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How are fractures from osteoporosis treated?

Osteoporosis can result in fractured bone. Which bone is fractured and the type of fracture will determine the treatment. When a hip fractures, the affected part of the hip is often replaced in a surgery. When a wrist fractures, the wrist is usually put in a cast-surgery may or may not be necessary. A vertebrae fracture may require the back to be put in a back brace while it heals. Additional surgery called vertebroplasty can help repair a collapsed or crushed vertebrae. Vertebroplasty involves putting polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA - a bone glue that hardens quickly) into the area that is fractured. This surgery can take an hour for every vertebrae that is being repaired. Fractures from osteoporosis may take longer to heal than other fractures.

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