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Repairing Orbital Floor Fractures Without An Implant
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?
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
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
I have an orbital fracture and have diplopia on downward gaze which hasn't improved for over 3 weeks. Is this normal?
Not usually: Generally, fixing an orbital fracture is a pretty quick procedure where you can go home the same day. You should expect some swelling for a day or two, but it tends to go down pretty quickly. Pain is also quite manageable, making this a very reasonable outpatient procedure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Most likely not. Numbness is most likely due to involvement of the infraorbital nerve, which provides sensation to the front part of your cheek. Depending on when your injury took place, will most likely resolve with tincture of time, though some folks will always have some area of numbness. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Observe/operate: Following an orbital fracture there can be some temporary swelling and muscle trauma that can lead to double vision. This swelling can lead to temporary double vision. This should resolve within a week or so. If not surgery will most likely be required. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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