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It may take up to several months for a broken leg to completely heal. But this depends on which bone is broken and how bad the break is. It takes less time for bones to heal in children. See our Recovery section for more information.
You don’t always need surgery for a broken bone. It depends on which bone you have broken and how bad a break it is. Sometimes you may just need a cast, brace or splint while your broken bone heals. See our About and Alternatives sections to find out more.
If you don’t get appropriate treatment for a broken bone, it might not heal in the right position. If it’s in a joint (such as your knee or shoulder), it may become stiff. Your doctor can tell you whether surgery or other treatments are the best option for you. Read more in our About section.
Yes, you can still fly if you have metal from surgery – like plates or rods – in your leg. It’s possible that it’ll set off a metal detector as you go through security, but this doesn’t always happen. You may find it helpful to carry a letter from your doctor to confirm you have metal implants in your leg.
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