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What is the typical recovery time after a compound femur fracture?

What is the typical recovery time after a compound femur fracture?

4-6 months: Assumong there is no bone loss or infection most compound femur fractures will heal in 4-6 months. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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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What are the complications of femur fracture?

What are the complications of femur fracture?

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

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How long does it take a femur fracture to heal up?

How long does it take a femur fracture to heal up?

3-6 month: It depends what fracture is it, the treatment method and if you have complications with it. ...Read more

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How long does femur fracture (cominuted) heal by using external fixation?

Temporary fixation: 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

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How long will it take until you fully recover from a compound femur fracture?

How long will it take until you fully recover from a compound femur fracture?

3 - 12 months: An open or compound femur fracture is a severe, high energy injury that requires extensive treatment and healing time. ...Read more

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If one person have femur fracture, what kind of opration will be use in america?

If one person have femur fracture, what kind of opration will be use in america?

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

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My son who is 9 has a distal femur fracture. What does that mean?

Broken bone above --: The knee joint.
He needs treatment for it, from an Orthopedic surgeon.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son who is 9 has a distal femur fracture?

What do you suggest if my son who is 9 has a distal femur fracture?

This is quite an: Open ended question. Could you clarify what specifically you would like to know and re-ask. Thanks much. ...Read more

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How long I need to wait to get pregnat after a multiple femur fracture.

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

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What causes a femur fracture to move once in a cast?

What causes a femur fracture to move once in a cast?

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

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What chronic pain comes from a butterfly femur fracture?

What chronic pain comes from a butterfly femur fracture?

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

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How to treat muscle during a femur fracture?

How to treat muscle during a femur fracture?

Keep moving: 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

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What chronic pain stems from a butterfly femur fracture?

What chronic pain stems from a butterfly femur fracture?

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

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How long were you in an immobilizer for femur fracture surgery?

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

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How does a child (3month old) get a spiral femur fracture from abuse?

Femur fracture: A spiral femur fracture is usually caused by twisting of the limb. ...Read more

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How long did you have your immobilizer on after orif of femur fracture?

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

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How do you tell the diffeurence between a femur fracture and a bruise?

How do you tell the diffeurence between a femur fracture and a bruise?

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

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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

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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?

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

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Please interpret nonhealing subtrochanteric femur fracture -cephalomedullary device in place. Device has fallen into significant almost 80 deg varus?

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

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Since alendronate is to build bones, why does it put me at risk for femur fracture?

Since alendronate is to build bones, why does it put me at risk for femur fracture?

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

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Is there a higher incidence of femur fracture with da approach to hip replacement compared to other approaches? Or is it dr experience?

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

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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?

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?

Problems: I am sorry to hear of your issues. At your age height loss might be correctable but you had best hurry to an orthopedic surgeon.
If the surgeon has already told you that improvement on your back is unlikely, please get one more opinion.
Keep me posted please. ...Read more

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Is a mid-shaft spasmodic femur fracture best immobilized using fixation or traction splinting?

Is a mid-shaft spasmodic femur fracture best immobilized using fixation or traction splinting?

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

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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

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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?

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?

Can happen: And is the reason in adults is stabilized by hardware (like intra medullary rods) Luckily children will heal very well with slight displacement, angulation and over riding, kids orthopedist is the best person to alleviate your worry ...Read more

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Does smoking marijuana with a femur fracture slow down the healing process?

Does smoking marijuana with a femur fracture slow down the healing process?

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

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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

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