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Do you need the fibula in the lower leg for it to function without problems ?

My husband had a compound fracture & broke his tibua & fibula in his lower leg at the ankle & 25% of his talis bone was sheared off. He has had 5 surgeries on his leg & now has 5 plates & 14 screws in his leg. He had a cadiver bone put in his tubia bone with plates to hold it in place. When they put the plate on his fubula, they left a 1/4 (looks like on xray) gap in the fubula, that was in June, 2010. The dr said back 4 months ago that he really didn t need the fibula bone but now he is wanting to do surgery & do a bone graft. We are wanting to find out which is true. Does he or does he not need the fibula in his lower leg. He s not wanting to have unnecessary surgery.
Asked On : Fri, 18 Mar 2011
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Whether the surgery is necessary or not depends on the movement in the ankle which an orthopaedician can assess.If the fracture is in upper or middle third of fibula then the surgery may not be required.Take a second opinion also.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal
Answered: Fri, 18 Mar 2011
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