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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. Ira Katz
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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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