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Topic Title: Open fractures - Skin healing
Created On: 11/06/2004 02:18 PM
 
 08/12/2013 04:50 AM

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varana

With these types of injuries, even small penetrations in the skin can cover very large areas of soft-tissue damage around an open fracture.

Therefore, when surgically cleaning the bone, it is important to do this in the operating room (OR) under anesthesia -- trying to sufficiently assess and clean the bone in the emergency room, without adequate anesthesia, may be insufficient.


In addition, even though an injury to the skin is already present, a larger incision may need to be made.
 11/06/2004 02:18 PM

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zikomo

I had open fractures 17 months ago to my left forearm. Screws and plates were fitted and the bones healed no problem. However, the skin is still healing where the bones came through. The "holes" were left for the skin to grow back itself, but I'd like to hear from others who've had open fractures and how long it took theirs to heal. How was your skin treated?

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