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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

Dr. Austina Cho
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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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I got cast for 100 days for tibia fracture, just removed my ankle was good, walking made it very swollen, what to do & drugs? When begin physiotherap?

I got cast for 100 days for tibia fracture, just removed my ankle was good, walking made it very swollen, what to do & drugs? When begin physiotherap?

Need Physical Theapy: You do need Physical Therapy, Elevate the affected leg at night while sleeping and get it checked by your doctor to rule out any complications. If there is no pain, no drugs are indicated at this time ...Read more

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I got 100 days cast for tibia fracture, just removed, began walking made my ankle very swollen & painfull, what to do & drugs? When begin physiotherapy

I got 100 days cast for tibia fracture, just removed, began walking made my ankle very swollen & painfull, what to do & drugs? When begin physiotherapy

Would really: Encourage you to discuss this with your orthopedic surgeon. Let him/ her know about the swelling and pain. That physician should be guiding your healing process. It should not be done using a general health education site that uses a question/ answer approach. ...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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It is 11 months since I got serious tibia fracture, I have been operated, now there is a narrow hole with clear non smell discharge, what is it?

It is 11 months since I got serious tibia fracture, I have been operated, now there is a narrow hole with clear non smell discharge, what is it?

Seroma: Drainage is always of concern. Need to be sure it is sterile. If bacteria is present you may need antibiotics. If the bone is involved you may need surgery. ...Read more

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Will a nondisplaced tibia fracture (not growth plate fracture) change the height of the bone once fully healed?

NO: Should not be a problem If it is undisplayed fracture with no over ridding and growth plates are not involved Speak to your doctor may have other concerns ...Read more

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I had a non-displaced small lower distal tibia fracture almost two weeks ago. I can walk with very minimal pain. Should I continue to wear the boot?

I had a non-displaced small lower distal tibia fracture almost two weeks ago. I can walk with very minimal pain. Should I continue to wear the boot?

I would: It is hard to say without knowing the specifics. But wearing the boot will make it much less likely you will injure to ankle and potentially cause displacement of the fracture. Even if you are feeling better, it still takes six to eight weeks for a tibial fracture. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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If I have a tibia fracture non union, will I need bone grafting?

If I have a tibia fracture non union, will I need bone grafting?

Stability or biology: There are two different types of non unions. In one case the body does not form any bone. This is called an atrophic non union, this requires bone grafting to stimulate the bone to heal. There are several types of bone grafts that can be perfomred. Hypertrophic non unions or bones that don't heal but have the ability to make bone do not need a bone graft they just need more stability. ...Read more

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Does a displaced tibia fracture on ankle need immediate reduction before being placed in a splint? Does this injury require surgery to fix?

Does a displaced tibia fracture on ankle need immediate reduction before being placed in a splint? Does this injury require surgery to fix?

Depends!: It depends on how displaced the fracture is! Some fractures have minimal displacement and no reduction is necessary. Surgery depends on the type of fracture, degree of displacement, other injuries, your state of health, etc. The orthopedist doing the treatment, will be able to answer your questions exactly. ...Read more

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I got tibia fracture so I began to take alfacalcidol. 25 mcg (plus sunlight)for one month then increased dose to. 5 mcg to 13 days then I got Allergy, hives, itching so I want to stop alfacacidol taking, how can I do that in right way?

I got tibia fracture so I began to take alfacalcidol. 25 mcg (plus sunlight)for one month then increased dose to. 5 mcg to 13 days then I got Allergy, hives, itching so I want to stop alfacacidol taking, how can I do that in right way?

You can discontinue.: It would be very unusual to have an allergic reaction to a vitamin D supplement, so I'm not sure stopping it will fix your problem. However, it is safe to discontinue vitamin D supplementation immediately without weaning to smaller doses first. ...Read more

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In June 2014 I broke my tibia, fibula and ankle. Now I have discovered a pea sized hard lump over my tibia fracture site. What could this lump be?

