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What is the typical healing time for a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula?

What is the typical healing time for a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula?

Unpredictable: The healing time is very dependent on the amount of soft tissue damage that occurs at the time of the fracture. Compound fractures are those that have an opening in the skin associated with them, but it's not the opening but rather the amount of skin, tissue and bone loss as well as possible injuries to blood vessels and nerves that determines the time for healing. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Compound Fracture (Definition)

Is an older term for open fracture. When the fractured bone comes out thru the skin at the time of injury. In a low grade mild open fracture there may only be a pinhole in the skin but the shape and direction of the fracture pushes the bone out for a second before it vanishes. In a severe open fracture with a big wound its more obviuos that the bone is out. All need ...Read more


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What's the best treatment for compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

What's the best treatment for compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

Wash out and surgery: A compound fracture is one in which the fracture bone(s) penetrate through the skin. This is a surgical emergency that requires immediate attention. The initial goal during surgery is to thoroughly irrigate (wash out) and debride (clean up) the bone and tissues in an attempt to prevent infection. At the same time, the fractures are repaired, often using rod for the tibia & possibly a fibular plate. ...Read more

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How long should swelling last with compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

How long should swelling last with compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

Variable: Can last for awhile but see your surgeon to rule out infection... ...Read more

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How to speed up fracture healing of tibia and fibula?

How to speed up fracture healing of tibia and fibula?

Ultrasound: Tibial shaft fracture are slow healers. The average time to healing in a simple tibia fracture is about 4.5 months. There is one study that suggests applying a medical device that emits pulses of ultrasound waves to the bone for twenty minutes a day can decrease the healing time approximately by three weeks. You can argue if this is a benefit or not in a slow healing fracture. ...Read more

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Compound fractures both tibia and fibula in the upper part of my leg. What should be the amount pressure of walking on it. It happen three months ago. Can i walk in a pool or swim. Also my doc told me a month after it happen i could ride an exercise bike.

Compound fractures both tibia and fibula in the upper part of my leg. What should be the amount pressure of walking on it. It happen three months ago. Can i walk in a pool or swim. Also my doc told me a month after it happen i could ride an exercise bike.

Depends on xray: How much weight you can put on it depends on the amount of healing present on the latest x-ray. Usually progress from non weight bearing to touch down weight bearing to full weight bearing. All of the above as tolerated . Pain is your guide in addition to your doctor. ...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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What is the post-surgery treatment for a compound fracture of the tibia?

What is the post-surgery treatment for a compound fracture of the tibia?

Casting and therapy: Compound fracture of your tibia requiring surgery likely means you had teel rod/plates and screws to stabilize the tibia. After surgery, you may need casting, possible a removable cast. Non-weight-bearing (no walking on that leg) for several weeks, then partial wt bearing etc..Physically therapy is almost always recommended during this process. Ask questions and follow doc's advice. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you get a fracture of the tibia and fibula?

Certainly: Yes and its a significant injury
it can happen in a bad twisting fall or a car
accident
many fractures such as you describe will
need surgical fixation for the best result of the
injury
some that are nondisplaced will just require
a prolonged period of immobilization. ...Read more

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How long it takes the tibia and fibula to heal naturally of a displaced to same position and direction fracture.. ?

Breaking Bad.: I am not quite sure what you mean by "displaced fractures of tibia and fibula healing naturally". It sounds like you mean with no fracture reduction or fixation. You might rephrase your question. ...Read more

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I fractured my tibia and fibula in December. Is it normal to still have pain in the area 10 months on? Finding it's been aching a lot recently

I fractured my tibia and fibula in December. Is it normal to still have pain in the area 10 months on? Finding it's been aching a lot recently

Maybe: You should follow up with your orthopaedic surgeon. Fractures are normally healed by this point, but there can be many causes of pain including nonunion, malunion, infection, and various other soft tissue derangements. ...Read more

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Mom fractured tibia and fibula on right foot. She had surgery recently. we noticed a large swelling on her right, fibula side. left side doesn't. why?

Mom fractured tibia and fibula on right foot. She had surgery recently. we noticed a large swelling on her right, fibula side. left side doesn't. why?

Check with doctor: You don't say how big you mean by "large". It's also important how long it has been since the injury and surgery, if the swelling is sore or red, or if she has any fever. Best to check with the doctor's office ASAP. Everything may be OK, but better safe than sorry! ...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?

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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I recently suffered a tibia and fibula Fracture. What are some ways I can safely strengthen the muscles to prevent any muscle tears?

