Knee fracture

What can be done for a knee fracture other than a splint for two weeks? Can a mistake be made in not aligning the fracture properly? The vet indicated that the best we can do is allow the joint to heal as best it could. Does this mean that an overlap rather than a end to end attachment is sufficient? How long does it take after removing the splint for the bird to start using its leg normally?

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Jan 24, 2011
Knee fracture
by: The Avian Vet

Two weeks is not enough time for a fracture to heal in an adult bird. Depending on the size of bird, a splint is not sufficient to treat a fracture. A bird that is larger than 20 grams will need surgery. Misaligned fractures sometimes never heal and allowing overlap may prove a poor prognosis for repair. Recovery time after the coaptation is removed is a few weeks to a few months.

Dr B

Jan 24, 2011
Knee fracture
by: Linda

These are all questions for the Avian Vet, and two weeks sounds like a short time for a fracture to heal. Call them and/or take your bird in and have this discussion with them.

Thanks for writing and let us know what the Avian Vet has to say about your questions,

Linda

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