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What Is The Average Healing Time For Broken Femur
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 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
I had car accident and i'm having 3 torn main nerves & multiple broken femur since 6 month and its not healing how to speed healing?
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
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
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
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
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
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