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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
Orthopedic Surgery 42 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?
Dr. Mark Khorsandi
Hand Surgery 22 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).
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 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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