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A 42-year-old member asked:

I fractured my third metacarpal. how long does a metacarpel fracture take to heal?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It depend on the : Location of the fracture if it is in the end of the bone or in the shaft 6-12 weeks.
Dr. Ramsey Ellis
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
6-8 weeks: Time to fracture healing depends upon many factors including tobacco use, medical conditions, and the "architecture" of the fracture. However, uncomplicated fractures without associated soft tissue injuries in health people are typically healed within 6 weeks. Importantly, early mobilization of the fingers in patients with stable fractures can help to decrease stiffness and recovery time.

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