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How long should you wait with a broken bone before surgery?

How long should you wait with a broken bone before surgery?

Depends: It depends on the fracture but in general the sooner they are repaired, the better. However, for some injuries with significant soft tissue problems and/or fracture blisters, surgery should to be delayed to allow the soft tissues to heal. The delay could be several days. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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 should you wait before having surgery on a broken bone?

How long should you wait before having surgery on a broken bone?

Broken bone: Not all broken bones need surgery. Those that do require surgery should be fixed as soon as the soft tissues allow. This varies depending on location. For example, some ankle injuries require a bit longer to allow swelling to resolve before the skin is safe for surgery. Other injuries should be fixed asap such as hip fractures or femur fractures. Talk with your ortho doc. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up every day with my hand swollen. I had surgery due to car accident broken bone and damaged nerves in that hand.

Why do I wake up every day with my hand swollen. I had surgery due to car accident broken bone and damaged nerves in that hand.

Venous issue?: May have also injured veins in hand and arm which may cause tendency to swell. Try sleeping with hand elevated on pillow and the more regularly you exercise hand and arm the tendecy should gradually go away. If elevation does not reduce swells ng may need evaluation for clot in veins ...Read more

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I had a distal tibial fracture 4m ago. Transverse n comminuted. Surgery was carried out wid plates. Bones r weak. How long it'll take to heal?

I had a distal tibial fracture 4m ago. Transverse n comminuted. Surgery was carried out wid plates. Bones r weak. How long it'll take to heal?

Should be healed by: Now. Weakness is from being immobilized to allow the bone to heal by non wt bearing. Once your orthopod deems the fx healed, he'll start a supervised p therapy, to increase: strength of muscles & range of motion in your ankle/foot. This can take about 3-4 months, depending on the severity of the injury, result of the surgery, pain control, etc, and how motivated a pt. Is in improving himself. ...Read more

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Doctors told that I have to undergo for a surgery for surgical correct ion of long bone fracture My qstn is after accident in how much time It will do?

Doctors told that I have to undergo for a surgery for surgical correct ion of long bone fracture My qstn is after accident in how much time It will do?

I'm confused!: I don't quite understand your question. But if you are wondering when to get the surgery, discuss the best timing with your doctor. If you are wondering about how long it takes to recover, again that question is best asked by your doctor, who knows how serious your injury is and will have a better idea after the surgery is done, because he will have seen the extent of the damage. ...Read more

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How long DES it take to heal bone fracture in 81 year old after surgery (big toe fracture and wrist dislocation)?

6-8 weeks: Bone fractures are generally healed completely in 6-8 weeks. It is safe to say there is some degree of osteoporosis in a 81 year old but this is a general rule. ...Read more

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Do you know which metal used for making surgical rods used in bone fracture surgery?

Do you know which metal used for making surgical rods used in bone fracture surgery?

From studies....: ...Surgical stainless is strong but bendable, titanium has about the same elasticity of bone, but if exceeded can break. The selection is up 2 the surgeon to use the implant that hopefully meets his needs 2 treat the fracture. So there are weaknesses in each choice. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which metal used for making surgical rods used in bone fracture surgery?

Any suggestions on which metal used for making surgical rods used in bone fracture surgery?

Different metals: Different companies use different types of metal for their surgical hardware. They are usually made of metals such as titanium alloys, or other alloys containing cobalt-chromium, molybdenum, or nickel. ...Read more

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Bone infection from surgery for compound fracture. Why?

MSSA: Most likely a staph, perhaps mssa or MRSA depending on the community. ...Read more

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Could a transversal fracture of the 4th metacarpal bone in the hand require surgery?

Unstable: Transverse fracture of 4th metacarpal tends to be unstable and difficult to stabilize with closed reduction and casting. It often requires open reduction and internal fixation for adequate stabilization to allow fracture to heal in anatomic position. ...Read more

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Hey docs, should my baby have his bone broken by surgery to repair that grew back with a bow after fracture?

Hey docs, should my baby have his bone broken by surgery to repair that grew back with a bow after fracture?

Depends! Usually ba-: Bies do not require anything done, as their bones can remodel (ie: correct any bowing etc) if a deformity did result from an injury. A rotational deformity may not be fully correctable, or if a growth plate problem occurs, then corrective surgery maybe an option. Generally one waits till the baby is older.
See a peadiatric or an ortho trauma surgeon, for an evaluation.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Does a nondisplaced anterior nasal bone fracture need surgery?

Does a nondisplaced anterior nasal bone fracture need surgery?

Not usually: Need to allow the swelling to go down and if that is the only issue, then surgery is not needed, but there could be cartilage damage in the nose area and that requires a physician exam to make a decision. ...Read more

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Can leg tilt be corrected after bone fracture after 6 years without surgery?

Can leg tilt be corrected after bone fracture after 6 years without surgery?

Generally, yes: However, It depends on the bone and the location of the fracture. Long bone fractures have better outcomes after osteotomy (rebreak and realignment) than fractures that extend into joint. At 6 years, even at your young age, if you had a fracture into a joint that healed irregularly, the joint may already have significant wear and tear (degenerative arthritis). See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm getting a micro fracture surgery done on my shoulder in about 2 weeks. I have a bone cyst in my shoulder socket, how will this surgery help?

Get second opinion!: Shoulder surgery is the worst of all joint surgeries & takes months to heal. If you go ahead for surgery add all factors to enable rapid healing. Read drhoffman. Com &
Dr. Hoffman narrates beautifully his journey after his hip fracture from a fall during triatholon event. He had hip surgery & describes all the supplements he took for rapid union. ...Read more

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I have a rupture burst fracture at the t-12 2 0f 3 layers of bone are gone and bone fragments are all over do you suggest surgery fearing piercing?

