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What is the average healing time for broken femur?

What is the average healing time for broken femur?

3-4 months: It typically takes 3-4 months in adults for femur shaft fracture to consolidate. However neck & distal femur heal in half the time. Children also take half the time. ...Read more

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Any advise on increasing healing of a broken femur with rod and screws? Does smoking marijuana slow healing time?

Any advise on increasing healing of a broken femur with rod and screws? Does smoking marijuana slow healing time?

Recovery: An open reduction and internal fixation with rod and screws, is the recommended method of treating femur fracture. Smoking nicotine will DELAY healing. Nicotine is a powerful vaso constrictor that chokes off your blood flow. More blood flow is needed for healing. MJ has not been studied to know. Be well. Stay connected to your surgeon. ...Read more

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What could I do for pain with a healing broken femur?

What could I do for pain with a healing broken femur?

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 more

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My broken femur is not healing correctly due to what I believe is an improper reduction, should I get legal advice as well? I have had two seperate opinions and the second doctor stated that he would contact the original physician to explore further opti

My broken femur is not healing correctly due to what I believe is an improper reduction, should I get legal advice as well? I have had two seperate opinions and the second doctor stated that he would contact the original physician to explore further opti

I: I believe your #1 priority is to get better. Going back to the original physician who did the reduction is your first step. See what he or she has to say, and tell him/her why you're still having a problem and see what he/she recommends. If, after doing so, you feel like you've lost your trust in him/her, I would then get a third opinion, and go with the majority.

If there is a way to get you out of pain and walking fine again, wouldn't that be preferable to a law suit?

Just so you know, in most states (i'm only familiar with ny law), you need three things for medical malpractice:

1) negligence: not all bad outcomes are the result of negligence. Even the best doctors, under the best conditions, with the best patient, etc. Have a bad outcome risk. In a medical malpractice suit, the burden of proof is on you to prove negligence.

2) damages: even in the presence of negligence, with no damages, there is no case. Even if we were to assume your fracture was fixated in a negligent manner, if, in time, you're fine and can walk with no pain, there are no damages.

3) proximate cause: the damages have to be the direct result of the negligence, not something that would have occurred regardless.

Every state has a statute of limitations, a time by which you must file a claim before you're precluded from doing so. It's usually a couple of years.

I would again suggest you try your best to resolve your problem. You'll still have time to file a suit if you're left in pain, assuming something was done negligently, and not a bad result in the presence of an otherwise well-performed reduction.

I hope this helps, and I hope you feel better. ...Read more

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How much time does a surgery take for a broken femur?

How much time does a surgery take for a broken femur?

Damage dependent: Not all fractured femurs are the same. A straightforward, minimally displaced femur fracture can be fixed (usually with a long intramedullary nail) in less than an hour. More complex femur fractures can take anywhere from 1-3 hours perhaps depending upon the location and complexity of the fracture pattern. Your orthopaedic surgeon should be able to give you a reasonable estimation. ...Read more

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For a broken Femur and tib requiring rods/pins, what would be the avg hosp stay and avg recovery time? Non-smoker, healthy fit 30 yo male. Ballpark.

For a broken Femur and tib requiring rods/pins, what would be the avg hosp stay and avg recovery time? Non-smoker, healthy fit 30 yo male. Ballpark.

2-3 day stay: A broken femur and at broken tibia requiring rods is a major injury. Assuming they were isolated (no other injuries occurred), a 2-3 day stay is a reasonable timeframe. There are several other factors that can impact the time required in the hospital and with major trauma prolonged stays are not uncommon. ...Read more

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How much time it takes to walk to run and to get fit after broken femur?

How much time it takes to walk to run and to get fit after broken femur?

6m - 1 year: Depending on your age, nature of the injury and the treatment, recovery after a femur fracture takes 6 m to 1 year. ...Read more

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What are some the major complications of a broken femur?

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 more

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How long does surgery take on a broken femur?

How long does surgery take on a broken femur?

1-6 hours: Depends on the severity of the fracture and the experience of the surgeon. If it is a simple fracture the surgery itself can be less than an hour. However, in more complicated cases can take several hours to get everything right. Best is to discuss your specific case with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a broken femur what's better swimming or gym?

I have a broken femur what's better swimming or gym?

If you have a: Broken femur recommend not exercising until medically cleared to do so by your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight while I'm house bound with a broken femur?

How can I lose weight while I'm house bound with a broken femur?

Nutrient dense foods: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit)
nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate. On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone). ...Read more

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How long will it take for a broken femur to recover and be running again?

How long will it take for a broken femur to recover and be running again?

3-6 months: The bone usually becomes solid around 6 weeks after injury, but for enough healing to occur to resume impact sports, can take quite some time. ...Read more

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How long before it is safe to wear high heels again after a broken femur?

Variable...: This depends on a number of things. First, the fracture should be healed so that you can bear weight through the injured extremity without pain. The second thing is high heels place greater demands upon the foot and leg musculature. You may feel increased pain in your thigh muscles with high heels. It may take an extended period of time to recondition your muscles to wear fashionable footwear. ...Read more

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Should a toddler do special exercises after recovering from a broken femur?

Should a toddler do special exercises after recovering from a broken femur?

Femur fracture: Isometric muscle strengthening exercises and weight bearing on the affected extremity with the assistance of crutches will be helpful. The goal is to strengthen the muscles supporting the fractured bone. However, I would refer this patient to contact to an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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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

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Best way to have sex with a broken femur?

Best way to have sex with a broken femur?

Depends: This depends on several factors, such as the severity of the fracture, whether the fracture was open or not, and the type of treatment (i.e. Rodding, plate, etc). In general terms, you will want to use a position which places as little stress on the leg as possible. ...Read more

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What are some indications that surgical implants (rod and screws) should be removed from a broken femur?

Healed: Sometimes orthopedic surgeons remove hardware once a fracture has proven to be healed on x-rays. Other times for infection or erosion through the skin. ...Read more

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Could a doctor use a cast on a broken femur?

Could a doctor use a cast on a broken femur?

Highly unlikely: At this time, the only patient that might have a cast used to treated a broken femur would be a young child. Essentially all other patients, from teens up through adults, will undergo surgery for a broken femur. Presumably we are discussing femoral shaft fractures, not a minor fracture such as a greater trochanteric fracture. ...Read more

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How can you fix a broken femur?

How can you fix a broken femur?

Intramedullary Nail: The standard surgical intervention for an adult femur fracture is an intramedullary (im) nail. ...Read more

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How long will it take to heal a broken femur?

How long will it take to heal a broken femur?

10-12 weeks: To some degree healing time depends on where in the femur the fracture is, but 10-12 weeks is a good estimate. Factors such as smoking and diabetes can slow the healing process. ...Read more

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How long could this broken femur take to recover?

Mid range: About 3 months conservatively; depending upon the extent of the damage....And the type of healer you are. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a broken femur to heal?

How long will it take for a broken femur to heal?

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 more

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How long will it take to heal after a broken femur?

How long will it take to heal after 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 more

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After how many days, broken femur start repairing in kids?

After how many days, broken femur start repairing in kids?

Almost immediately: Bone healing in children is quite remarkable. Even though healing begins quickly after initial treatment by the orthopedic surgeon (casting +/- surgery), it can still take 6-12 weeks of spica casting to ensure proper healing, depending on the nature and location of the fracture itself. ...Read more

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How soon can a broken femur bone heal?

2-3mo: The femur can take anywhere from 6 wks to 3mo to heal. It tends to heal however as it is fully encompassed by thick vascular muscle layer and blood=healing. Most femur fractures do require surgery to stabilized and heal. ...Read more