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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: YOUR THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS - Broke Arm - Don't want surgery

 CharacterMatters - Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:47 pm

My mother is 68 years old. She had a stroke 12 years ago and does not have the use of her left arm and leg.

Friday she fell in the tub and broke her left arm (the one she does not have use of).

We took her to the emergency room and they put a splint on it until we see a surgeon.

We have an appointment with a surgeon today. I would prefer that she doesn't have surgery and that her arm just heal on its own, given that she doesn"t use it.

Can I get some thoughts and opinions on this?

Many thanks
 Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:20 pm

User avatar Hello,
This will all depend on the type of fracture. Sometimes surgery is done with a closed reduction, meaning that under anesthesia the bone can be manipulated with no incision involved. I would see the surgeon and ask for all your treatment options and expected outcomes, risks and benefits before deciding.

Best wishes.

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