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Surgery often allows patients to regain movement and heal faster than nonsurgical treatment. Your long-term outlook depends on the severity of the fracture.
It is usually not necessary to remove an internal fixation device unless it causes problems.
The length of the hospital stay depends on the:
Most fractures heal in 6 - 12 weeks. Children's bones heal rapidly, usually in 6 weeks.
Browner BD, DeAngelis JP. Emergency care of musculoskeletal injuries. In: Townsend CM Jr., Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 21.
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