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Why won't my hand fracture heal without surgery?

Why won't my hand fracture heal without surgery?

It can: Typically with hand fractures the question is no will it heal but in what position will it heal in. If the fracture is not in a good position your hand function will be compromised.

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Hand Fracture (Definition)

A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a ...Read more


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I got a hand fracture. I had surgery with metal pins. When will it heal fully?

I got a hand fracture. I had surgery with metal pins. When will it heal fully?

Not enough info: In general, your surgeon will perform surgery to ensure proper healing in circumstances where treating the fracture in a cast would result in a less favorable outcome. Getting the bone to heal is only one part of getting your hand to heal fully. There are other factors, such as the severity and location of the injury, as well as therapy, when needed that determine your final outcome.

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How do I treat a broken hand after surgery on it?

Carefully!: It depends on what was done during surgery. If the broken bone was fixed rigidly with plates and screws, you should be able to begin early motion and functional use. On the other hand, if only pins where used to fix the fracture, you might have to wait 6 weeks for full bony healing before you can move the hand. Talk to your surgeon about, immobilization, activity restrictions and exercise.

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What is the downtime for a broken hand that requires surgery?

What is the downtime for a broken hand that requires surgery?

Depends: Depends on exactly what the surgery or bone is. Metacarpal fractures and surgeries seem to heal very quickly -- 4 weeks even. It also depends on what you're planning to do with your hand. Using a computer or driving is relatively quick to get back to doing. Swinging a sledge hammer, of course, will require more time.

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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal?

How long does it take for a broken hand to heal?

4-6 weeks: Bones in the hand and fingers usually heal enough to resume motion and strengthening in 4-6 weeks. The bone will continue to heal and strengthen for a year.

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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated.

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How long should it take a broken hand to heal?

How long should it take a broken hand to heal?

It depends.: Most fractures take between 6 to 8 weeks to heal. They may be healed enough to allow for movement much sooner, however, and may continue to remodel for months after healing has occurred. Other factors may include the type of fracture, the form of treatment chosen, and patient factors such as age.

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How long will it take a broken hand to heal?

How long will it take a broken hand to heal?

6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Hand fractures can lead to deformity and pain; be sure to get it properly evaluated and treated. See your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results.

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How long does it usually take a broken hand to heal?

How long does it usually take a broken hand to heal?

Depends: If you can tell us what you broke that will help us give you an estimate as to the time healing would take.

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How long does it take for broken hand bones to heal?

How long does it take for broken hand bones to heal?

Broken hand bones: For simple uncomplicated fractures in fingers or the metacarpals (long bones) take 6-8 weeks to heal, however some wrist bones such as the scaphoid and others may take longer as the blood supply in these is not as straightforward. Open fractures and higher energy injuries may take longer. The quality of the soft tisse and nerve supply and circulation in an injury zone may lengthen healing times.

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How long does it take a broken hand bone to heal? Do you think 6 weeks is a good estimate?

How long does it take a broken hand bone to heal? Do you think 6 weeks is a good estimate?

4-6 weeks: Most fractures heal within 4-6 weeks. Some are healed enough to start gentle motion exercises within 3 weeks or so. Ask your orthopedic surgeon who can guide you through the healing process and make recommendations regarding safe level of activity.

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How long would it take an old woman to heal from a broken hand?

How long would it take an old woman to heal from a broken hand?

An older person: Who is otherwise healthy heals fine. Average bone healing time is 6-8 weeks but a nondisplaced fracture may be allowed to move at a few weeks while a comminyed fracture may need longer.

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How long will it take for a hand fracture to heal? When can I return to work? I'm cabin crew

How long will it take for a hand fracture to heal? When can I return to work? I'm cabin crew

Hand fractures can: Take 6-8 weeks to heal for simple long bone (finger and metacarpal) injuries. Wrist bones, open injuries, injury with significant soft tissue damage can take longer. Airline employee rules for return to work are often complex so make sure you talk to your employer and treating md to find out whether you can return in a splint or not. Its often not a straightforward answer.

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How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

Depends: Depends on many factors how bad is the fracture and how good is the vitamin d level and of course all smokers heal slower all fractures take about 2 years to go on to full healing and remodeling but most should be pretty darn solid by 10-12 weeks with hands stiffness is a major issue post injury so early gentle range of motion is important.

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How long does it take for a broken hand to recover?

How long does it take for a broken hand to recover?

It varies...: Recovery from a broken hand depends on many factors: severity and location of the fracture, compliance with the prescribed form of immobilization (cast, splint), age of the patient and other negative healing factors such as the presence of diabetes or smoking. Metacarpal fractures are the most common type of hand fracture, and most heal in about 6 weeks.

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How long does it take for a child's hand fracture to regain full strength?

How long does it take for a child's hand fracture to regain full strength?

6-12 weeks: Fractures usually take about six weeks to heal. Even after the fracture is healed, patients - kids included - tend to favor the injured extremity for a while. That time varies from person to person and also depends to some degree on the severity of the injury. 6-12 weeks from the day of injury is a good estimate.

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How long did it take you to recover after broken hand?

How long did it take you to recover after broken hand?

6-8 weeks: Is a typical bone healing time but for fractures that need reduction and or surgery while the bone is mechanically healed after 6-8 weeks I always tell patients that it is several month process and months later before the wrist and hand begin to feel more " normal". Much also depends on the severity if fracture as a simple nondisplaced hairline fracture is very different from one needing operative.

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Why has my broken hand not healed yet? How long is it supposed to take?

Depends: It depends on which bone is fractured and how bad the injury was. Healing time for the hand and wrist can range from 5-16 weeks.

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How long before a hand fracture heals?

How long before a hand fracture heals?

Rather quickly...: Compared to other bones. Hand fractures are often healed in 3-4 weeks. At that point they will often not appear to be healed on xrays but these lag behind the actual healing. Because stiffness in the hand is much more common than poor fracture healing, immobilization of hand fractures needs to be for as short a time as possible.

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