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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. ...Read more
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 ?
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. ...Read moreSee 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). ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read moreSee 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 OK ...Read moreSee 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! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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