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Doctor insights on: Repairing Orbital Floor Fractures Without An Implant

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How can a repaired orbital fracture that happened 8 years ago , give me problems now with tingling and numbness?

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

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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 have an orbital fracture and have diplopia on downward gaze which hasn't improved for over 3 weeks. Is this normal?

I have an orbital fracture and have diplopia on downward gaze which hasn't improved for over 3 weeks. Is this normal?

Not normal: If you have an orbital fracture and now you are seeing double (diplopia) then you probably have an entrapped eye muscle. You need to see an Ear/Nose/Throat doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Do you have to stay in the hospital overnight after orbital fracture surgery?

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 more

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What is the treatment for double vision when you have an orbital fracture?

What is the treatment for double vision when you have an orbital fracture?

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 more

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What are the most common symptoms of orbital fracture?

What are the most common symptoms of orbital fracture?

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 more

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Had an orbital fracture years ago and never got it fixed, what should I do?

Had an orbital fracture years ago and never got it fixed, what should I do?

Maybe nothing : If you have no symptoms or enophthalmos do nothing. The biggest symptom will be double vision. If no Diplopia and they eyes appear symmetric do nothing. ...Read more

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For how long does orbital fracture surgery take to heal?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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


Dr. Chad Levitt
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more