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Doctor insights on: If I Refuse Surgery For A Fractured Vertebrae Will It Heal On Its Own

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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Is a women able to have a child with ankloysing after vertebrae fractures and surgery?

Is a women able to have a child with ankloysing after vertebrae fractures and surgery?

Yes: Yes, you likely should not have any problem conceiving or having a child solely based on your spinal surgery/fracture, as vertebral fractures don't affect the shape/morphology of you pelvic inlet/outlet. However, you have to discuss this with a spine surgeon in your area. They may need to evaluate you, and then review your post-operative images and any residual symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a vertebral compression fracture, what other surgeries, other than balloon kyphoplasty, is there that could help relieve nerve compression?

I have a vertebral compression fracture, what other surgeries, other than balloon kyphoplasty, is there that could help relieve nerve compression?

Serious: Most compression fractures do not require a surgical intervention for associated nerve compression. If there is serious canal compromise, then a fusion performed either with a corpectomy or laminectomy would be recommended. Of course, there are cases where a kyphoplasty is combined with fusion/laminectomy depending on the best needs of the patient. ...Read more

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Is surgery necessary for a fractured eye socket to heal?

Is surgery necessary for a fractured eye socket to heal?

Not necessarily...: If it is just a simple fracture and your eye is functioning normally, no surgery is needed. It will heal. If the fracture is severe i.e. Pushing your eyeball out/in and not moving eye well, or severe deformity etc...Then you need surgery etc...Otherwise, just observation and time...Maybe something for pain such as motrin/tylenol etc...Consult your doc...
Good luck. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery if my fracture doesn't heal after 6 weeks?

Do I need surgery if my fracture doesn't heal after 6 weeks?

No: No. There are multiple reasons we do surgery for fractures, but this does not typically include the lack of complete healing by six weeks. Many fractures take longer than that to heal but don't need surgery. Discuss the specifics of your case with your doctor ...Read more

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Hey, my jaw got fractured in spent ember and the initial surgery of putting plates and screws in my jaw etc didn't heal properly after 10 weeks of?

What to do:: Why are you seeking advice on the internet from dentists who have not treated you and know nothing of your specific circumstances? I strongly recommend that you consult with the Oral Surgeon or other doctors treating you and if necessary get a second opinion from other well respected professionals in your area. ...Read more

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If I have a lisfranc fracture, do I need to have surgery or will things heal on their own?

If I have a lisfranc fracture, do I need to have surgery or will things heal on their own?

Usually surgery: Most lisfranc injuries require surgery, as this can be an unstable midfoot injury which can lead to chronic midfoot pain and arthritis. If the fracture is in normal alignment, you may be able to treat this with a cast, but if there is any degree of displacement (which there usually is) then fixation is preferable to help prevent long term midfoot problems. ...Read more

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Is it possible to heal a tibial sesamoid fracture without surgery?

It is possible: Though because the blood supply to this all bone is very fragile, extreme care with this injury should be undertaken.....I.E crutches over walking......Etc etc. ...Read more

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Why won't my hand fracture heal without surgery?

Why won't my hand fracture heal without surgery?

It can: Typically with hand fractures the question is no will it heal but in what position will it heal in. If the fracture is not in a good position your hand function will be compromised. ...Read more

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What is the usual time span for a misplaced fractured sacrum to heal my surgeon has not mentioned surgery if it is misplaced how can it heal.

2-3 months: Tghere are many different types of fractures of the sacrum some require surgery and some do not. Fractures of the sacrum that are directly in line with the weight bearing portion of uor sacrum may require surgery but id=f they are displaced but stable they only require altered weight bearing (crutches) ct scan helps determine which is which along with the mechanism of injury (high or low energy. ...Read more

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Could multiple fractures of the humerus bone heal without having surgery?

Maybe: It depends on the alignment of the fractures and the location of the fractures. ...Read more

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For how long does orbital fracture surgery take to heal?

Rapidly: The facial area is well vascularized and a good blood supply enhances healing. Facial fractures, even which requiring surgical assistance heal rapidly, generally over a period of 1-3 weeks. There can be some minor symptoms which last several months related to re-organization of the disrupted nervous system in the injured area. ...Read more

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Can multiple fractures of the humerus bone heal without having surgery?

