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A 18-year-old female asked:

I fractured my pinky on the right hand. its the bone right under the nail bed. its been 6 weeks and no sign of healing has occurred. how much longer?

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Dr. Ronald Krinick
43 years experience
Problem: There should be signs of healing by 6 weeks. Each injury and recovery are individual. Go back to the surgeon and ask, why?
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Dr. Mark Khorsandi
Surgery 23 years experience
6-8 weeks: Also depends on the type of fracture (were the two ends far apart, multiple pieces, was it put properly back in alignment), location (near a joint, at the tip), how you treated it (splint, cast, surgery) and comorbid problems (do you smoke, have any conditions that prevent bone healing).
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Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 41 years experience
Patience: Bone healing on x-ray can lag behind actual clinical healing. Most phalanx fractures heal within 8 weeks.
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Last updated Dec 1, 2014

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