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What is the healing time for a broken/fractured tibia?

What is the healing time for a broken/fractured tibia?

Fracture healing: Fractures typically take 6-8 weeks to heal at the earliest and may take longer. The best you can do is follow your surgeon's advice and if you do not take a multivitamin with calcium and vitamin d, you may want to consider this to help your bone get all the nutrition it needs to heal properly and as quickly as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
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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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What is the healing time of tibia fracture after nonunion surgery?

What is the healing time of tibia fracture after nonunion surgery?

It varies: A non complicated tibia fracture usually heals in any where between 6-12 weeks. If you have already had a tibia fracture which did not heal, which is what a nonunion is, it really depends on the nature of your problem and the type of surgery done. In the best cases scenario, it will heal in6-8 weeks. In the worst, it may not heal again. You would sure want to avoid nicotine and nsaids. Thanks. ...Read more

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How long would the healing time be for a broken/fractured tibia?

Healing time: The average healing time for a tibia fracture that did not break through the skin is 4.5 months. For fractures that are more severe or break through the skin the average time is increased to 5.5 months. ...Read more

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Will weight have an effect on healing of broken tibia? Fractured with a rod. Walk on it, but it hurts. I am an obese 40 yr old female

Will weight have an effect on healing of broken tibia? Fractured with a rod. Walk on it, but it hurts. I am an obese 40 yr old female

Being obese: means that we are putting extra weight/stress on our body. This especially impacts weight bearing bones and joints. The more morbid the obesity - the more this can impact. So, being a healthy weight would be a +. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment option for a 90 year old with a slightly fractured tibia, who also has problems healing wounds and poor circulation?

A cast: Depends in fracture pattern if it is in fact a slight fracture nondisplaced and stable a cast and DVT Prophylaxis and crutch / walker training or wheel chair if strength and balance poor must prevent DVT and falls hope that helps ...Read more

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Fractured tibia medial malleolus non displaced no surgery, 13wks and no healing on xray. Will bearing weight or massage help healing?

Bone stimulator: As long as there is no displacement, it may just need a little jump start. The best way to do achieve this is via a bone stimulator. A device about the size of an ipod is strapped to your leg and transmits a current across the fracture site. Such a charge is actually a physiologic response to bone healing. ...Read more

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I would like to get a second opinion for my daughter she is 47yrs, handicapped, she has a fractured tibia (right leg), the fracture occurred 6/29/2011, it would apprear she is not healing well, she has limited mobility, and is treated for various neuro a

I would like to get a second opinion for my daughter she is 47yrs, handicapped, she has 
a fractured tibia (right leg), the fracture occurred 6/29/2011, it would apprear she is not healing well, she has limited
mobility, and is treated for various neuro a

Her : Her fracture is more than 6 months old at this time. That is called a non union. You mention that she is handicap in general terms so it is difficult to see the impact of the fracture in her quality of life. If she has pain, and is having difficulty with mobility whatever it may be or difficulty with basic care the fracture should be addressed. Non invasive management would include functional bracing with a bone stimulator. Other options are surgical. Thomas jefferson should have some fine orthopedist to help your daughter. Hope all goes well with your daughter. ...Read more

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What is the typical healing time for a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula?

What is the typical healing time for a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula?

Unpredictable: The healing time is very dependent on the amount of soft tissue damage that occurs at the time of the fracture. Compound fractures are those that have an opening in the skin associated with them, but it's not the opening but rather the amount of skin, tissue and bone loss as well as possible injuries to blood vessels and nerves that determines the time for healing. ...Read more

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What kind of surgery is needed to repair a fractured tibia?

Usuallly a Rod: Depending upon the location of the fracture, and the type of fracture, various rx are available - the intramedullary nail is the commonest. Plates and screws are used nearer the knee and ankle. Occasionally, an external fixator is used. ...Read more