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tib/fib fx question

I am David, 46 years old with very good health. 5 months ago I slipped on wet leaves, spun around and had an open tib/fib fx about 3 in above the ankle. The tibia was fixed with plates and screws which will be permanent. Now I can walk with a small limp, have had no physical therapy. On the last ortho visit I found the the fibula fx had not been fixed at all. The doctor said there was no reason to resolve the fibula fx. Would it not be a good idea to resolve both of these fractures ? I am confused and concerned about what actions should be taken at this point. Do you have an opinion on this issue ? Thank you.
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Hello!

Fibula is a thin bone and tibia will act as a splint for fibula to heal.

1) If you have grossly dislocated your fibula by the fracture;
2) If have problems such as mal-union and non-union of the fibula bone; then your orthopaedic surgeon will fix your fibula bone.

Take a second opinion.

Take care!
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Hi there! I had basically same injury and after 5 months my fibula had not healed so I had a bone graft done.-This is where they take some bone from your hip to put in fibula with some more hardware. I have heard so many takes on fibula fractures-leave them,& even have it removed all together! My take on it is to be put back together as close as new as one can.    Good luck to you!
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