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03 Mar 2004

Post operative effects
My Mom broke her leg once.She got healed.In the late 90's she fell and had the same leg in a plaster.She got well.However, recently she started getting severe pains in her leg.When going back to the government hospital she has been attending, no checkup was done on her.Her X-rays from the past were revealed and she was told that her leg will never heal.What they can offer her is another operation that can possibly leave her leg unable to flex.Doctor is this honestly true.I don't believe that her leg is beyond repair.She is 50. right body mass and active personWhat treatment can she get and which doctor or institution can help her.She is a pensioner with no medical aid.Please advice.She is not taking it easy.I hate to see her so hurt and helpless.Pleeease Doc.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Lee,
Wel, you could ask for a second opinion ( and try our cyber-neigbour in health24, Cyberdoc, as this is mainly a medical question ). Some fractures don't heel, especiall if there has been new damage to the same site. Much depends on the condition of the leg, the circulation, etc., and on the position of the unhealed fracture, as well as the type of fracture ( whether a single clean break, or something more messy with many bone fragments ). In some cases they might be able to place metallic pins and plates on the bone to hold the break together ; maybe if the fracture is too close to the knee, they might find it better to fix the fracture with the knee no longer able to flex. This doesn't have to be as handicapping as it sounds, but the efect on her mobility would need to be discssed with the surgeon proposing it. She's still young enough to have a good cance of responding well to competen surgery.
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