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What is the definition or description of: open repair of rib fracture?

What is the definition or description of: open repair of rib fracture?

Plating broken bones: Multiple rib fractures may compromise respiratory function, or a non-healing rib fracture may cause continuing pain. These conditions can sometimes be helped by cutting down to the rib and stabilizing it by screwing on a plate made of metal or other material. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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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 much does a rib fracture hurt?

How much does a rib fracture hurt?

It can hurt: Most rob fractures require relative rest , ice and nsaids. Significantly painful rob fractures may require stronger pain medications. Rib fractures may tale 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Your discomfort may be improved by also wearing a rib belt. Significantly displaced rib fractures will need close monitoring. ...Read more

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What can I do about a rib fracture?

What can I do about  a rib fracture?

Pain management: Majority of rib fx will heal with time and pain management. Extremely rare to need any surgical intervention. Those cases are usually markedly displaced or multiple adjacent fxs, as you would see in major trauma like car accidents or fall from height. ...Read more

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Could I have a rib fracture without being struck while surfing?

Could I have a rib fracture without being struck while surfing?

Unusually: Some stretches, pulls , falls at hitting the water at a bad angle might cause enough trauma to fracture a rib. Similarly if the rib is unhealthy for some reason, it might break with less force. Example osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How long will it take a rib fracture to heel?

Depends: It takes about 8-12 weeks to heal the bone and about the same for the muscle. Your pain should improve significantly by then. There is no change in healing rate compared to # of broken ribs. ...Read more

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Is it safe to still work out with a rib fracture?

Is it safe to still work out with a rib fracture?

Yes : Still should be safe if only one but you should get it checked out to be sure. I'd avoid any contact sports. ...Read more

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How to recover from a rib fracture without getting out of shape?

Low impact: Unfortunately, rib fractures are painful and simply deep breathing from cardio activities can hurt. Fortunately, these injuries almost always heal without problems assuming no lung injury. I usually recommend nsaids as tolerated and low impact activities such as walking, cycling or swimming. ...Read more

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What precautions do I need to be worried about after a rib fracture?

What precautions do I need to be worried about after a rib fracture?

Common sense: Most rib fractures will heal over about 6-8 weeks and pain will limit your activity. The injury is not immobilized and usually is only treated with pain medicines obviously i wouldn't play sports for about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the surgery for multiple rib fracture secondary to vehicular accidents?

Depends: For my patients, I use low profile plate and screw systems to realign the rib fractures. I have developed a muscle sparing technique and this allows immediate exercises with the torso and shoulders after surgery. Youtube drbentaylor and rib fracture flail chest to see an example video. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Open Repair Of Rib Fracture (Definition)

Multiple rib fractures may compromise respiratory function, or a non-healing rib fracture may cause continuing pain. These conditions can sometimes be helped by cutting down to the rib and stabilizing it by screwing on a plate made of ...Read more