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Have fractured tibia and fibula during skiing accident. Healing time?

Hi Following a high trauma skiing accident, I fractured my tibia in two places (lower fracture is oblique, upper is butterfly) and fibula once 3.5 weeks ago. I have two plates (with many screws) on the tib and nothing on fib. No cast. I had a check up yesterday and was told no weight bearing for another six weeks just light toe touching and come back for another x-ray and checkup then. How long before I am fully repaired and what are the likely steps between now and walking normally.
Asked On : Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Generally, it takes about 12-16 weeks for the union of the lower limb fractures in adults.

If you bear any weight on the operated leg within that period, the IMPLANTS (PLATES & SCREWS) will break.

So consult your treating doctor for all necessary advices.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Sun, 28 Jul 2013
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Radiologist Dr. Vivek Chail's  Response
May 2014
Thanks for writing in.

Sorry to hear about your skiing accident.
Your fractures may take a slightly longer time to heal because tibia is broken in two places.
Even with plates, a fracture at one place will heal faster than in your situation. That is the reason your doctor has advised against weight bearing.
I suppose with proper precautions you could start physiotherapy and light weight bearing by 3 months (under supervision of your doctor). Complete healing can take six months.

Hope this helps.
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