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Non displaced weber b fx partial aftl+delt tear 15wks on delayed union could bad circulation cause delayed or non union and why? always cold hands

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Maybe: Bad circulation could certainly contribute to delayed bone healing, but circulation can be easily checked by assessing pulses and/or studies (such as doppler). An external bone stimulator may be an option for your delayed union.
Dr. Sourendra Raut
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 18 years experience
Other possibilities: Yes, bad circulation can be a factor. The primary causes of a non-union can be broken down into three categories: 1) too much movement at fracture site 2) poor circulation in foot (due to smoking, diabetes, or other conditions) 3) infection circulatory problems cause fewer nutrients to arrive at the fracture site in the lower extremity resulting in fewer building blocks available for healing.

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