Femur Fractures

Femur fractures occur in the femur (the thigh bone) is the longest and strongest bone in the human body.  A broken thighbone often results from a car accident or bad fall.  Symptoms include immediate, severe pain, deformity of the leg, bruising and swelling, and inability to move the leg.  A fractured femur is a serious injury because there may be associate injuries to other parts of the leg and body.


Symptoms 

A femur fracture(or broken leg/thigh bone) typically causes pain, tenderness, bruising, swelling and some deformity of the upper leg area.

Diagnosis

These injuries typically occur due to a traumatic incident.  Dr. Louis will perform a thorough examination to evaluate and determine the extent of your arm injuries and conduct a complete review of your medical history.

He may also utilized diagnostic tools such as an MRI, X-ray or CT scan to confirm the extent of your condition.

Treatment

It requires a lot of force to fracture this bone and, therefore, treatment is not simple. Surgery is required in just about every femur fracture, and the most common practice is to insert a metal rod down the inside of the bone to keep it straight (known as intramedullary fixation). This rod, which is inserted near the hip or through the knee, usually remains in the patient for life.  It holds the two ends of the bone in their proper alignment and rotation while they heal together. Other methods of surgical treatment include plating, in which a metal plate is applied to the side of the thighbone across the fracture and held in place by screws.