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Femur Fracture | Femoral Fracture
A femoral fracture is a break in the thigh bone, which is called the femur. The femur bone is also known as the thigh bone. It runs from the hip to the knee and is the longest and strongest bone in the body. It usually requires a great deal of force to break the femur. The surgical procedure to repair the bone is called an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF). In this surgery, the surgeon will make a cut to open the fracture. The surgeon will then use special metal devices to hold your bones in place while they heal. These devices are called internal fixators. In the most common surgery to repair a femur fracture, the surgeon will insert a rod or large nail into the center of the bone. This rod helps support the bone until it heals. The surgeon may also put a plate next to your bone that is attached by screws to a frame outside your leg.
The fibula or calf bone is a bone placed on the lateral side of the tibia, with which it is connected above and below. It is the smaller of the two bones, and, in proportion to its length, the most slender of all the long bones. Fibula fractures typically occur as part of an ankle injury. Fibula fractures that are associated with injury to inner side of the ankle, the medial malleolus or deltoid ligament, often require aggressive treatment. In these situations, called bimalleolar ankle fractures, surgery is usually necessary to stabilize the ankle joint. Without surgery, the ankle joint often heals in abnormal alignment, leading to the development of ankle arthritis.
Another type of injury that can occur with a fibular fracture is damage to the syndesmosis of the ankle. The syndesmosis is the group of ligaments that hold the two bones of the leg together, just above the ankle joint. When the syndesmosis is damaged at the ankle, an injury that can occur along with a fibula fracture, surgery is often required to restore the alignment of the bones.
Severe injuries resulting from car crashes or falls may lead to an injury of both the tibia and the fibula above the ankle joint. These injuries, often referred to as tib-fib fractures, typically require surgery to support the alignment of the leg. When the tibia is surgically repaired, the fibula does not normally require a separate surgery to align this bone. In some tib-fib fractures, a long-leg cast, thigh to foot, will provide necessary support without requiring the surgery.
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Accident Injury: Tibia Fracture | Proximal Humerus Fracture
The tibia also referred to as the shine bone or the shankbone is the larger and stronger of the two bones in the leg below the knee in the vertebrates, the other being the fibula. It is the main lower leg's bone. It connects the knee with the ankle. Generally, Tibia fractures may be classified in 3 categories depending on fracture location. Open Fracture happens when the bone which is fractured, is open through the person's skin. Such open fracture is at higher risk to progress an infection and usually needs surgery. Tibial Shaft Fracture is the most common tibia's fracture type and happens between the ankle joints and knee. Most of such types of fractures may be treated in a long leg cast. However, some types of fractures have too much displacement and may be need surgery to realign and secure the person's bones. Tibial shaft fracture is common injury that may happen after car incidents.
Tibial Plafond fracture happens at the shin bone's bottom around the person's ankle joint. Such type of fracture requires special treatment because of the ankle cartilage surface. Tibial plafond fracture is also complicated because of possible surrounding soft tissues damage. Tibial Plateau Fracture happens just below the person's knee joint. This type of fracture requires knee joint and its cartilage surface consideration. Tibial Plateau Fracture may result in the progressing of knees arthritis.
Some common treatments of tibias include:
- External Fixator can also be beneficial in some specific types of fractures. External fixator usually used in more significant fractures, particularly, in open fracture with associated laceration and damage of the soft tissue. In such cases, the placement of intrameduallary (IM) rodding or plates might not be possible because of damage of the soft tissue. When severe soft tissue injury occurs, an external fixator can provide greatest immobilization while monitoring an surrounding soft tissues treatment.
- Plates and screws are less commonly used, but they are extremely beneficial in some types of fractures, particularly, in tibial plafond fractures and tibial plateau. Many surgeons choose the meduallary rod for tibial shaft fracture until such fracture close to the surface's joint; the plates and screws can be excellent fixation method.
- IM (intrameduallary rodding) - a procedure to place a medal rod down of the tibia's center to hold the bone alignment. Such surgery lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and is commonly performed under general anesthesia. Patients have an incision over the knee joint, and small incisions above the patient's ankle and below the knee. Additionally, some types of fractures may need the incision close to the fracture to realign the patient's bones. Intrameduallary (IM) rodding rods are secured within the person's bone by using screws in both below and above the fracture. The rod and metal screws may be removed at any time if they result in the problems, but may also be left in place forever. Tibial rodding provide the greatest fixation and bones alignment. The most common side effects of such surgical procedure are infection and knee pain. Rod infection can require rod removal to treat an infection.
- Casting is appropriate for the treatment of tibial shaft fracture that is well aligned and not badly displaced. Individuals require to be in cast that goes below the person's ankle and above the knee (long leg cast). The casting advantage is that tibial shaft fracture tending to heal well and such casting avoids the surgery's potential risk, such as infection. Individuals with casts should be monitored to be sure the bone maintains its alignment and ensure adequate tibia's healing.
- Non Displaced Tibial Plateau Fracture is a crack in the person's bone seen on X-ray, but bones remain in alignment and its proper position. Most such fractures may be cured without surgery, but it requires longer period of time (approx. 3 months) of walking protection. Some non displaced fractures are at displacing risk (shifting position) in the days or months following injury and such fracture should be closely monitored by surgeon. If displacement happens, the surgery can be required to realign the fragments of the bone and hold it in proper position.
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