What is the ideal time to remove tension band wire for olecranon fracture?

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It depends on few factors Fracture union: A well reduced fracture with TBW will unite enough in 6 weeks to mobilize. Another six weeks function can be normal. Since it is an area of strong muscle pull, implant can be left as a support for longer time. As usual implant removal can be done after one year or so. If there is implant problems like infection, skin tenting, bursitis etc earlier removal after fracture union radiologically can be done. It is all up to the experience and confidence of the surgeon. No universal guidelines can be made. In elderly etc , implant can be left alone if no problems.

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