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How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Broken Tibia Typically
4-6 months: Really depends on how it was broke, how it was fixed, etc but realistically speaking the bone can take 3-4 months to heal based on location and your muscles will take additional time to recover if you were non weight bearing for a period of time. Expect improvements overall for upwards to a year. ...Read more
How long does it take to fully recover from a broken tibia. Break is 5 inches above foot and it didn't need any surgery and was put in a full leg cast?
8 to 12 weeks: 8 to 12 weeks to heal on average. However, X-rays will be needed to determine when you have healed. Some patients can take as long as 6 months. Make sure you completely follow your physicians instructions regarding non-weight bearing etc.. ...Read more
How long does it take for all the soft tissue to heal after surgery to repair broken tibia plateau?
Depends: This depends on many factors, including the severity of the fracture, the extent and type of surgery that was done, as well as any co-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, smoking, etc. For a healthy patient with no other medical problems, the soft tissues should largely heal within a couple of weeks. Your doctor will likely follow you closely to keep an eye on your healing. ...Read more
6 weeks: If it is an uncomplicated fracture of each and immobilised properly, they will take 6 weeks to heal. If they are complicated by being displaced, infected or affecting a joint surface it may take longer. ...Read more
Broken tibia, no surgery - the soft bone around the break has all formed, how long should it take to harden/calcify? It's been 9 weeks since the break
Get re-evaluated....: If a fracture is splinted properly a normal bone repair time is 4 to 6 weeks. If you have not seen this result you should see an orthopedic surgeon. There are folks that heal slower. There are problems with healing like delayed union and non union. Your doctor can help you with this. ...Read more
Broken tibia fibula operated with intramedullary rod. How long it may take 2 heal to walk? I am 22. Will I be able to play football with the rod inside?
Yes: Just 'rodded ' a broken tibia today... Young men who have fractured tibias which are rodded and 'locked' w/ proximal and distal screws can weight bear fairly quickly, usually w/ in the first week (w/ crutches). Most times the tibia fractures heal in 2-3 months and young adults can return to sports usually @ 3-4 months w/ intramedullary rod in place. Check w/ your ors. Gl! ...Read more
Follow Instructions: If you follow your orthopaedic surgeon's instructions, you will recover the fastest. Instructions he/she will give you will depend on the type and location of your fracture and if surgery was needed or not. But if you do not heed his/her instructions, then you can potentially experience some complications. ...Read more
Go ahead if stable: This obviously depends upon a few things. Here are a few. First, are you comfortable? Second, how was it fixed? Third, when was it fixed? Hopefully, it was fixed in a stable fashion and if so, and you are comfortable, then sex should be safe. Just avoid applying any weight to the fixed bone, ie. Don't stand on that leg, until your doctor tells you that it has healed. Good luck! ...Read more
Skin infection?: It might have been given if you had a break in the skin with concern about skin infections. Broken bones without breaks in the skin don't require antibiotics. ...Read more
I had surgery to insert plate & 6 screws (1 to be removed) after broken tibia, torn lgmnts & cartldg. Should I worry about foreign objects in my body?
Can you tell me about the best method to treat a broken tibia and fibula bone of past six yeats that has not healed well.?
? Need to see X-ray: Cannot say without looking @ your most recent x-rays. Depends where it was broken and what treatment you have had already. It would also be helpful to know what symptoms you are experiencing now (pain, deformity, etc.)gl! ...Read more
I have a broken tibia and fibula. Doc says he wants to put in pin and rod. I'm a athlete and I don't want it. Do I need it. Can I heal naturally or no?
Choices: The doc suggesting pins/rods suggests poor position. Bones will heal by themselves naturally, but if they are not aligned well, then they will heal badly aligned. As an athlete you will probably get a better result and probably not need a 6 week cast with the rods/pins. We stich lacerations to facilitate healing and good alignment, but unstitched will heal. Is basically the same with bones.. ...Read more
Broken Tibia on right ankle. Ankle reduction 2 weeks ago, no improvement in new X-ray. What should I do?
Relax! Don't do it.: Even with a spectacular reduction of the fracture, two weeks is hardly enough time judge improvement. A lot of bone absorption followed by bone deposition has to occur. Sometimes early x-rays may look like the healing has stalled or even reversed. Be patient and let your body do it's stuff. ...Read more
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
Hi there! Last week I got my cast off my leg as I had a broken tibia (close to the knee). Will I be able to wear heels this weekend?
Doubt it: Because there has been muscle atrophy, stressing the calf, which will happen with heels, will lead to fatigue and pain. Strengthen your legs for a couple of weeks. It should not harm the bone that was fractured, but allow your body to heal ...Read more
Broken tibia & fibula in 99. Leg length discrepancy 1.5" but only tibia is short. Fibula bowing. Problems from feet up. Pursue Taylor spatial frame?
Post fracture: This should only be decided by you and the ortho you trust ...Read more
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Need surgery for broken tibia fibula 18days ago. Plate screw or rod which be better? Had ACL reconstruction&knee arthoscopy twice last year. Xray uplodd
Depends: Depends upon many factors that I am unable to tell from your description. Where is the fracture, do you have metal hardware, etc. ...Read more
3 months: Typically, in an uncomplicated case it takes 3 months (6-8 weeks for initial healing and an additional 6-8 weeks for early remodeling). ...Read more
6-12 weeks: Anything from 6-12 weeks depending on whether you are weight bearing on it or not. ...Read more
Should a 90 year old with a broken tibia and poor circulation have surgery to correct it or will it heal on its own?
Depends: If displaced, open, unstable or comminuted the surgical choice may actually be the least risky over all as it may allow earlier mobilization. If closed, acceptably aligned, and multiple other risk factors then non surgical treatment may be the less risky option ...Read more
I had broken my tibia and fibula in an accident. It had been 3 months. How much time will it take to recover fully?
2-3mo: While most bones heal on average in 6 wks, the tibia is prone to delayed healing or even non healing. Partially as this bone is not fully encased in vascular muscle tissue and vascularity= healing. It isn't unusual for this bone to take upwards of 3+ mo to heal. And in adults often warrants surgery as well to stabilize the break while it heals. ...Read more
I had a tibia sesamoidectomy 3 weeks ago. When I stand, my foot immediately begins to swell. The color of my foot changes to a reddish & blue color. How long will it take for the swelling to go away & begin walking. Also how long does it take for the pain
How long does it take to heal from a fractured tibia 3" above ankle and a compression fracture to the femur right below the knee. No surgery needed.
The sentence 4 a fx-: -as U describe R served concurrently. U will B in a cast which should B long leg. I am assuming the compression fx it in the tibia, not the femur if it's below the knee. Young health kid like U, U should B out in 7-8 weeks & ready to play again in another 3-5. Need 2 get motion back & especially strength. ...Read more
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