Can multiple fractures of the humerus bone heal without having surgery?

Unlikely: While a single fracture that has not moved (nondisplaced) can heal with out surgery, the more fractures present the more likely that surgery will be needed to stabilize the bone. ...Read more

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I'm a 19 year old male and I fractured the cartilage disc on my sc joint on new years. Surgery was not recommended and the injury seemed to heal fi?

I'm a 19 year old male and I fractured the cartilage disc on my sc joint on new years. Surgery was not recommended and the injury seemed to heal fi?

Sc joint: Most sternoclavicular injuries are treat without surgery. If you are doing well now without symptoms 3 mth after injury I would advance activity as tolerated. ...Read more

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How long does it take the bone fractures to fully heal after bypass surgery?

How long does it take the bone fractures to fully heal after bypass surgery?

2 months: If you are referring to the sternotomy incision, that bone should be healed and you should be ok resuming full activity after 2 months. If you are having any discomfort after that time you need to see your doctor to make sure that you are healing, and that there are no complications. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a spiral fracture on the tibia to heal without surgery?

It depends: On the age of the patient, young patient heal faster 6-8 weeks, older patient it take up to 12 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does a wrist fracture surgery take to heal?

How long does a wrist fracture surgery take to heal?

About 6 wks: If the wrist is pinned, it will be fairly strong after surgery, but in most cases one will not want to use it a lot for about 6 weeks. It can be different from surgery to surgery, however, and the orthopedic surgeon doing the surgery can provide the best advice. In most cases, physical therapy will be prescribed to speed and improve recovery. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a trimalleolar fracture without surgery to heal?

6-8 weeks: Bone in a healthy person normally takes 6-8 weeks to heel. Having said that, trimalleolar fractures have the potential of being very debilitating. Along with the broken bones, you probably damaged the soft tissue between the 2 leg bones called the syndesmosis. Soft tissue can take up to 3 months to heel. Given the possible instability of this injury, surgery is sometimes the best option. ...Read more

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Will a non Union rib fracture heal after surgery to cure cushing's disease?

Will a non Union rib fracture heal after surgery to cure cushing's disease?

Not if it is an est-: -ablished non union. It will help in the future but may need surgery this time. Get evaluation by a thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Non-union of 3rd met stress fracture (20 weeks), told surgery needed. Might not be for 3 weeks- any chance it could heal by itself in that time?

Non-union of 3rd met stress fracture (20 weeks), told surgery needed. Might not be for 3 weeks- any chance it could heal by itself in that time?

Possibly: You may want to ask for a bone stimulator, which can sometimes successfully get delayed unions to heal with out surgery, injectable growth factors considered helpful by some. Make sure you are not smoking, using NSAIDs, or weight bearing on it can all also help. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a radial head fracture to heal after surgery? Had surgery on January & still get pains

How long does it take for a radial head fracture to heal after surgery? Had surgery on January & still get pains

Bone healed: Certainly by now the bone should be completely healed. You should see your surgeon to make sure and ask if Physical Therapy might be needed to rehab the arm. ...Read more

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I broke my upper arm near to my elbow 24 days ago its a big fracture so I had a surgery and got 2 plates in. So how long does it take to heal.?

I broke my upper arm near to my elbow 24 days ago its a big fracture so I had a surgery and got 2 plates in. So how long does it take to heal.?

6-8 wks for the bone: This is a difficult fracture to treat. With rigid fixation and compression, the fracture should heal within 6-8 weeks. Usually motion is begun during the fracture healing process, with loss of extension being common. Expect full healing to take 6 months or more. ...Read more

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I got a hand fracture. I had surgery with metal pins. When will it heal fully?

I got a hand fracture. I had surgery with metal pins. When will it heal fully?

Not enough info: In general, your surgeon will perform surgery to ensure proper healing in circumstances where treating the fracture in a cast would result in a less favorable outcome. Getting the bone to heal is only one part of getting your hand to heal fully. There are other factors, such as the severity and location of the injury, as well as therapy, when needed that determine your final outcome. ...Read more

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Do u need surgery if one of your metacarpals doesn't heal from a hairline fracture or sprain after 1 1/2 months if it still is not getting better?

