Malunion fracture treatment | Surgery in Hyderabad | Dr. Vasudeva Juvvadi
Malunion fracture is somewhat different from nonunion fracture. When a bone gets fractured, your body starts to heal the bone. During the healing process, if the two ends of the fractured bone do not line up properly, the bone doesn’t heal in the correct position. A malunion fracture may result if your hand, wrist, forearm, knee, or any other part gets fractured, and the bone gets twisted, shortened, or bent while undergoing the healing process.
Many people develop malunion fractures when they do not immobilize the fractured bone immediately or delay seeking treatment after the fracture. Improper alignment of the bone after fracture may also result in this condition. Malunions are painful and may result in swelling around the fracture and degeneration of the bone and tissue.
Causes Of Malunions
In adults, malunion mostly occurs due to inadequate immobilization, i.e. stabilizing the affected area to prevent movement; premature weight-bearing, or ineffective surgical treatment internally or externally to fix the fracture.
In children, malunion may develop due to partial or complete damage of growth plates – owing to trauma, or overgrowth of bones. Even after providing treatment, the fractured bone may lead to limb length differences or angulation deformities.
Malunion Fracture Surgery in Hyderabad
You can notice the symptoms of malunion after your fracture heals:
- Angulation, i.e. the bone may be bent, shortened, or twisted
- The fractured part may not flex or extend like before
- Excessive swelling
- Possibly shortening of the bone
- Improper functioning of the involved limb
- If the malunions forms in joints, you may notice joint stiffness
Best Surgeon for Malunion Fractures in Hyderabad
An orthopedic doctor who specializes in malunion fracture sees the patient’s medical history and previous treatment details. Mostly, doctors prefer X-rays to diagnose malunion. Doctors also order a CT scan or an MRI scan for the diagnosis of malunion. MRI helps in checking the issues related to cartilage and ligament that could develop malunion and misalignment. CT scans help in finding abnormal structures and guide the placement of instruments during the surgical procedure.
How Is Malunion Fractures Treated?
If any person is diagnosed with malunion, then surgical treatment is the most common treatment for a malunion. Dr. Vasudeva Juvvadi is one of the best trauma surgeons in Hyderabad who has treated hundreds of similar cases successfully.
He provides treatment to realign the bone position in order to improve the functioning of the damaged part. The procedure involves revoking the bone and then correcting and realigning the fracture. As we know, malunion is of various forms, so in some cases, the bone might be trimmed at the fractured ends for proper orientation to straighten the bone into proper position. In some cases screws, plates or pins might be inserted for support. Additionally, some surgeon might perform bone grafting that helps in faster fracture healing.
Post-operative Care By Dr. Vasudeva Juvvadi
Postoperative care is very important to prevent malunion. Here are the post-operative care tips from the doctor:
- In some complicated cases, the patient should be under observation for the first 24 hours after surgery.
- After surgery, keep the dressing of the fracture CLEAN and DRY to avoid possible wound infections and other healing complications.
- The doctor gives a pain relief prescription after the surgery. Patients should not take other pain medication unless advised by the doctor.
- Avoid driving for until the fracture heals completely
- Stop drinking alcohol
- Avoid smoking and use of other tobacco products like nicotine gum or nicotine patches.
- Avoid lifting excess weight that could put pressure on the surgical area.
- Never skip doctor visits, consult your doctor regularly for a check-up
- The doctor will evaluate the fracture estimates the healing at your regular appointments
- After several weeks of surgery, probably you may feel stiff and weak due to immobilization at the site of the fracture. So the patients are recommended to get treatment from an occupational therapist to regain lost functionality.
Choosing the best doctor is very important in treating malunion fractures. Dr. Vasudev Juvvadi is highly experienced trauma surgeon in treating malunion fractures of all conditions. If you are experiencing such problems, don’t hesitate to visit our hospital for the best treatment. You don’t have to live with deformities anymore.