Treatment Methods for Compound Tibia Fracture 

There are many methods to treat compund tibia fracture. There is a non-surgical procedure and sugical procedure. Kevin Ware had to do a surgical procedure because he had the most severe case. 

Non-surgical Treatment

This procedure is recommended for patients who are unqualified for sugical methods due to health problems, less active, or have closed fractures. The first thing a doctor will do is provide comfort and support. They will wait until sweilling goes down and perform their treatment plan. Then they will cast and brace it. This will provide support and immobilize the injured area so your body can have time to naturally heal.

Surgical Treatment

This procedure is recommended for patients who have open fractures with wounds, fractures that have not healed from non-surgical treatment, or large fractures with bone displacements. There are three types of procedures: intramedullary nailing, plates and screws, and external fixation.

Intramedullary Nailing

Make sure you talk to a doctor to find what treatment is best for you. In Intramedullary nailing, surgeons will place a specially designed rod into the tibia. The rod will pass through the site of the fracture to keep it in place. Kevin Ware used this method.

Plates and Screws

If intramedullary nailing method cannot work for a patient doctors will turn to this treatment. In this method, the fractured bones are repositioned. Then it is held back together by metal plates and screws attatched to the outer surface of the bone. This method is used when intramedullary nailing is not an option for the patient.  

External Fixation

This is an old school method, very unlikely to use today.

"In this type of operation, metal pins or screws are placed into the bone above and below the fracture site. The pins and screws are attached to a bar outside the skin. This device is a stabilizing frame that holds the bones in the proper position so they can heal."


- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons


A compound tibia fracture takes about 4 to 6 months to heal completely and physcial therapy will be recommended. 

Kevin Ware Compuound Tibia Fracture

"Kevin Ware ultimately healed and finished his college career with Georgia State, according to the Player's Tribune. Ware signed on with a professional team based in the Czech Republic in November, 2016, according to ESPN.

For the fans, it is another lesson learned. The thrill of victory is sometimes dampened by the agony of injury."

- Benjamine Wedro

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