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Recovery Time Femur Fracture
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
I have femur fracture and knee proximal tibia, what foods should I take for full recovery of my bones? It's been 3 months after the surgery.
Ck your D level: I find my patients don't heal well if their Vitamin D levels are low ...Read more
Many possibilities: Nonunion. Malunion. Chronic pain. Infection. Nerve & muscle damage. Abnormal gait. Inability to walk/run. Therefore, make sure you go see doc for evaluation & treatment. You may need referral to orthopedic surgeon. Depending upon how/where your femur was fractured & what level of care is available to you, operative care may be necessary. ...Read more
3-6 month: It depends what fracture is it, the treatment method and if you have complications with it. ...Read more
Fracture of femur usually requires surgery to repair. Most of the adult femur fractures are trated by i/m rod that goes in side the bone to stabilize it while it heals.
If for some reason i/m rod is not an option then external fixator is applied with a metal bar outside to keep bone in position so it can heal. Femur will usually take 3-6 month to heal, but it gets stronger every month. ...Read more
Depends: This really depends on the location of the fracture and age of the patient. But, options include intramedullary rod, plate and screws, . ...Read more
Broken bone above --:
The knee joint.
He needs treatment for it, from an Orthopedic surgeon.
Good luck. ...Read more
This is quite an: Open ended question. Could you clarify what specifically you would like to know and re-ask. Thanks much. ...Read more
As long as healing: As long as your fractures are healed or well on the way to healing, and as long as you are progressing well with ambulating, and as long as you have been able to wean off medications, it is fine to get pregnant. Good luck! ...Read more
Movement: Fractures can move/shift in a cast for many reasons, but the most common reason is that the swelling has gone down. This causes the limb to be "smaller" in the cast, which allows too much room to move around. For this reason, casts are often changed every 2-3 weeks until the fracture has healed. ...Read more
Hopefully none: Chronic pain is defined in several ways-all of which have to do with time from onset of pain. For example, one definition is pain that lasts longer than three months from the onset of symptoms. Typically, a fractured bone heals in 6-8 weeks. Based on this, there is no reason to suspect that a femur fracture will result in a chronically painful condition. ...Read more
Once the fracture is well fixed surgically it is good to keep all muscles moving as much as possible but must be careful to not over do it nad to limit wt bearing within the parameters set by your orthopedic surgeon
ask your orthopedic surgeon about this and maybe physical therapy might be appropriate. ...Read more
Bad Fracture: This is a bad fracture and I am sure if you have that you underwent surgery with internal fixation (hardware). There is a lot of tissue damage involved in the fracture itself and then the surgery. Anyone has the potential for chronic pain due to the scarring of tissue or the post fracture bony changes which take place with any bad fracture. ...Read more
Usually not needed: Many femur fractures that are treated operatively do not require an immobilizer. If an immobilizer is required, time would depend on severity of the fracture. ...Read more
Depends: You may not need anything or you may need one or more of the following: crutches, an immobilizer brace, an unloader brace, simple brace. Its unclear as to what type of fracture you are experiencing. Discuss with your orthopedist. ...Read more
Fracture vs bruise: You need an evaluation by a doctor and likely an xray. Usually you cannot walk on a broken femur, while you can on a bruise. ...Read more
Could walking with non union femur fracture damage rods and screws? Second opinion scheduled in two weeks to discuss options.
Rod failure: Metal devices used to fix fractures are meant to hold the bone in correct alignment while a fracture heals. Once the fracture heals the divice seves no purpose. If the fracture does not heal it is possible over a period of time the rod or plate will fatigue and fail much like a paper clip bent to many times. There is a wide degree f variability in what fails and if it is material. Seek an opnion ...Read more
I was in a auto accident and sustained a trimalar break with a compound femur fracture. It has been six months and have some trouble with pain?
Fractures: You had very significant fractures. It is not unusual for pain to be present for up to a year. Sometimes, even the hardware can cause pain. Also you need to make sure the bone is healing correctly an in good alignment. Discuss with your doctor and if you have any concerns get a second opinion. ...Read more
Please interpret nonhealing subtrochanteric femur fracture -cephalomedullary device in place. Device has fallen into significant almost 80 deg varus?
Fracture: The device is the intramedullary nail or screw stabilizing / transfixing the fracture. Varus angulation means inward angulation, 80 degrees is the amount of angulation. Sounds like the fracture has not healed and the hardware has changed its relative position. Need to see your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Is it unusual for a58 yr old to still have substantial pain 3 weeks after rods/screws for comucated femur fracture right below femoral neck? In rehab
Yes: The bone will not be solid for 6-8 weeks. ...Read more
Quality of bone: The bone quality on alendronate is different than "normal" bone. There are certain types of femur fractures that are more commonly seen in individuals taking alendronate. ...Read more
Is there a higher incidence of femur fracture with da approach to hip replacement compared to other approaches? Or is it dr experience?
No: There is an association between complications of the direct anterior approach and fractures of the proximal femur. The technique is more difficult to learn then posterior exposure and there are a higher incidence of complications early in a doctors experience. Otherwise no. Fractures occur when we place the prosthesis on occasion. ...Read more
I turn 17 next month and have severe idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis. I have been taking idrophos and calcium after a femur fracture 2 years back. I have lost height due to vertebral compression. Can the height loss be reversed or corrected in any way?
Surgery, not always:
Operative stabilization of femoral shaft fractures has been shown to improve overall outcome in most cases.
This is dependent upon the patient being stable enough to withstand surgery and the ability of the surgical team to be able to gain stabilization of the fracture (may be affected by previous hardware, bone quality, deformity, patient reliability, limb control and other factors. ...Read more
What is the difference between extra-articular, partial-articular, complete-articular and intra-articular? (for a distal femur fracture)
Related to the joint: Fracture of the femur and other bones can be described as Extra/Outside of joint, Partial/involving part of joint, complete/entire joint, Intra/inside of the joint. Treatment can sometimes depend on the type of joint involvement. ...Read more
My 2 yr old is in a spica cast from a femur fracture, and went back yesterday after 1 week for X-ray and it is displaced. How does this happen?
Potentially: This would vary with the frequency and intensity of exposure. Smoking of anything can cause changes in the circulation at the capillary level and impair/slow blood flow. This directly effects healing. I know some surgeons who will not do elective surgery on smokers for that reason. ...Read more
Is there any need for concern leg extremely swollen and painful to touch (not warm)2 weeks post op comucated femur fracture-long rod screws.
Yes: This needs immediate evaluation. The major possible causes are blood clots or infection. If you cannot see your orthopedist or family doctor now, go to the er. ...Read more
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
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