Not enough info: This sounds very worrisome, but I don't have enough information to answer your question. Burst fractures can lead to spinal cord injury. If you have normal nerve function, you may have time for a second opinion to help you figure this out; however, if you are experiencing worsening neurological symptoms, then surgery will almost certainly be your best course. ...Read more

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Is another X-ray needed to check fractured bone after surgery & before starting phy. Thrpy? My doctor told me to do p.T. A week after surgery w/o xray

Is another X-ray needed to check fractured bone after surgery & before starting phy. Thrpy? My doctor told me to do p.T. A week after surgery w/o xray

Trust him/her: I can understand your concern but remember the reason for your surgery was to stabilize your fracture. Your doctor must feel confident that this has been done with the surgical procedure performed. Might have even taken an intra-operative x-ray to assure good alignment. I'll tell you a little secret about surgeons, doctors in general, we want good outcomes otherwise it makes us look bad. Do pt. ...Read more

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After placing the metal plate on 5th metacarpal bone, How many months will it take to recover Boxer's Fracture (5th metacarpal) completely in order to go for metal plate removal (second surgery).?

After placing the metal plate on 5th metacarpal bone, How many months will it take to recover Boxer's Fracture (5th metacarpal) completely in order to go for metal plate removal (second surgery).?

6-8 weeks: Most likely it take 6-8 weeks for the bone to heal.
they might want to wait for at least three month before to decide to have it removed.

check with the surgeon that put it there.

they will let you know what they preferred. ...Read more

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Are risks and outcomes worth surgery to r/o plri, bone fragment, unknown for decreasing clicking 30 times a day post radial head fracture 8 months ag?

Are risks and outcomes worth surgery to r/o plri, bone fragment, unknown for decreasing clicking 30 times a day post radial head fracture 8 months ag?

Possibly: Unclear to me what the issue is, however if persistent clicking is present following a radial head fracture it could be related to plri or an intra-articular loose body. Examination and imaging should be able to determine this. Surgery to "rule-out" plri is not recommended. If plri is present, reconstruction of the ligament should be considered. ...Read more

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I have ligament damage due to an untreated ankle fracture the bones have healed, will the ligaments heal or do I need surgery?

I have ligament damage due to an untreated ankle fracture the bones have healed, will the ligaments heal or do I need surgery?

Maybe: But you need to have this checked out to see what damage has actually occurred and what can be done to heal ankle.Orthotics and supportive shoes are also important. Refrain from weightbearing activity. ...Read more

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Do Diclofenac 100mg per day (1st day X3) Impair bone fracture healing? My clavicle fracture not healed after 10days&indicated for surgery. Stop?

Do Diclofenac 100mg per day (1st day X3) Impair bone fracture healing? My clavicle fracture not healed after 10days&indicated for surgery. Stop?

Maybe: It may interfere worth bone healing. Keep in mind, it usually takes about 6 weeks the fracture heal. Would be better to stop the medication and take vitamin D 5000 units daily for 6 weeks to help the bone healing.
If the bone is not well aligned, you may need surgery. ...Read more

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Are risks & outcomes worth surgery for? Plri, bone fragment, unknown for clicking 30 times a day post radial head fracture - 8 months ago plus rehab?

Yes: You should have had an MRI by now to look at the details or a ct scan.

I think that you need to have it scoped and the ortho surgeon can definitely see what is going on and see what needs to be done next while in the or.

A good surgeon will give you a few of the likely possibilities in the office beforehand. ...Read more

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Are risks & outcomes worth surgery for? Plri, bone fragment, unknown for clicking 30 times a day post radial head fracture - 8 months ago plus rehab?

Depend overall healt: It depends on your overall health. It should be a short procedure between 30-45 min and if conservative measures have not helped in over 6 months and it is interfering with quality of life and causing moderate discomfort, it makes sense to proceed with surgery. If you do not have co-morbid issues that can cause problems with surgery (liver issues, poorly controlled htn, diabetes), emphysema ok. ...Read more

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Incurred an ankle fracture (bone chips) & torn ligaments 25 yrs ago. Daily pain with any weight bearing activity. How might surgery help?

Incurred an ankle fracture (bone chips) & torn ligaments 25 yrs ago. Daily pain with any weight bearing activity. How might surgery help?

Maybe: It depends on what your physical exam and xrays show. There are several procedures that may be considered aNd you could consider evaluation with your pmd and or orthopedic surgeon to discuss ...Read more

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How strong is a finger bone eight weeks post-fracture? Is it ready for return to contact sports? (in my case, pinned under surgery, now full movement)

Bony healing?: An x-ray would help to be reassured that healing is mature after 8 weeks especially if you are returning to combat. Full flexibility will be necessary to avoid reinjury. Depending on the type of sport such as prize fighting, football or basketball and the likelihood of a hand injury, I might demand the first two tests and still wait for a total of three months. ...Read more

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I'm a 32yr old female. I had micro-fracture surgery on the articular cartilage of the femoral bone a year ago in march. I still cannot go up steps without tremendous pain. What steps should I take next?

Microfracture: You need follow up evaluation & possible mri. Microfracture is not successful 100% of the time. Other conservative options may include injections of cortisone or hyaluronic acid, pt, bracing, etc. Surgical options include repeat microfracture, osteochondral autograft (oats or mosaicplasty), or autologous chondrocyte implantation. ...Read more

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I broke my collar bone last year an there is a lump where I fracture it no surgery needed how do I get rid of it?

You can not: Lump is due to the callous formation at the fracture site. Once is there will stay there for ever unless surgycal procedure is done. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more