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Compound Fracture Of The Spine
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
It is very rear to: Have compound fracture of the vertebra, the treatment principle of the compound fracture any place should be followed the treating surgeon should be spine surgeon. ...Read more
Many ways: It depends on the severity of the fracture (fracture pattern and location) and severity of the soft tissue injury. Some open fractures can be treated with a "wash-out" and immediate internal fixation to stabilize the fracture. Others may require an external fixator for stabilization. The classification of the soft-tissue injury is factor in determining the type of stabilization. ...Read more
Fractures: Can be treated in a number of ways including placing a rod in the marrow or canal of the bones. Metal plates and screws can also be used to hold the bones in place. Occasionally we can also use external fixators whereby pins are placed in the bones and stick out of the skin and are held together by rods ...Read more
Yes: Trauma patients typically have a major inflammatory reaction during and immediately following the traumatic event. Many signaling pathways are initiated and inflammatory reactive substances are elevated including il-1, il-6 and tnf-alpha; all of which are pyretic (fever producing) agents. ...Read more
Skin wounds: A compound fracture means the skin is broken and the boner came out. If you suspect this you need antibiotics and it needs to be washed out by a medical provider as well as xrays for treatment of the fracture. ...Read more
Potentially very bad: It could be potentially very dangerous specially if the fracture is contaminated by outside material. It could get infected with severte consequences. Every open fracture should be cleaned, debrided if necessary and dressed. Antibiotics is an option depending upon the degree on contamination. ...Read more
Compound fracture: Depends. A compound fracture has bone fragments piercing the skin. Healing depends on the general health, the severity of the fracture, the surgery, whether there is damage to nerves and vessels along with other soft tissue, and the occurrance of any complications. Healing may be delayed due to many factors. ...Read more
Crushing injuries: Major car crashes and industrial crushing injuries, fall from great height, and collision sports often result in coompound fractures--basically complete fracture of the bone with fragmentations at the fracture site--see picture. Live well. Live safely. Protect yourself. Protect your family. Good luck. ...Read more
Surgical: Always surgical.Get a more detailed answer ›
See below: Keep weight off the area and elevate the fractured area. ...Read more
Apply lots of force: But I wouldn't recommend it.Get a more detailed answer ›
Compound fracture: 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 antibiotics and washing out. ...Read more
Varies: They are several factors taking place when making a decision as how to treat an open fx (compound fx)all depend what degree of contamination, is just a punture wound or is the bone sticking out trough the skin, is the fx comminuted (several pieces)or simple fx. So you can see that the treatment varies according those conditions. ...Read more
Length of time: Depends on type of fracute, location, smoking history, age. Simple greenstick about 6 weeka if not displaced. Longer variable if displaced. ...Read more
Variable: If all goes well, 8 weeks to heal. Then start getting your motion and strength back. ...Read more
It is okay if the: Fracture healed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Compound fracture of my left humerus with staples. Only seeing Dr after three weeks. Is this too long for staples to be in?
Staples: Only the stapler can answer this. But not likely too long. ...Read more
Why does a person with compound fracture needs an emergency operation? What will happen to him if there's a delay in the operation?
Open or compound: Fractures are associated with a higher incidence of infection, the higher the energy and the larger the hole in the tissue that leads to the bone the greater risk for infection with a fracture. Studies have shown that early cleaning and washing of these fractures and care of the fracture if possible or if needed with fixation leads to a better outcome. Particularly with respect to infection there is a critical time frame where washing the fracture out lowers the the infection rate there are other factors such as the use of proper antibiotics the proper debridement of wounds and as noted before whether not to fix the fracture fully or partially to the fracture or not however the main thing about compound open fractures this that they need medical treatment right away so the right decision can be made made. ...Read more
Are you supposed to put a constricting bandage and tourniquet loosely in position before or after applying a splint to a compound fracture?
See below: In general unless there is pulsatile or excessive bleeding to the extremity unstoppable with a local compressive pressure dressing and immobilization in a near anatomic position a tourniquet is not necessary. Emergent hospital evaluation call 911 immediately! ...Read more
Compound fracture is: Not used anymore. The classifications are open: where the fracture breaks the skin, or closed. Comminuted means many pieces. The bruising from all fractures resolves according to the amount of blood in the area, the more energy used to cause the fracture the greater the damage, so longer to resolve. The picture is of a closed, angulated junction of the distal/middle shaft of both bones, forearm in yng ...Read more
Two options: I would recommend seeing either a podiatrist or a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Variable: Can last for awhile but see your surgeon to rule out infection... ...Read more
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
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
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