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What is a fracture? How to Tell a Fracture?

A fracture is a condition in which our bone integrity is impaired. So how do you understand the fracture? You can read about this and other details below.

What are the Differences Between Fracture and Crack?

Although an unallocated fracture is considered a crack, it is essentially a fracture as both break bone integrity.

How to Tell a Fracture? How Is A Fracture Diagnosed?

Fracture findings; pain, swelling, excessive movement are in the form of deformity. In cases where there is no deformity, a definitive diagnosis should be avoided without radiological imaging of the bone. Some fractures line a fairly thin line and can be missed, in which case MRI or tomography may be required.

Fatigue fractures can only be noticed on MRI. If it is not compatible with conventional x-ray examination, MRI should be considered without hesitation. For fractures that cannot be localized, the location may be determined by bone scintigraphy and diagnosed by localized MRI or tomography.

What is the Fracture Treatment Process?

Fractures heal with a plaster splint in 6-12 weeks if the contact surface is more than 50 percent, there is no rotation, the angulation is not more than 15 degrees in the direction of movement, the anterior-posterior 10 degrees and is stable during fixation. Non-healing delay exceeding 5 months, nonunion is accepted in cases exceeding 7 months.

At Which Stage Is Fracture Surgery Required?

If there is no contact between the fracture ends or if it is less than 50 percent, angulation is high and stability cannot be achieved, surgery should be performed. Some fractures (hip neck fracture, muscle attachment ruptures, epicondyle and malleolus fractures) are treated promptly.

If muscle and connective tissue have entered between the broken ends, surgery is also performed.

What Are The Surgery Options - How Is It Done - How Long Does It Take?

In open surgery, the fracture ends are brought face to face and fixation is provided with plates and metals from the bone marrow (intramedullary) long bones from the surface. In rigid and solid fixings, joint movement can be given immediately and weight can be given. If the surgical fixation is insufficient, timing should be done with the surgeon's decision.

What is the Recovery Process After the Surgery?

Fracture healing is best achieved without surgery. Fracture union is completed in 6-12 weeks with or without surgery. Weight-bearing and joint movement are planned according to the load carried by the bone.

Does It Recur After Surgery?

If the boiling is not completed, it can be separated from the same place again. The probability of breaking the unbroken bone is the same as the fracture at the same place after union.

How Much is the Surgery Fee?

It is planned according to the patient's budget.

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