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A 33-year-old male asked:

I had duel scaphoid, arm and hand fractures in 2003. i had surgery on the right wrist and hand. what kind of long term pain should i expect?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: It depends if the fractures were displaced, how the fracture healed, and how much of the joint was involved. As your injuries are already 8-9 years old, you should have a good idea depending on your current function.
Dr. Nolan Segal
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Could be chronic: Scaphoid fractures are prone to many long term complications. Associated injuries compound these. Most common is arthritis with collapse of the wrist joint. Additional treatment might be needed.
Dr. Mark Einbecker
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Impossible to say: This sounds like a very serious injury and without seeing how the bone healed and other soft tissue injury the amount of latter pain would be hard to predict under the best of circumstances. Pain is also very subjective and what doesn't bother you may be incapacitating for another.
Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
Scaphoid fractures: After surgery don't hurt for long (if healed well). You may experience some discomfort along the scar. If you developed arthritis you can have some chronic pain. A new x-ray and re evaluation maybe a good thing.
Last updated Dec 24, 2014


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