Do u need surgery if one of your metacarpals doesn't heal from a hairline fracture or sprain after 1 1/2 months if it still is not getting better?

Surgery not likely: Pain due to trauma may be due to fracture, sprains, arthritis, muscle, nerve or tendon injuries. Have it valuated so that you may get her the appropriate care. ...Read more

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Mom fractured ankle:her fibula and tibia. She is 64 and had surgery. At her age, will she be able to heal back to normal and be able to walk like before?

Mom fractured ankle:her fibula and tibia. She is 64 and had surgery. At her age, will she be able to heal back to normal and be able to walk like before?

Mom with fx: Pending on what co-morbidities she may have, she may heal well and be able to walk like before, but no guarantees.

If physical therapy/occupational therapy is offered, do have your mom accept them. It will help her. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a fractured thyroid cartlidge and a fractured hyroid in my throat back oct. How long does it take to heal and what about surgery?

Thyroid cartilage fx: If you have not been operated on by now, it probably would not work this far out. I presume an ear nose and throat doctor scoped you and determined that there were no laryngeal injuries. If so, there would have been an offer for surgery. If the fracture of the cartilage is non displaced, you do not have to fix it. Hyoid bone fractures are not repaired unless there is crepitus (sounds) with swallow. ...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?

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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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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8mm of gap in femur, grafting surgery done from anterior spine on 26.6.14, 8 month old fracture. HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE TO HEAL? Estimation please?

Varies: It varies tremendously. It sounds like you have a delayed or nonunion of your femur fracture. Bone grafting (as you had), dynamics ruin, and use of a bone stimulator are all attempts to get this to heal. Make sure you are not using nicotine or NSAIDs, both of which delay healing. Best case scenario- heals in 8-12 weeks, worst case- still does not heal and needs more surgery. ...Read more

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Surgery? Should this be properly aligned. Broken fibula 2 places! Broken fibula, mid lower section top break, still in alignment but fracture. Lower break separated and off to the side not in alignment but. Back of heal and ankle burning. I have a splint

Surgery? Should this be properly aligned. Broken fibula 2 places! Broken fibula, mid lower section top break, still in alignment but fracture. Lower break separated and off to the side not in alignment but. Back of heal and ankle burning. I have a splint

Without: Without seeing the images, it is difficult to know how much of the fibula is broken and how displaced it really is. The symptoms you're having sound like part of the peroneal nerve is irritated--either from swelling or from the fracture. Most of these injuries are stretch or bruising injuries, called neurapraxias, that resolve with time, usually about 3 months. Occasionally, a nerve can be severed, but usually there is muscle weakness to show the more severe injury.

In principle, fractures of the fibular shaft are left to heal without surgery. We can remove a large portion of the fibula as bone graft without significant adverse effects, so we know the mid-portion of the fibula does not provide structural stability. The closer to the knee, however, the more likely to affect the common peroneal nerve and the closer to the ankle, the more likely the fracture will affect ankle stability.

There are key ligaments that stabilize the ankle in the area known as the syndesmosis. These ligaments can take longer to heal than a fracture or lower ankle injury.

Talk to your treating physician about the location of the fractures relative to the important structures. ...Read more

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I have a displaced talus fracture, treated with orif surgery. Is there anything I can do to prevent avascular necrosis while ankle heals?

I have a displaced talus fracture, treated with orif surgery. Is there anything I can do to prevent avascular necrosis while ankle heals?

Follow post op: Instructions. I would imagine the surgeon performing your orif would of discussed this possibility with you. Make sure you don't walk on the foot earlier than ou are supposed to etc. If your a smoker make sure you don't smoke. ...Read more

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Distal end of clavicle fracture and slight dislocation of AC joint after falling down from stairs now on sling. Will it heal without surgery?

Varies: Varies somewhat based upon the degree if displacement. Most clavicle fractures do well with nonoperative care, and most are in the middle third of the clavicle. But the one type we do have to fix sometimes is badly displaced lateral clavicle fractures that involves the AC joint. I would discuss with your md ...Read more

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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.

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