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A 37-year-old member asked:

For how long does it take for a gunshot wound to heal?

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Dr. Stefan Chock
Trauma Surgery 22 years experience
It depends: Depending on where the gunshot wound is and what structures were damaged will affect the length of time for healing. A gunshot that goes through a bone will take longer to heal that a gunshot that just goes through the skin and soft tissue.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Depends. : Younger non- smokers without diabetes tend to heal much faster than older smokers with diabetes. Superficial GSWs tend to heal much faster than gunshots to the colon or small bowel. A GSW to the arm or leg may heal quickly within a week or two in a young healthy person.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How long will it take for a gunshot wound to heal?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends on…: Size & depth of wound, amount of internal damage, location of wound, whether blood supply to area was compromised, individual healing patterns, presence of comorbid conditions like diabetes, infection. Surgeon that treated wound should be best source for healing time estimate.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long is it supposed to it take a gunshot wound to the shoulder to heal?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Depends: The velocity and caliber of the gun shot as well as the entrance/exit sites and the tract of bullet between, are some of the determining factors. There are concerns about your joint, blood vessels and lung. Okay to check in with minor er or your doc about this wound and a chest x-ray. Be well.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How much time would a gunshot wound take to heal?

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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on severity: If it is in the soft tissue of arms or legs, about 2 weeks. In the abdomen, chest or neck it's a different story. Many of these require surgery. Some gunshot wounds never heal-look up Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain , a general from Maine in the Civil War.

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