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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
64 Doctors shared insights

Compound Fracture (Definition)

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


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How is a compound fracture stabilized post op?

How is a compound fracture stabilized post op?

Depend upon the loca: Depend upon where the fracture is and what bone or bones are involved. The most common methods are either plate, screws and if severly contaminated an external fixator. ...Read more

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How could I treat a compound fracture to my vertebra?

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

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How is a compound fracture typically stabilized after surgery?

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

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Can you tell me how is a compound fracture stabilized after surgery?

Can you tell me how is a compound fracture stabilized after surgery?

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

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Can a compound fracture leave you disabled if you don't go for rehab?

Can a compound fracture leave you disabled if you don't go for rehab?

Depends: The first issue with a compound or open fracture is preventing an infection with debridement and antibiotics.
Disability could occur from malalignment, fracture not healing, and/or arthritis.
Rehabilitation can help after a fracture but is not always required. ...Read more

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Is a temperature of 38 celcius in accident patient with compound fracture normal?

Is a temperature of 38 celcius in accident patient with compound fracture normal?

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

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How do I know it is a compound fracture?

How do I know it is a compound fracture?

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

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How bad is it to ignore a compound fracture?

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

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How long will a compound fracture take to heal?

How long will a compound fracture take to heal?

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

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What are the major symptoms of compound fracture?

What are the major symptoms of compound fracture?

Open wound, fracture: Compound fractures are relatively easy to identify as they are open wounds with a broken bone at the opening. In addition to obvious trauma, pain, and bleeding, a compound fracture also causes the injured area to appear deformed. ...Read more

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What's the easiest way to get a compound fracture?

What's the easiest way to get a compound fracture?

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

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How can one relieve the pain from a compound fracture?

See below: Keep weight off the area and elevate the fractured area. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: compound fracture?

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

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What is the main difference between a compound fracture and a contusion?

Injury Type: A contusion is essentially an area of injured tissue with ruptured capillaries - what is commonly referred to as a "bruise." a compound fracture is also called an "open fracture" and it is a broken bone that has erupted through the skin. ...Read more

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What is prescribed for a compound fracture in the right arm?

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

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What is the average healing time for a compound fracture of the leg?

What is the average healing time for a compound fracture of the leg?

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

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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

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Are you supposed to put a constricting bandage and tourniquet loosely in position before or after applying a splint to a compound fracture?

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

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Treatments for a compound fracture in my foot?

Depends: Depends on the details of the fracture and their location. Treatments could include cast immobilization to surgical intervention. Evaluation by a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon would be beneficial. ...Read more

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How long does bruising last after a compound fracture?

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

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How long should swelling last with compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

Variable: Can last for awhile but see your surgeon to rule out infection... ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
792 Doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,317 Doctors shared insights

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