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Doctor insights on: Distal Fibula Lateral Malleolus

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Help please? How long for a broken distal fibula to heal?

Help please? How long for a broken distal fibula 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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What does it mean when a radiologist writes "Lucency is noted in the distal fibula doubtful significance"?

What does it mean when a radiologist writes "Lucency is noted in the distal fibula doubtful significance"?

Lucency is when : The area of the bone is darker in color. Keep in mind bone is white. So a lucency or dark color would indicate a lack of bone in that area. Sometimes, it could be due to a cyst which would be a hollow type area because of lack of bone. Sometimes there could be a shadow effect or overlap of bone and that could be a reason they don't feel there is significance. ...Read more

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Distal fibula fracture - is it recommended to have an amputation?

Distal fibula fracture - is it recommended to have an amputation?

Nope.: Distal fibula and lateral ankle fractures usually repond well to immobilization and time. Displaced fractures may require open reduction and fixation. If there is an associated loss of soft tissue coverage, nerve damage with loss of sensation or complications with the circulation or infection, then an amputation may need to be considered. ...Read more

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Distal fibula fracture - is it possible to have an amputation?

Distal fibula fracture - is it possible to have an amputation?

Not usually : The fibula is the smaller bone in the lower leg. Fractures may require casting or surgery. There would have to be other injuries to result in the need for such a drastic procedure. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have any amputation for distal fibula fracture?

Is it possible to have any amputation for distal fibula fracture?

Very unlikely: A fibula fracture would not warrant an amputation unless you have some reason that the surgical wound fails to heal and it gets a very bad infection. If you're diabetic or have very bad vascular disease, this may lead to a delayed amputation, but this is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Radiologist wrote- lucency in distal fibula doubtful signifance (left leg). What does that mean?

Radiologist wrote- lucency in distal fibula doubtful signifance (left leg). What does that mean?

A benign lesion.: Bone lesions can be 'soft' or 'hard' (lucent or sclerotic) on xrays depending on how much calcium/phosphorus content. Both types can be benign or cancerous. Radiologists evaluate a bone lesion's borders, size, location, any associated findings, number, and few other variables to determine whether it falls in the benign or malignant category. Sometimes its a normal anatomic finding as well. ...Read more