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Teen broke her legs, under went surgery with steel rods insertion. Possibility of blood clotting?

my grand baby had a bad car accident and broke both of her legs she had surgery and had steel rods inserted in both upper and lower legs we are worried about blood clotting she is seventeen years old plus she cant put any weight on her left leg i hope you except this message with money this accident is going to cost me about 100,000.00 dollars
Asked On : Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Even though there is a possibility of development of DVT after internal fixation of long bone in young adults, it generally occurs within a few days after surgery. And the typical symptoms of DVT include swelling of the entire leg, pain in the leg often starts in the calf, presence of local warmth over the leg & changes in the skin colour either to white or red. If any of these symptoms develop, you may need to urgently rush to the ER.

She is not advised to bear weight on the operated leg till bony union occurs which usually takes around 3-4 months.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Thu, 15 Aug 2013
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