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What are my chances of infection with a broken bone?

What are my chances of infection with a broken bone?

Closed - unusual: If your fracture is not open (penetrating through the skin) the chances are highly unusual. If your break requires surgery the risks very minimally increase. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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 likely is a bone infection after a fracture?

How likely is a bone infection after a fracture?

Depends: Open fractures (where skin is broken) can definitely get infected and may need immediate fix and antibiotics. Closed fractures can still get infected, but is less likely. Tetanus shot good idea if not within 5 years. Also depends on site of injury and mechanism. ...Read more

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Can vaporizing cause infections on my femur bone fracture? I know smoking cause infection but how bout vaporizing?

Can vaporizing cause infections on my femur bone fracture? I know smoking cause infection but how bout vaporizing?

RISK for infection: Smoking and vaporizing both put you at increased risk for infection they do not cause the infection. Anything that causes small vessel constriction limiting blood flow to the fracture site will increase the risk, this includes smoking and vaporizing. ...Read more

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How common is a bone infection or fracture site infection with closed bone fractures?

How common is a bone infection or fracture site infection with closed bone fractures?

Not common: If the fracture is truly closed, bacteria should not be able to infect the bone since it isn't exposed to the outside environment. Fractures, where bone is penetrated through the skin or visible through a wound, have variable infection rates based on the size of the wound and the time until the patient receives antibiotics. ...Read more

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After 2 months of accident doctor detected in.Mri that I have humerus fracture. Is now there chance to heal the broken bone after 2 months.

After 2 months of accident doctor detected in.Mri that I have humerus fracture. Is now there chance to heal the broken bone after 2 months.

Depends on imaging: Second opinion is a good idea. An MRI can be submitted to http://conciergeradiologist.Com in the next month for reevaluation. A description is not enough - the whole study will need to be sent, but fortunately that's not hard. ...Read more

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What does it feel like I have a broken bone?

What does it feel like I have a broken bone?

Pain and history of: You have to have injury to break a bone and it is almost always painful xrays will confirm it in most cases. ...Read more

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What should I expect when I have a broken bone?

Depends: where? Which bone? Swelling, pain, distortion, Improvement and healing over 6-8 weeks!! ...Read more

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What would be prescribed to me while taking Suboxone if I have a broken bone?

What would be prescribed to me while taking Suboxone if I have a broken bone?

DIFFICULT: This is a tough one as you cannot be in treatment and take an opiate pain medication. Maybe Motrin or possibly Ultram. I would suggest that you definitely discuss with your doctors. ...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


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more