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What is the normal recovery period after a fractured tibia?
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 2-3 months to heal
A fractured tibia is a significant injury.
Closed, non-operative management for stable well-aligned fractures treated in a cast would be expected to heal in about 2-3 months. Worse injuries that require surgery and a long intramedullary nail or a plate and screws (or similar), may take longer to heal, especially if there is a loss of tissue (skin, muscle, etc.) from around the fracture area.

In brief: 2-3 months to heal
A fractured tibia is a significant injury.
Closed, non-operative management for stable well-aligned fractures treated in a cast would be expected to heal in about 2-3 months. Worse injuries that require surgery and a long intramedullary nail or a plate and screws (or similar), may take longer to heal, especially if there is a loss of tissue (skin, muscle, etc.) from around the fracture area.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 6 to 12 weeks
Most fractures heal in about 6 weeks.
The tibia often breaks in a region with little muscle around it near the ankle. This area does not have as good a blood supply as other parts and can often take longer. Smoking is known to slow this process. Sometimes putting weight on the bone in a controlled fashion encourages healing. Your surgeon will guide you along as any such fracture heals !

In brief: 6 to 12 weeks
Most fractures heal in about 6 weeks.
The tibia often breaks in a region with little muscle around it near the ankle. This area does not have as good a blood supply as other parts and can often take longer. Smoking is known to slow this process. Sometimes putting weight on the bone in a controlled fashion encourages healing. Your surgeon will guide you along as any such fracture heals !
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