Your femur, also known as your thighbone, is the largest and thickest bone in your body. But severe trauma and injuries can lead to a femur fracture, which requires prompt treatment from Brian Mehling, MD, and Pavel Yufit, MD, the expert board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Mehling Orthopedics in Hackensack, New Jersey, and West Islip and Midtown, New York. Schedule an appointment online or call your nearest location directly to book an exam for emergency orthopedic trauma concerns.
As tough and durable as your femur may be, it’s certainly possible to break it. Common causes of femur fractures include:
Femur fractures can also occur after a slip and fall, especially if you have weakened or brittle bones due to osteoporosis.
The signs and symptoms of a femur fracture depend on the location and severity of your bone break. Your femur fracture may lead to:
You’re also probably going to find that your injured leg is no longer straight and that it’s shorter than your other leg. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, it’s important to have an immediate evaluation.
At Mehling Orthopedics, you can receive in-house digital X-ray imaging, so you can often get diagnosed on the spot. After examining your injured leg and looking at your images, Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit can design your treatment plan.
Most femoral fractures require surgery within 24-48 hours of your injury to realign your bones and promote healing. If you need an external fixation procedure for complex fractures, Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit can place metal screws or pins into your bone around your fracture site. They attach these implanted devices to a bar on the outside of your leg to keep your bones in proper alignment as they heal.
If Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit recommend an intramedullary nailing procedure, which is very common, they place a specially designed metal rod into the canal of your femur. This long rod is held in place with screws as your bone heals.
It’s also possible to need plates and screws implanted to reposition your femur into proper alignment. This femur fracture surgery, known as a reduction, might be an option if you have a bone break that extends into your hip or knee.
In any case, complete recovery from femur fracture surgery can take about three to six months. Dr. Mehling and Dr. Yufit are likely going to get you started on physical therapy after your fracture starts healing, so you can begin building up muscle strength and flexibility.
Book your femur fracture exam with Mehling Orthopedics as soon as your injury occurs. Click on the online booking feature or call your most convenient office to speak with a team member.