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What Is Healing Time For Scaphoid Fractures And Smokers
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
Scaphoid fracture: This depends on the level of the fracture through the scaphoid and if you have surgery or not. Nonoperative distal waist-3 months, mid waist-4 months, proximal waist-5 months. Surgical treatment usually has a healing time of 3 months. These are severe injuries which should be managed by your orthopaedic hand surgeon.
The pain in my fractured scaphoid has got worse in last week been in plaster for seven weeks been at work the whole time will this stop the healing?
Overuse: You need to discuss activity and use with your orthophosphate. Your activity may be preventing healing or suffering from nonunion or malunion despite immobilization. Increased pain not positive sign.See 1 more doctor answer
Variable: 1/2 of fractures of the proximal pole are healed by 5 mo, middle fractures by 12 weeks and distal (end) by 6 wks. Failure to heal relates to instability of the fracture and whether or not the blood supply has been cut off. X-rays often do not show well the exact pattern nor stability. Ct scans are helpful in evaluating for plan of treatment.See 1 more doctor answer
Months: The scaphoid is a very slow bone to heal. Depending on your age and displacement of fracture, it may take months before the fracture appears healed on an xray. It is important to follow the fracture to make sure it heals, as the scaphoid may go on to nonunion (not heal), or avascular necrosis (loss of blood supply with eventual collapse).See 1 more doctor answer
Surgery Recommended: Reasons for surgery: 1. Scaphoid non-unions. 2. Lifestyle. Non-unions are rare but unpredictable. Any scaphoid fracture can fail to heal. That ruins any activity requiring full grip or range of motion for the rest of your life. 8 to 12 weeks of casting can cost one a job, athletic fitness, etc. Virtually all surgeons have surgery so they can keep working. Use your values to decide what to do.See 2 more doctor answers
No: Marijuana smoke, unlike tobacco smoke, does not appear to have major effects on healing, especially healing of bone. However, this may depend on how much you smoke. Most cigarette smokers are consuming 20+ cigarettes per day, while marijuana smoker may smoke the equivalent of 3-4 cigarettes per day. If you smoke cigarettes, that will have more effect on healing than marijuana.See 1 more doctor answer
Are there any good treatment options for a scaphoid fracture that has been untreated for 15 years?
OLD scaphoid fx: Such that there is a NON union or a malunion can be associated with arthritis, cartialge wear, "collapse" of the normal arrangment of the wrist bones and all that must be considered when evaluating treatment options. There are many good options, from resecting a portion of bone or bones or partially fusing part of the wrist, to even just treating the symptoms. It isindividual process but can b OKSee 1 more doctor answer
Hey, I was told that my scaphoid fracture is healing on the back end and not the front so I have another month in a cast. Any advice to ensure healing?
'Behave': Meaning, don't test the limits of the cast--likely the Dr put very low lift/carry limits on the injured side--comply. Healthy diet with calcium-rich foods can't hurt--not the time to try to crash diet if looking for good bone union and to avoid surgery. No 100% answer, but hopefully these give some direction. Good luck!See 1 more doctor answer
It's my 4th week of non-displaced scaphoid fracture cast, still having tenderness in my palm and thumb. Does it healing No surgery Cast is for 6 week?
Scaphoid fractures: Can take longer than 6 weeks to heal. The cast, if that is the treatment used, can be discontinued only when there is certainty as to the healing. This can take 8 weeks or more and must be verified by new xrays but a times one needs to check healing with advancd studies such as CT scan. A partially healed scaphoid can lead to other problems, non union, pain re injury so patience is importantSee 2 more doctor answers
Iliac crest bone graft from hip for treatment for nonunion scaphoid how big is the cut? Will they take much bone graft? Hello there I have nonunion scaphoid for nearly two years now im having open reducion and internal fixation of the scaphoid fracture w
These: These are very specific questions, good questions but the best answer comes form the surgeon who is going to operate on you. Typically "small cut" (whatever that means may be different for different cases, and going home typically depends upon how you feel, genral health, length of surgery etc....Talk to your doctor pick up the phone and call the office of where your surgery is being done.
It depends: It depends how severe the fracture is and whether it is displaced or not. If the pain persists, especially when you touch the snuff box region (base of the thumb and carpal bones) repeat x ray in 7 to 10 days or MRI is recommended. Ulnar and radial stress AP x rays may also help reveal a nondisplaced scaphoid fracture.See 1 more doctor answer
Fractured left scaphoid 7 weeks... In a cast.... Increasing pain and lots of pressure in the cast the last 2 days. Can you recommend relief?
Put a screw in it: I know it sounds more aggressive, but surgical care for a scaphoid fracture with the placement of a screw will likely provide you with a more definitive and successful outcome. A cast would be necessary for a very long time without surgery. If you are getting worse, get a new x-ray and see how it has changed. Surgery may be a better option for you.
I have been in a cast for 6 weeks for fractured scaphoid I fell and am in a lot of pain my cast comes off next week will I end up in another cast?
Rare: Scaphoid fractures are extremely rare unless related to significant trauma. If you have been in a accident it is possible. These fractures are also difficult to see on standard xrays. Further studies such as MRI of ct are typically required. If you are concerned see an orthopedist for further evaluation.See 2 more doctor answers
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