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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
3M people helped
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Does a fractured femur in a child have to be painful?

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
3M people helped
Does a fractured femur in a child have to be painful?

Pain: Unfortunately, a fractured femur for child or adult is going to be painful. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified
22 years in practice
170K people helped
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
22 years in practice
1M people helped
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How long does it take to heal a fractured femur?

Dr. Brian Chimenti
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
22 years in practice
1M people helped
How long does it take to heal a fractured femur?

Fracture: Most bones with good blood supply that are capable of healing will mend within 6-8 weeks. Not all fractures heal easily though, which is influenced by location, displacement, age, health/nutritional status, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Keith Joe
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
14 years in practice
175K people helped
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How long does it take for a fractured femur to heal?

Dr. Keith Joe
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
14 years in practice
175K people helped

6-8 weeks: Generally broken bones can take on average 6 weeks to heal but this can vary to some degree. The femur being encased in a thick muscular layer is very vascular so does tend to heal well. Would expect it be healed 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Roland
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
612K people helped
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Why do i itch after surgery? (fractured femur)

Dr. Aaron Roland
Board Certified, Family Medicine
30 years in practice
612K people helped
Why do i itch after surgery? (fractured femur)

Healing or drugs?: Sometimes healing is associated with itching. As wounds heal you may feel itchy at the site of the wound. Alternatively, pain drugs, particularly opiates, can make you itch all over. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified
22 years in practice
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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
29 years in practice
4M people helped
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After getting off crutches what is the rehab time for a fractured femur?

Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
29 years in practice
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After getting off crutches what is the rehab time for a fractured femur?

Femur Fracture: 4-6 weeks, then another 4 weeks of return to specific activities such as sports. ...Read more

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
621K people helped
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What is done for a fractured femur bone ?

Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
621K people helped
What is done for a fractured femur bone ?

Femur fracture: Most femur fractures in adults are managed withsurgical repair. Most often, for fractures in the shaft of the bone, an im rod is inserted. For fractures above or extending into the knee, special plates and screws are used. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Dunbar
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
23 years in practice
188K people helped
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What kind of things should I keep in mind when taking care of an 88 year old female with a fractured femur?

Dr. Robert Dunbar
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
23 years in practice
188K people helped
What kind of things should I keep in mind when taking care of an 88 year old female with a fractured femur?

Overall condition: Stable fixation with a quality reduction of the fracture that enables the patient to resume activity, including weight-bearing are all important. Getting patients fixed, to minimize lung problems, bedsores, & blood clots are all important. Making sure that the patient is treated promptly, but not before being optimized for surgery is also important. The elderly often have little reserve. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexios Apazidis
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
12 years in practice
49K people helped
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How long before i can walk on a fractured femur i have full mobility of the leg with no pain its been four weeks since a rod was put in?

Dr. Alexios Apazidis
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
12 years in practice
49K people helped
How long before i can walk on a fractured femur i have full mobility of the leg with no pain its been four weeks since a rod was put in?

Fracture healing: It depends! Was your fracture a simple or complex type and how was it fixed? Simple fractures fixed with a rod construct can bear weight immediately and it helps them to heal. We encourage weight bearing in these cases. Complex fractures fixed with plates and screws may need much longer before walking. There is also the question of whether you have osteoporosis or feel pain when walking. ...Read more

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Dr. John Grobman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
109K people helped
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What is the implication of the rod and screw in fractured femur bowing on X-ray 8 weeks post op in 58 year old male?

Dr. John Grobman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
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What is the implication of the rod and screw in fractured femur bowing on X-ray 8 weeks post op in 58 year old male?

Could be a problem: If the surgeon felt this was new bowing that could be due to too much stress on the rod. That would be very unusual with modern rods as they are very strong...Especially to see as early as 8 weeks. If it is just on an x-ray report you need to talk to your orthopedist as it us likely nothing. Most rods are normally bowed and may bow slightly more after being inserted. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Bronstein
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
80K people helped
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What nursing intervention is indicated for leg cast for fractured femur?

Dr. Andrew Bronstein
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
80K people helped

Skin care: Leg casts for femur fractures can develop pressure sores at the proximal and distal areas of the cast. Also if in a very young child, soiling of the padding can lead to eventual skin breakdown. Meticulous inspection of the cast margins a couple times of day to make sure there are not visible pressure points, redness or abrasions would be helpful. Cast modification/change may be needed. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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