Tibia/Fibula Fracture

Title: Fractures of the Tibia and Fibula: Treatment Options and Potential Complications


Welcome to the Kopec Law Firm’s comprehensive guide on fractures of the tibia and fibula. This page aims to provide valuable information about the treatment options available for these fractures, as well as potential complications that may arise during the treatment process. It also provides information about pursuing a medical malpractice claim.

Treatment Options:

Non-Surgical Treatment:

Immobilization: In cases where the fracture is stable and the bones are well-aligned, immobilization using a cast, brace, or splint may be recommended. This allows the bones to heal naturally over time.

Weight-bearing restrictions: Patients may be advised to avoid putting weight on the affected leg during the healing process to prevent further damage.

Complications of Non-Surgical Treatment:

  • Delayed healing: In some cases, fractures may take longer to heal, leading to extended immobilization periods and potential complications.
  • Malunion: Improper alignment of the fractured bones during healing can result in malunion, where the bones heal in a misaligned position.
  • Nonunion: In rare cases, the fractured bones may fail to heal completely, leading to a condition known as nonunion.

Surgical Treatment:

Internal Fixation: This involves the use of metal plates, screws, or rods to stabilize the fractured bones and promote proper healing.

External Fixation: In certain complex fractures, external fixation devices may be used to stabilize the bones from outside the body.

  • Complications of Surgical Treatment:
    • Infection: Surgical procedures carry a risk of infection, which may require additional treatment and prolong the recovery process.
    • Nerve or blood vessel damage: During surgery, there can be injury to nearby nerves or blood vessels, which may result in sensory or motor deficits.
    • Hardware-related complications: Metal implants used for fixation may cause irritation, discomfort, or require removal in some cases.

Next Step

Fractures of the tibia and fibula can be treated through non-surgical or surgical methods, depending on the severity and complexity of the fracture. Complications during the treatment process can occur. If you believe you have experienced medical malpractice, it is important to seek legal advice from a professional specializing in medical negligence cases.

Visit the free consultation page or video. Then contact the Kopec Law Firm at 800-604-0704 to speak directly with Attorney Mark Kopec. He is a top-rated Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer. The Kopec Law Firm is in Baltimore and pursues cases throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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