How Long Does It Take To Put A Plaster Cast On A Patellar Fracture?
3 weeks ago I had an accident, the diagnosis was an open fracture of the right patellar avulsion, now I want to ask, how long does it actually take for the plaster cast? Then if I lift my leg, I feel the wound is being squeezed by the cast, is that okay?” Then my right leg feels smaller so the cast seems a bit loose, is that normal? Thank you
Hello, good evening Ivan.
The cast serves to keep the injured body part immobile (not mobile) so as to stabilize the position of the bone. It is not possible to determine how long the cast will take, depending on progress and signs of improvement/recovery. Recovery time because of this depends on the age of the patient, the condition of the fracture, and the presence/absence of complications. The younger the patient with the fracture, the faster the recovery will be. In simple fracture conditions (only one fracture, or the bone does not shift) at a young age, healing tends to be faster, which is around 12 weeks. Regular check-ups and periodic evaluations (with X-rays) are needed to monitor the progress of your condition.
Skin that is exposed to a cast repeatedly, can cause repeated friction. If this happens repeatedly, it can cause abnormalities in the wound experienced, thus interfering with the wound healing process. But you don't need to worry too much about this, by doing regular check-ups, the doctor will evaluate the progress of wound recovery. Installation of casts is not allowed to be too strong, because it can interfere with blood circulation and skin disorders.
Please read the following article on how to care for a cast
That's all, hope it helps.
Regards, dr. Denisa