Bone Fractures

Many turtles involved in traumatic accidents like a hit by car, chewed by dog, or mowed by lawn mower present to Turtle Rescue Team with broken bones.  Because every case is a little different, we assess each individual patient to determine the best course of treatment.  Every turtle with a broken leg will get a radiograph (X-Ray).  This allows us to better assess the fracture.  A cleanly fractured bone (i.e. a bone that broke into only two pieces) is preferred over a bone that fractured into a lot of smaller pieces because it is easier to fix.

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In the case of a clean fracture, we will insert a metal rod or pin through the broken bones to realign the segments.  Then, the broken leg will be placed in a cast to give extra stability while the bones heal.

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If the bone can not be fixed, the leg might be amputated.  Turtles with only three legs can still move around quite easily and are releasable animals.

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