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Doctor insights on: Fractured Femur In The Elderly

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How long does it take to heal a fractured femur?

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. Dariush Saghafi
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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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How long does it take for a fractured femur to heal?

How long does it take for a fractured femur to heal?

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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Why do i itch after surgery? (fractured femur)

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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What is done for a fractured femur bone ?

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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What kind of things should I keep in mind when taking care of an 88 year old female with a fractured femur?

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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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?

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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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?

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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What nursing intervention is indicated for leg cast for fractured femur?

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