A sudden accident could happen to anyone of us which can result in a painful fracture and can turn all our well-planned agendas topsy turvy, and when we rush to the nearby orthopaedic surgeon with so much of anxiety and apprehension, and after waiting for some time to see the surgeon, you enter the consultation room with so much of trepidation, and the surgeon examines you, takes an x-ray and tells you with a very serious face, you need to be operated, you feel it is the last thing you need is it not?

Now, do all fractures need to be operated?

The answer is a big…. no. Every fracture has got a character like every one of us and behaves generally in a preordained way and has a mind of its own. Some fractures are displaced, or there may be an associated wound which might need proper dressing and management and these patients might need surgical intervention, so in these cases, the fracture needs to be operated, while some fractures are not much displaced, and have only minimal soft tissue damage, which may be treated without surgery.

The general contention is, fractures in young individuals less than 15 years old, minimally displaced fractures, and fractures not involving the joints can be treated conservatively or without surgery.

Comminuted fracture with displacement, fractures with open wound, fractures involving the joints and some fractures like fracture neck of femur, fracture scaphoid – which is the bone in the wrist, generally to be treated surgically, but we should always remember the decision rests with the well-informed surgeon.

Generally, surgical treatment results in the patient going back to his normal activities faster and earlier and thereby going back to normal activities as soon as possible.

Rigid immobilization is usually avoided after surgery thereby pain and stiffness of the joint can be avoided, while in treatment without surgery for fracture, immobilization is a must, which can result in stiffness and pain in the joints.

So, when there is a fracture, multiple factors come into play when the surgeon decides to operate or not to operate. The important thing is to remember that,  your orthopaedic surgeon is a professional and knows his job. Though there may be exceptions like in any other profession, which I do not refute, full confidence in your surgeon and belief in his methods will go a long way in making you better soon.

If you do not have confidence in your surgeon, better change your surgeon, which might do good to you and the surgeon in the long run.

14 Thoughts to “Do all fractures need to be operated?”


    This article helps common man like me to understand the importance of professional surgeons & gives utmost clarity and builds confidence to undergo surgery without any hesitation and anxiety…
    Thank you

    1. admin

      Thank you for your comments , hope to keep writing

  2. Thanks for explaining everything in a simple and detailed manner. All the content in the blog was so informative.

    1. admin

      Hi Sajjad .. thank you for taking the time to comment.. hope to carry it forward.

  3. Shabeer Ahmed

    As well as can be explained to a layman

    1. admin

      Thank you so much for your comments … will encourage us to go further.

  4. Dr. Essa Mohamed Rafique

    The For Ortho Hospital is doing yeomen service, at affordable costs. Especially considering modern-day life style where Ortho services come in handy for age-induced problems and disease.

    Wishing For Ortho Hospital grows and spreads its wings of care into many more value-for-money treatment centers across the face of the earth.

    1. admin

      Thank you sir … your encouragement and blessings mean a lot to us.

  5. Jayaprakash

    Well written in a simple layman terms..giving more clarity..i think such writings will help public to get an unbiased opinion and enable them to take informed decisions..i suggest that select articles or all articles should be translated to tamil as well for wider regional reach..looking forward for more articles..i am sharing the articles in whatsapp groups..

    1. admin

      Thank you for the comment and your thoughts … will think about doing it in regional language also… but we are still in our infancy here..will take it further with your support.

  6. Meithili Sundarapandian

    Adding up blogs in a Hospital website is very important and this is indeed a invitable initiative,I would like to appreciate the entire team.
    With the technological growth,yes people are surfing a lot and trying to know more about the topic they wanted.
    Health is everything for a human and now a days lots of new technical terms and many new methods are been followed.
    This type of blogs gives more information to a patient and when they meet their surgeon they clarify all their doubts and will be more comfortable before any procedure to be followed.
    My best wishes and good luck for the team.
    Please continue this great work,which keeps everyone updated.

    1. admin

      Thank you ….the idea is to create awareness among the public about the common orthopedic ailments and bone and joint health in general.

  7. Vinodhini P. N

    how many days, basic rest to be taken after surgery?
    After surgery , In case of he is a diabetic patient, is there will be any delay in healing process, or this diabetic affection cause any complications ?

    1. The question is very big but the answer will be small…😊😊. Rest to
      the limbs depends on the bone involved and age of the patient… generally
      6 to 8 weeks for adults, and 4 to 6 weeks for children.
      In diabetic patients there can be a delay in union and there may be
      complications like infection, delayed union, infective non union and
      even amputations.

Leave a Comment