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How long will it take to repair a mallet finger?
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Dr. Andrew Bronstein
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 12 weeks
Mallet finger typically responds to careful splinting alone.
Most surgeons would recommend 8 weeks of full time splinting with a special manner to put on and take off the splint with the fingertip always extended, followed by nighttime splinting by 4 weeks. After that time, most patients can discontinue their splints and start working on range of motion. Compliance is a must to optimize the result.

In brief: 12 weeks
Mallet finger typically responds to careful splinting alone.
Most surgeons would recommend 8 weeks of full time splinting with a special manner to put on and take off the splint with the fingertip always extended, followed by nighttime splinting by 4 weeks. After that time, most patients can discontinue their splints and start working on range of motion. Compliance is a must to optimize the result.
Dr. Andrew Bronstein
Dr. Andrew Bronstein
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Dr. Todd Siff
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: Recovery 3 months
Without surgery, treatment can take between 6 weeks and 3 months.
Surgery can take 15-45 minutes. Recovery can take up to 3 months.

In brief: Recovery 3 months
Without surgery, treatment can take between 6 weeks and 3 months.
Surgery can take 15-45 minutes. Recovery can take up to 3 months.
Dr. Todd Siff
Dr. Todd Siff
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Depends on injury
Recovery depends on the extent of injury which can be classified as well as the time from injury to repair.

In brief: Depends on injury
Recovery depends on the extent of injury which can be classified as well as the time from injury to repair.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Eon Shin
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: 8 weeks
I recommend full time splinting for 8 weeks before initiating exercises.
A mallet finger injury represents a rupture of the extensor tendon near the fingertip. Because the tendon is so thin at this level, surgical intervention is rarely needed.

In brief: 8 weeks
I recommend full time splinting for 8 weeks before initiating exercises.
A mallet finger injury represents a rupture of the extensor tendon near the fingertip. Because the tendon is so thin at this level, surgical intervention is rarely needed.
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin
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