DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR P. MARAZZI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Surgical scars on the thigh of a 76 year old woman after having nails inserted to fix a fractured femur (thigh bone). It is important that a fractured bone is correctly aligned if it is to heal properly and avoid future complications. It can take up to six months for a femur to heal as it is a weight-bearing bone.
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