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I had surgery to fix broken metacarpal. Is there a test that could determine the successfulness of surgery?
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Dr. Bauback Safa
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: X-ray or Fluoroscan
A post-operative x-ray or a fluoroscan (if your hand surgeon has one in his/her office) can assess proper reduction (alignment), proper placement of surgical hardware, and evidence of bony fusion.

In brief: X-ray or Fluoroscan
A post-operative x-ray or a fluoroscan (if your hand surgeon has one in his/her office) can assess proper reduction (alignment), proper placement of surgical hardware, and evidence of bony fusion.
Dr. Bauback Safa
Dr. Bauback Safa
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Dr. Robert Gluck
Agree though of course the x-ray findings may lag the clinical picture and so need to be evaluated within the clinical context i.e. the hand may be usable/functional with a stable bone in exam even without clear evidence of healing on x-ray
Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: X-ray
Usually, a hand surgeon will obtain x-rays a few weeks after the repair to assess how well the bones are healing and to check the alignment.

In brief: X-ray
Usually, a hand surgeon will obtain x-rays a few weeks after the repair to assess how well the bones are healing and to check the alignment.
Dr. David Yan
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. Robert Gluck
X-ray findings are of course important but one also needs to evaluate function in terms of motion and strength i.e the bone may look fine on x-ray but function may be limited and require more or better therapy
Dr. Robert Gluck
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Good Exam
While of course x-rays are an important part of the evaluation, at the end of the day success is defined by function.
You can have a perfectly fine x-ray with a poor result if you don't have proper rehabilitation of the so-called soft tissues i.E if the hand is stiff and/or weak. Best of luck.

In brief: Good Exam
While of course x-rays are an important part of the evaluation, at the end of the day success is defined by function.
You can have a perfectly fine x-ray with a poor result if you don't have proper rehabilitation of the so-called soft tissues i.E if the hand is stiff and/or weak. Best of luck.
Dr. Robert Gluck
Dr. Robert Gluck
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Dr. Michael Raemisch
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: X-ray and exam
Plain and simple.

In brief: X-ray and exam
Plain and simple.
Dr. Michael Raemisch
Dr. Michael Raemisch
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