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Open Repair Of Orbital Fracture Other Than Blowout Fracture
How can a repaired orbital fracture that happened 8 years ago , give me problems now with tingling and numbness?
Orbital fracture: Sensory nerves travel along some bones of the orbit, mainly the infraorbital nerve which travels in the orbital floor and exits under the eye to supply sensation to the cheek, lower eyelid, and upper teeth on that side. The orbital floor is commonly fractured, leading to numbness. However, if a plate was placed to support the floor, it might be shifting and impinging on the nerve. Get it checked. ...Read more
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
I had a orbital fracture repaired 4 months ago. My cheek is still swollen, (appears puffy). Is this normal? If so, how long will it persist?
Depends: If the fracture is small then it is a one day surgery where you can go home later that same day. If it is a large fracture or other structures are affected then you may be in the hospital for a few days or longer. It really depends on the extent of the fracture. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Swelling, bruising..: Depending on the type of fracture, you may have double vision, orbital pain, swelling, bruising and eye irritation for the sutures and numbness in the face and teeth. All of these should resolve with time, although some may be permanent, especially if present before surgery. ...Read more
Swelling/Irritation: After surgery for an orbital fracture, most patients will experience swelling, bruising, and irritation. These are typically short lived. Because these surgeries involve work around delicate structures of the eye, your surgeon will likely follow you closely initially to make sure there is not a reduction of vision as this may suggest compromise to the blood supply to the eye. ...Read more
Rapidly: The facial area is well vascularized and a good blood supply enhances healing. Facial fractures, even which requiring surgical assistance heal rapidly, generally over a period of 1-3 weeks. There can be some minor symptoms which last several months related to re-organization of the disrupted nervous system in the injured area. ...Read more
Orbital Fracture: Greetings. By definition an orbital fracture with entrapment becomes a surgical consideration in the right patient. First you would need to have double vision with upward gaze. Also your eye movements would need to be limited because of the fracture limiting muscle movement. A CT image is usually needed prior to surgery. Finally seeing an experienced board certified surgeon is recommended. GL ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies by location: Orbital fracture is a vague term which includes several types of fractures. Symptoms could include double vision, blurry vision, pain, nose bleed, air in the orbit or cheek, etc. Some orbital fractures are basically without symptoms. You should be checked out by your eye md if you have any vision issues and see a ENT or plastic surgeon that treats facial fractures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends where it is: Any injury to the eye socket bones can be serious. Not all require surgical repair but it is essential that you have a complete eye exam to be sure there is no injury inside the eye. The decision on whether the fracture needs surgery depends on where it is, how large it is and whether it affects the nerves or muscle around the eye. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a headache normal after having surgery on a orbital fracture? How long before the pain goes away?
Common: Surgery has been done on an area of your body, the orbit, which is richly innervated with pain and other sensory fibers. These were disturbed in the injury and in the surgery and it will take a little while for it to feel normal. Your surgeon has probably prescribed something to deal with moderate pain, but if the pain is excruciating, contact the surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an orbital fracture and have diplopia on downward gaze which hasn't improved for over 3 weeks. Is this normal?
No but other issues: It won't kill you to not repair an orbit fracture but you could have other problems. Unrepaired orbit fractures can lead to permanent double vision or cause the eye to sink down or back into the head. All eye socket fractures should be carefully evaluated by an eye doctor and a facial surgeon who does facial fracture repairs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more