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Tibia fracture with two screws placed surgically. How many months do I have to wait to get them removed? What will recovery from the removal be like?

Tibia fracture with two screws placed surgically. How many months do I have to wait to get them removed? What will recovery from the removal be like?

Usually 8 months or: More. Most will leave hardware well after the fracture is healed. Between 8 months to a year after implantation, it can be safe to remove if needed. Removal recommended only if symptomatic or troublesome. Fracture healing is primary concern, many screws and hardware constructs can remain implanted indefinitely, if not causing symptoms. Screw removal recovery is 2 weeks if the bone is healed. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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I had a tibia spiral fracture a yr ago had a nail and 4 screws, non union so larger nail and screws removed but still having pain, what's going on?

I had a tibia spiral fracture a yr ago had a nail and 4 screws, non union so larger nail and screws removed but still having pain, what's going on?

Nonunion: An xray is needed to see if the bone healed if not healed that could be causing the pain. If bone is healed pain could be coming from soft tissues or from the metal. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Tibia fracture - surgery to repair tibia may 5th - have been out of my cast 3-4 weeks, recently able to bear weight, tibia still swells, this normal?

Tibia fracture - surgery to repair tibia may 5th - have been out of my cast 3-4 weeks, recently able to bear weight, tibia still swells, this normal?

Post Injury swelling: When you injured your tibia the energy of the injury was also absorbed by the skin muscle and tissue that surrounds the tibia injuring these structures as well and disrupting their normal state. Swelling is a result of this as these tissues repair themselves. You may experience swelling for as long as 12 to 18 months after injury and in some cases it does not resolve. ...Read more

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What is the healing time of tibia fracture after nonunion surgery?

It varies: A non complicated tibia fracture usually heals in any where between 6-12 weeks. If you have already had a tibia fracture which did not heal, which is what a nonunion is, it really depends on the nature of your problem and the type of surgery done. In the best cases scenario, it will heal in6-8 weeks. In the worst, it may not heal again. You would sure want to avoid nicotine and nsaids. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a baby to have a femur and tibia fracture just by an adult rolling onto them?

Is it possible for a baby to have a femur and tibia fracture just by an adult rolling onto them?

Abuse: Multiple fractures in an infant are a warming sign of abuse. While what is described is possible this mechanism of injury is rare. The child should be evaluated for abuse first and ruled out before discounting this possibility. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more


Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more