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What Are Some The Major Complications Of A Broken Femur
Busted Bone Blues: Among the serious complications are fat embolism (where droplets of oil float in the blood and travel to cause problems in other vessels), DVT and pulmonary embolism (leg blood clots traveling to the lung), hemorrhage due to arterial injury, nerve injury, shortening or rotation of the extremity if not positioned correctly to heal, and chronic pain associated with non-union, even after surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are some difficulties associated with removal of hardware used to fix broken femur? Post op 8 years w/ well-healed femur. No known risk factors.
Not many: Risk factors can include difficulty removing the hardware -- it always looks easier than it is. It also depends on what kind of hardware you have - a plat or rod. Sometimes with rods, they get buried in the bone which makes it hard to remove. If is a plate removal, then there can be issues with scar and dissection. After removal you have a slight chance of stress fractures for 8 - 12 weeks. ...Read more
What are some indications that surgical implants (rod and screws) should be removed from a broken femur?
Depends on severity: A lot of variables come into play with this answer. Did you need surgery? If you needed surgery, did the surgeon have to use hardware to fix the fracture? Do you have osteoporosis? If the fracture is bad enough, it may take upwards of 6 months to heal and for the patient to be back to normal activities (this is including physical therapy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 10 weeks: A fractured femur should heal in about 10 weeks or so. Many factors can affect the healing time, including the health of the patient (smokers and diabetics may heal more slowly), and the type of femur fracture (shaft fracture versus hip fracture versus fracture closer to the knee), and the form of treatment may affect the healing time as well. On average, though, 10 weeks is a good estimate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ice, Elevate: Assuming that the fracture has been immobilized (surgical or cast), elevate the leg slightly, ice for 20 minutes (can use longer if icing through the cast (use plastic to keep plaster casts dry), or pain medication recommended by your doctor. Distraction aslo works, so try reading, watching a funny movie, meditation, a relaxing tea, massage, music, games, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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