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How long is recovery from a femur fracture?

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Posted on Tue, 4 Oct 2016
Question: Hi Doctor,

This question is to an orthopaedic surgeon.On 1st July , my mother who is 62 years of age broke her femur bone right above the thigh after she met with an accident.

She got operated the next day with plates and screws implanted.We have been reviewing with our doctor here and its been almost more than 2 months since the surgery.Plate union is in progress and ankle movement is full according to xray report.

How much time does it take the patient to fully recover?
She is using a knee cap over crepe bandage.Can she remove the knee cap occasionaly for her excercise or while sleeping?
She now walks with the help of a walker.What is the benefit of the same.
After the surgery , she is suffering from hair loss.Is it common after surgery and can you suggest some medicines for stoping hair loss.

Regards
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
2-3 months are needed for healing.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
In case of fracture of femur at her age even after a surgical fixation it takes 2-3 months for proper bone healing. After that physiotherapy is needed to regain the proper joint movements.
She can remove the knee cap during rest but not during exercise. Use an elastic knee cap during day time and exercise for a good support to the knee.
Walker allows the partial weight bearing on the fracture site. This helps in bone healing.
The hair loss after surgery is due to weakness and poor nutrition. She needs proper multivitamin and folate supplements and a high protein diet to regain her hairs.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (16 minutes later)
Thanks for your reply.Can you suggest some folate and multivitamin tablets for hair regrowth or some good hair oil.she is taking Betonin syrup
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Tablet Hairbless will help.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thanks for writing again.
She can take Tablet Hairbless once a day and have a high protein diet do a regular massage in the hair roots to improve the blood circulation of the scalp.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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How long is recovery from a femur fracture?

Brief Answer: 2-3 months are needed for healing. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. In case of fracture of femur at her age even after a surgical fixation it takes 2-3 months for proper bone healing. After that physiotherapy is needed to regain the proper joint movements. She can remove the knee cap during rest but not during exercise. Use an elastic knee cap during day time and exercise for a good support to the knee. Walker allows the partial weight bearing on the fracture site. This helps in bone healing. The hair loss after surgery is due to weakness and poor nutrition. She needs proper multivitamin and folate supplements and a high protein diet to regain her hairs. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal