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