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Broken arm, needed plate. Increased risk of refracture there?
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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In brief: Re-fracture risk?
Once the fracture heals, the risk for fracture returns to same risk of fracture before surgery (i.
e. No increased risk). The one exception is if the plate and screws are ever removed, there is a risk of re-fracture through the screw holes. The holes left behind act as weakened areas, called stress-risers. For that reason, i prefer to leave hardware in permanently. Good luck!

In brief: Re-fracture risk?
Once the fracture heals, the risk for fracture returns to same risk of fracture before surgery (i.
e. No increased risk). The one exception is if the plate and screws are ever removed, there is a risk of re-fracture through the screw holes. The holes left behind act as weakened areas, called stress-risers. For that reason, i prefer to leave hardware in permanently. Good luck!
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