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1General considerations

Soft-tissue swelling resolving 15 days after injury.

The amount of swelling is a good indicator of the degree of soft-tissue injury. As the swelling recedes, the skin begins to wrinkle both on the lateral and medial side. The wrinkling of the skin is a good indicator when surgery can be undertaken. Usually, one has to delay between 8-14 days before surgery can be undertaken without dire consequences. The maximum one can delay is about 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, the fracture becomes increasingly more difficult because of fracture healing.