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What is the treatment for scaphoid fracture?

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Dr. Walker Wynkoop
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Dr. Todd Guyette
Surgery - Hand Surgery

In brief: It depends

It depends on the fracture location, displacement, and your health.
Treatment ranges from immobilization in a cast to surgery with placement of a screw into the scaphoid.

In brief: It depends

It depends on the fracture location, displacement, and your health.
Treatment ranges from immobilization in a cast to surgery with placement of a screw into the scaphoid.
Dr. Todd Guyette
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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Non-op & surgery

If the scaphoid fracture is only minimally displaced, it has a good chance to heal in a cast.
The cast needs to go out over the thumb. Sometimes it needs to go up over the elbow too. If your doctor thinks that it won't heal in a cast, a screw can be put across it in the hope of making it heal better and/or faster.

In brief: Non-op & surgery

If the scaphoid fracture is only minimally displaced, it has a good chance to heal in a cast.
The cast needs to go out over the thumb. Sometimes it needs to go up over the elbow too. If your doctor thinks that it won't heal in a cast, a screw can be put across it in the hope of making it heal better and/or faster.
Dr. Robert Purchase
Dr. Robert Purchase
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