surgery?

I had a severe injury in may of this year. Fractured ulna and dislocation of elbow. Any comments re: surgery?

Monteggia?: A fracture of the ulna w/ associated radial head subluxation / dislocation (@ elbow) is known as a monteggia fx./ dislocation. If recognized treatment is orif of the ulna( plating) and reduction of the radial head dislocation.( it usually reduces spontaneously after fixing ulna)... ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more