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Broken tibia+fibula; no surgery question
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Broken tibia+fibula; no surgery question

I recently (3 days ago) broke my tibia and fibula.  Here are pictures I took of my x-ray.  Clean, closed breaks.  I realize that the tibia is the weight bearing bone but it is only cracked a little.  The fibula is broken all the way through, but I have heard that fibula can usually be treated without surgery.  I am currently in an air cast and it is causing me barely any discomfort at all.  I really need to know if my overall condition (both tibia and fibula breaks) can be treated in ANY WAY at all without surgery.  My x-rays are image hosted below.

Also I am a runner and would like to know if I will be able to run again 100%, but that question is secondary to the surgery question.

PICTURES OF MY X-RAYS- Copy and paste into web-browser:

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/5154/71701608.jpg

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/9382/43029989.jpg

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/4791/86463547.jpg
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If after the fracture your bones are aligned then it is easy to treat and you do not need surgery. Immobilisation and allowing the bones to heal is the best option. If you have a crack in the fibula and as tibia gives support here the tibia acts as a cast and helps in healing. But for major dilocation and fragmented fractures surgery is the only option.
Any orthopaedician will go conservatively and surgery will be the last option.
Your fibula in the picture seems to be aligned and you do not need surgery but the last decision should only be taken by your orthopaedician . Take care!
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