Lump: Could be some of the hardware used to fixate the fracture backing out. Or as bone heals sometimes there are Spurs that form around the fracture sites. Best bet would be to check with the surgeon that performed the surgery and have the area examined. ...Read more

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My ankle has stiffness, swelling & pain as I was in cast for 100 days for tibia fracture, can I begin phsyiotherapy now or wait swelling to go away?

My ankle has stiffness, swelling & pain as I was in cast for 100 days for tibia fracture, can I begin phsyiotherapy now or wait swelling to go away?

Actually: You really should be consulting with the treating physician rather than obtaining your medical guidance from a free question- answer health education site. ...Read more

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I bumped my shin on a metal bar. Area is tender, but no discoloration or any problems bearing weight. Range of motion is normal. Is it tibia fracture?

I bumped my shin on a metal bar. Area is tender, but no discoloration or any problems bearing weight. Range of motion is normal. Is it tibia fracture?

Unlikely to be a: Fracture based on the description you gave. A fracture will give you significantly worse symptoms than just tenderness. Chances are you have bruised the soft tissues of the shin, which is very common. If your symptoms get worse see a doctor for an Xray, or consider a HT Concierge visit healthtap. Com/saurbornmd ...Read more

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I've proximal tibia fracture and its been 4 months now I'm trying to bend my knee wid cpm machine I've reached 80° but More than tat it pains a lot y?

Stiffness from cast: I assume you leg was immobilized during the healing of your tibia fracture. Any joint that is immobilized for any significant length of time (more than 7-10 days) would get stiff. Physical therapy working on motion after the cast or splint/brace is removed should allow knee to regain essentially full functional motion with time (6-12 weeks). ...Read more

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Do I need to have screws and plates removed frollowing surgery 8 months ago for severely and complex right distal tibia pilon fracture?

Do I need to have screws and plates removed frollowing surgery 8 months ago for severely and complex right distal tibia pilon fracture?

No: You do not have to remove the hardware put in by the surgeon. It can be removed if it is painful or compromises motion. The bone will be weak after removal and can re-break if not protected until the holes heal. ...Read more

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Hello. Fracture plateau of tibia with plate and screw when screw can be removed?

Hello. Fracture plateau of tibia with plate and screw when screw can be removed?

After it's healed: Surgical hardware is not usually removed unless it is causing a problem like pain, infection, or cosmetics. There are other things as well but they are not routinely removed. Once the bone is healed completely, then you can talk with your doctor about possible removal of hardware. ...Read more

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I had surgery for a fractured tibia and fibula with IM nail. In a boot now and my leg feels like jelly and heavy. Is this normal?

When surgery done?: The first question I have is, how long has it been since surgery? There are a couple of concerns if the injury was recent. You could have a deep vein clot. That's serious and you would need eval for that right away. The other possibility is nerve injury or maybe a regional block was done? You should have a set of post op instructions. Read that and then contact your ortho doc, discuss what to do. ...Read more

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Had a surgical repair to my right leg due to a fracture to my tibia and fibula, many screws, 6" plate. What does recovery look like over time?

Had a surgical repair to my right leg due to a fracture to my tibia and fibula, many screws, 6" plate. What does recovery look like over time?

6 + weeks: A simple fracture may heal as early as 6 weeks, but more complex fractures of the leg may take many months to heal. Your orthopedic surgeon will take xrays to evaluate healing and is the best person to tell you how long it might take. Typically you are non weight bearing during the early phases of healing. ...Read more

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I'm nailing 4 tibia fibula fracture&a plaster beneath knee on for 6weeks. What improvement should I expect from xray when plaster. Taken off 2day? Anxious

Fracture care: At 6 wks s/p im nailing of tib/fib with removal of cast, the typical radiography would show bone callus and at least 75% healing across fracture sites. This is usually seen in a healthy patient with no co-morbidities. ...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


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