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Doctor insights on: I Fractured My Metacarpal At The 2nd Digit What Kind Of Surgery Can Fix This

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I fractured my 4th metacarpal a few days ago in basketball game. Is surgery necessary?

I fractured my 4th metacarpal a few days ago in basketball game.  Is surgery necessary?

Metacarpal fractures: If non displaced or non angulated (bent) or not shortened don't typically need surgery. Surgery can be offered for excessive angualation, abnormal rotation that shows up a truly overlapped fingers or significant shortening that could change tendon mechanics . Open fractures also need to be washed out, especially grossly contaminated wounds with fractures. ...Read more

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Could the transversal fracture of the 4th metacarpal in the hand need surgery?

Could the transversal fracture of the 4th metacarpal in the hand need surgery?

Yes: Transverse fractures are often unstable and require surgery to avoid displacement. especially if there is loss of metacarpal height. seek care with a hand surgeon ...Read more

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5th metacarpal fracture, how long can I wait to get surgery?

5th metacarpal fracture, how long can I wait to get surgery?

? Boxers' fracture: The commonest fracture of the 5th metacarpal is that of it's neck and is also known as the boxers' fracture. It can be easily handled as an office procedure by your hand surgeon. Other fractures may need surgical repair by placing plates and screws. Average healing time is usually 6-8 weeks but for a lot of hand fractures the splint/cast is only half that time and then rehabilitation is started. ...Read more

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Do u need surgery if one of your metacarpals doesn't heal from a hairline fracture or sprain after 1 1/2 months if it still is not getting better?

Do u need surgery if one of your metacarpals doesn't heal from a hairline fracture or sprain after 1 1/2 months if it still is not getting better?

Surgery not likely: Pain due to trauma may be due to fracture, sprains, arthritis, muscle, nerve or tendon injuries. Have it valuated so that you may get her the appropriate care. ...Read more

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After placing the metal plate on 5th metacarpal bone, How many months will it take to recover Boxer's Fracture (5th metacarpal) completely in order to go for metal plate removal (second surgery). ?

After placing the metal plate on 5th metacarpal bone, How many months will it take to recover Boxer's Fracture (5th metacarpal) completely in order to go for metal plate removal (second surgery). ?

6-8 weeks: most likely it take 6-8 weeks for the bone to heal. they might want to wait for at least three month before to decide to have it removed. check with the surgeon that put it there. they will let you know what they preferred. ...Read more

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I have a fracture in the fifth metacarpal joint & I had surgery with the k wires my question is can I be able to do heavy weight lifting & boxing?

Best to wait: You are describing what is known as a Boxer's Fracture (a fracture of the 4th and/or 5th metacarpal bone). You need to wait until this is completely healed before you stress it again. In the end, I would talk to the hand surgeon before I did anything that may aggravate the bone's health. ...Read more

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Could a transversal fracture of the 4th metacarpal bone in the hand require surgery?

Unstable: Transverse fracture of 4th metacarpal tends to be unstable and difficult to stabilize with closed reduction and casting. It often requires open reduction and internal fixation for adequate stabilization to allow fracture to heal in anatomic position. ...Read more

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It has been 3 months since I had surgery on my 5th metacarpal bone due to boxer's fracture. Is it safe for me to do knuckle push ups on hard surface while having metal plate placed on metacarpal bone?

It has been 3 months since I had surgery on my 5th metacarpal bone due to boxer's fracture. 
Is it safe for me to do knuckle push ups on hard surface while having metal plate placed on metacarpal bone?

Without knowing: the true status, location, scar status, point at which youve recovered motion, strength and all the factors that your treating surgeon or therapist would know from treating you is is hard specifically answer that question. in general yes , BUT you really need to ask them ...Read more

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I had a fifth metacarpal joint fructure & had a surgery using the k wire I need to know if there is any physiotherapy that can be done & also if can I be able to box again or no cause I hear to different opinion from my doctors , the one who made the surg

I had a fifth metacarpal joint fructure & had a surgery using the k wire I need to know if there is any physiotherapy that can be done & also if can I be able to box again or no cause I hear to different opinion from my doctors , the one who made the surg

Depends: Would need to check with your surgeon. That being said, if you had a typical boxers(5th metacarpal neck) fracture and if it went on to heal in good position, there is not any reason to think you could not return to boxing, particularly if you had done it quite awhile before the fracture without problems. ...Read more

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What kind of surgery is needed to repair a fractured tibia?

Usuallly a Rod: Depending upon the location of the fracture, and the type of fracture, various rx are available - the intramedullary nail is the commonest. Plates and screws are used nearer the knee and ankle. Occasionally, an external fixator is used. ...Read more

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I had duel scaphoid, arm and hand fractures in 2003. I had surgery on the right wrist and hand. What kind of long term pain should I expect?

I had duel scaphoid, arm and hand fractures in 2003.  I had surgery on the right wrist and hand.  What kind of long term pain should I expect?

Depends: It depends if the fractures were displaced, how the fracture healed, and how much of the joint was involved. As your injuries are already 8-9 years old, you should have a good idea depending on your current function. ...Read more

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I'm online now. Type your question here.How long will I be in a air boot cast after a trimallelor fracture and surgery?

I'm online now. Type your question here.How long will I be in a air boot cast after a trimallelor fracture and surgery?

Cast: Likely anywhere from 6-8 weeks depending on the severity of the fracture and how well the surgery went. Your surgeon should be able to tell you what he/she expects for your particular case. Best wishes to you for fast healing. ...Read more

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I have a metacarpal fracture. What kind of therapy will be good?

Hand evaluation: Metacarpal fractures are best treated by a surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity surgeon. A hand therapy program can be prescribed by your treating physician to minimize stiffness and shorten recovery time. ...Read more

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I got ahairline fracture in my 5th metacarpal, splint is enough in this type or i would prefer cast?

I got ahairline fracture in my 5th metacarpal, splint is enough in this type or i would prefer cast?

Ulnar gutter splint: Splint for 3-4 weeks okay if it immobilizes the joint above and below the fracture site. Your pcp or hand surgeon can ensure that you do not need manipulation and then will customize an ulnar gutter splint for you. ...Read more

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Do all Jones fractures require surgery?

Jones fractures: All Jones fractions do not need surgery. If the fracture is displaced, surgery may be indicated. A Jones fracture should be immobilized in a walking boot or a cast with crutches for approximately 4 to 6 weeks. If there is evidence of The bone not healing properly, surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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Do 3 or 4 part fractures always need surgery?

Do 3 or 4 part fractures always need surgery?

Occasionally not: In the very elderly or medically frail or low activity patient there may be indications to not perform surgery on these fractures. ...Read more

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What happens during surgery for a fractured leg?

Fractured leg: The treatment for a fracture leg depends on the location of the fracture and the displacement of the fractured fragments. A simple nondisplaced fracture can be treated in a cast and more complicated fracture may require a rod insertion or plates and screws. ...Read more

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Hi, I had my cheekbone fractured and had an zygoma surgery. I had the surgery on 31/03/2016 and the swelling on my face has not fully disappeared. The?

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I had my cheekbone fractured and had an zygoma surgery. I had the surgery on 31/03/2016 and the swelling on my face has not fully disappeared. The?

Check with your --: -surgeon 2 make sure there is no complications. It's really only been a month,and swelling is 2 B expected still, but 2 B sure check with him/her. ...Read more