Fractures in the tibia (or shinbone) can occur in a variety of different ways. One of the most common treatments for tibia fractures is intramedullary nail fixation. During the nail fixation procedure I will insert a metal rod into the marrow canal of the tibia and across the fracture. The metal rods or nails are available in various lengths, so I will choose the correct size for your particular injury before screwing them to the bones. The nails then keep the bones in a stable position while they heal. This process takes between 12 and 16 weeks.
Tibia fractures can also be treated with the use of plates and screws. This is relatively uncommon and usually reserved for fractures close to the top end or bottom end of the tibia. During the procedure, I will reposition the bones before placing the screws and plates on the outer surface of the bones. The plates will help to keep the bones aligned.