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How are non-healing bones treated?

The treatment of a broken bone that is non-healing (a non-union fracture), cannot be addressed by a cookbook approach. Every non-union is unique. The first step is to find out how the bone was broken initially. For example, was it an open fracture, were the skin and muscles torn open, or were there lots of different fractures? These are factors that can make it difficult for the bone to heal. Once that is determined, the doctor can formulate a treatment plan. Most treatment plans involve surgery, which involves fixing the bone in a different way to stabilize it, and adding something, in many cases, to get the bone to start healing again.

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