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Can multiple fractures of the humerus bone heal without having surgery?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine
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In brief: Unlikely

While a single fracture that has not moved (nondisplaced) can heal with out surgery, the more fractures present the more likely that surgery will be needed to stabilize the bone.

In brief: Unlikely

While a single fracture that has not moved (nondisplaced) can heal with out surgery, the more fractures present the more likely that surgery will be needed to stabilize the bone.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
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Dr. Steven Morgan
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

Most fractures will heal without surgery.
Surgery for fractures is generally necessary to hold bone in good alignment during healing and to allow use of limb during healing.

In brief: Yes

Most fractures will heal without surgery.
Surgery for fractures is generally necessary to hold bone in good alignment during healing and to allow use of limb during healing.
Dr. Steven Morgan
Dr. Steven Morgan
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Dr. Brian Badman
It really depends on the location of the fracture. Midshaft fractures can typically heal with functional bracing. Fractures closer to the joints may require surgery. Proximal fractures near the ball are usually fixed if more than 3 parts but again depends on the type of fracture and amount of displacement of the fragments. Distal fractures near the elbow joint again are typically treated with surgery especially with joint involvement and malalignment.
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