A femur fracture sometimes referred to as a broken thighbone, is a painful and dangerous injury. One of the most robust bones of the body, the femur, is frequently broken or fractured due to significant trauma, such as that received in a car accident. Severe pain, swelling, discomfort, physical deformity, and frequent inability to walk are signs of a femur fracture. Setting and immobilizing the leg are common forms of treatment for femur fractures, and in more severe situations, surgery may be necessary to promote adequate recovery.
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Please suggest the best-recommended treatment for femur fracture.
Query: Hi doctor, I had a double fracture in the femur following an accident. In 24 hours, I got intramedullary nail insertion. But, it did not heal even after seven months. I have started walking on leg before a month to induce self heal, but nothing happened. Either bone graft or plate and nails, which ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This will not heal and so no point in waiting for it to heal. You need to get this intramedullary nail removed. The following treatment has to be done. Get the fracture site open, remove the fibrous tissue, get bleeding fracture surfaces and apply a plate and cercl... Read Full »
My broken femur was fixed with rods four months ago, and now my doctor has removed one of them and advised me to walk with a stick. Is it good to do so?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 17 years old, and four months ago, my femur was broken in an accident. The next day operation took place, and a rod was put in the bone. Now, after four months, the two screws of the rod (the upper one) are removed, and the doctor still advised me to walk with a stick. Is it a good t... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query. Your femur surgery happened in this year, and it is now four months since the operation. So taking out screws is called dynamization which is pretty normal as far as an attempt for fracture healing is given. If you can send me your current X-ra... Read Full »
I am a 65-year-old female suffering from a proximal femur shaft fracture and residual gaps along with ORIF done. How long will it take for my fracture to heal?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 65-year-old female who suffered from a proximal femur shaft fracture and residual gaps. I have been walking perfectly after ORIF, done one year back, and physiotherapy after four months. However, just in the last routine review and X-ray, I was diagnosed with 70 % union and 30 %... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Only a single X-ray will not help. Please share the previous X-rays for comparison. Thank you. Read Full »
Why does my patient have persistent pus discharge despite being operated on for a right leg femur fracture?
Query: Hello doctor,I have a query regarding a patient who had a spinal cord injury. He also has an infection in his hip bone and was operated on for a right leg femur fracture a year ago. However, he still has pus discharge from the operated area. He is only taking vitamin supplements. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the attached reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), I can see that surgical intervention will not be possible as the patient is bedridden. The reason for persistent discharge of pus is an infection of the bone. Read Full »
My son got a fracture in the neck and got operated on. Can you please check the post-operative x-rays and suggest the outcome?
Query: Hi doctor, In an accident, my eight-year-old son got a fracture in the neck of the femur. He got operated on and was fixed by cannulated screws, but I am not satisfied with the post operative x-rays. I will share the x-rays with you. Please tell me the acceptability of the surgery and if this surger... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please answer the following questions: 1) When did he get this injury? 2) After how many days of injury was he operated? 3) Also, share pre-operative X-rays? Regards. Read Full »
My daughter's operated left femur was slightly bent inside. Why?
Query: Hello doctor,My daughter's left femur was fractured in an accident. Pediatric orthopedics were planned for surgery with nails three years back. Now we doubt that her operated left femur was slightly bent inside. She is currently taking calcium tablets. Her past medications are tablet Brufen 200 mg, ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The X-rays look fine (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). The nails are supposed to be bent such that the bone can be straight. What about the other view? Please attach that X-ray for further diagnosis. Read Full »
How long will it take for my femur fracture to heal after surgery?
Query: Hi doctor, I had an open femur fracture recently. They performed open reduction with internal fixation. When I saw my second x-ray (after surgery), a large, fractured piece moved out of position. They did not immobilize my leg, and I had severe blood loss after the surgery, and it took them five da... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Would you please attach pre-operative and post-operative x-rays? Read Full »
Is it necessary to put cast for green-stick fracture in a 6-month-old?
Query: Hello doctor, My daughter fell from a 50 cm high bed on a carpeted floor. Three days later, her mother and I noticed that her right leg was not as active as the left one. Although she was not complaining from pain, it was very clear that she tried to avoid moving her right leg. She is 6.5 months ol... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your daughter has greenstick fracture of the distal femur. The cast which your doctor is asking to apply is hip spica. First of all, ideally hip spica should be applied under anesthesia to facilitate reduction of bone fragments but in this case, since no reduction is re... Read Full »
Had treatment for displaced femur fracture. Can I walk like before without limping?
Query: Hi doctor, I had a left femur midshaft fracture while playing in a garden. It was a displaced fracture. So I underwent ORIF. A titanium rod was inserted before 57 days. Can I walk like before without limping and when? And there is no sensation in the upper thigh. Why? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you are 15 years old, there are good chances that you will be able to walk soon because children's bone can unite fast. It has been more than six weeks so I think you can start putting partial weight on that limb. But before that, I would like to have a look at yo... Read Full »