Talk to your doctor: Your are not at risk for ongoing muscle tears at this point. Muscle may have been injured at the time of your injury but should not be at risk now. The return to exercise and strengthening depends on the amount of bone healing that has occurred and the overall stability of your fracture. ...Read more

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Do the elderly heal a tibia and fibula fracture like a young person would in recuperating motion and function? even if progress is slower than younger

Do the elderly heal a tibia and fibula fracture like a young person would in recuperating motion and function? even if progress is slower than younger

Not usually: You can, but there is more of a possiblity of a adverse reaction, children are different,Thier bones heal faster and better, It also depends on where your fracture is at, in relationship to the Ankle joint and knee joint also if the fracture is displaced and comminuted or is it hairline. ...Read more

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Had car accident in2008which fractured my tibia and fibula. When doing squats there’s a constant pop sound from my knee. It’s not painful. I’m worried?

Had car accident in2008which fractured my tibia and fibula. When doing squats there’s a constant pop sound from my knee. It’s not painful. I’m worried?

See ortho or PMR doc: You are correct to be concerned. Post traumatic arthritis can be the problem and should be examined. Taking precautions now will prolong the life of the knee joint. ...Read more

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After a tibia and fibula fracture on foot, and having surgery on it, will the foot have a full range of motion after surgery? currently foot is stiff.

Probally not: what happens is when you fracture bones like the Tibia and Fibula. These bones help form the ankle joint. If these bones move it is very difficult to put them back 100 percent in place also you will usually have ligament damage along with the fracture if the bones are displaced. If surgery is needed then it probally is displaced. The doctor can try to replace the bones but you will probally have A ...Read more

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Is it difficult to see a fracture ot the talus . I fractured my ft. Ankle and tibia and fibula 3 mo ago ankle & top foot still hurt?

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Is it difficult to see a fracture ot the talus .  I fractured my ft. Ankle and tibia and fibula 3 mo ago ankle & top foot still hurt?

Foot pain: Talar fractures can occasionally be difficult to see, as can other fractures to bones in the foot/ankle. It sounds like you had a lot of fractures - the healing, along with having to change how you bear weight on that foot, may be the cause of your pain. I'd get the opinion of your orthopedic surgeon, as he/she may recommend additional imaging. ...Read more

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What is the average healing time for a compound fracture of the leg?

What is the average healing time for a compound fracture of the leg?

Length of time: Depends on type of fracute, location, smoking history, age. Simple greenstick about 6 weeka if not displaced. Longer variable if displaced. ...Read more

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What is healing time for a clavicle compound fracture that required surgery with a bone graft after improper healing.?

What is healing time for a clavicle compound fracture that required surgery with a bone graft after improper healing.?

Open nonunion: Each fracture has its own personality: worse prognosis with open, comminuted, malunion, nonunion. It depends upon the host immunity, health, and healing potential of the bone and soft tissues. May be 6 weeks to 6 months. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a bimalleolar fracture of the left tibia and lateral malleolar fracture of fibula. how long for healing?

What to do if I have a bimalleolar fracture of the left tibia and lateral malleolar fracture of fibula. how long for healing?

Bimalleolar: Ankle fractures typically take 8 weeks to heal. 99% pf them need surgery unless you are infirm, ILL or don't walk. IF it needs surgery it will take anywhere from 8-12 weeks for full recovery. You typically cannot bear weight until about 6-8 weeks even with surgery. The plates and screws hold the bones in place so they can heal in the proper position, they DONT support your weight. ...Read more

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Is a compound fracture in my foot high priority for treatment?

Yes: If left untreated you can get a non-union. You can lose function. ...Read more

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Healing period for compound fracture of radius and ulna right arm cast one week ago?

Healing period for compound fracture of radius and ulna right arm cast one week ago?

Depends but: Typically most fracture heal in about 3 months but may continue remodelling for up to a year. After three months most fractures are healed to the point where there are no restrictions. That is also true for compound fractures but it depends on their severity. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with an acute avulsion fracture of the fibula head. What is the typical treatment & recovery time for this injury?

I've been diagnosed with an acute avulsion fracture of the fibula head.   What is  the typical treatment & recovery time for this injury?

Fibulae head avulsn: One needs to be concerned regarding the injury to the surrounding tissue like the PCL or posterior lateral corner . I.e. The fibulae head avulsion is the tip of the iceberg ,as in jury to the other structures can lead to significant knee problems. It would be prudent to undergo an MRI to assess the total injury as treatment then is based on the accuracy of the diagnosis. Consider a virtual consu ...Read more

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How much time fractred tibia and fibula take to heel after surgery ,and please tell what medication can be used?

How much time fractred tibia and fibula take to heel after surgery ,and please tell what medication can be used?

Speak with Surgeon: There are many variables with ankle injuries and repairs. It is very important to seek the advise of your surgeon and not others. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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


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