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Broke proximal humorous in sept, 2011, no healing with conservative tx. Surgery 2/2012, wondering if chances of healing better. Am 57 year old femal?
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Dr. Michael Granberry
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Non-union
Slow union or non-union of the proximal humerus after fracture is usually the result of loss of blood supply to the humeral head.
In a younger individual, (yes, including a 57 year old) repair with plates and screws, is tried with an acceptable healing rate. However if the humeral head is sufficiently damaged by the loss of blood, collapse can occur, which requires replacement of the head.

In brief: Non-union
Slow union or non-union of the proximal humerus after fracture is usually the result of loss of blood supply to the humeral head.
In a younger individual, (yes, including a 57 year old) repair with plates and screws, is tried with an acceptable healing rate. However if the humeral head is sufficiently damaged by the loss of blood, collapse can occur, which requires replacement of the head.
Dr. Michael Granberry
Dr. Michael Granberry
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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
In brief: Ask your doctor
There are individual risk factors that affect fracture healing.
Your doctor knows you best and is the person who can answer this question most accurately. I would make sure that you have adequate vitamin d levels and are taking calcium. If you are smoking that can delay fracture healing.

In brief: Ask your doctor
There are individual risk factors that affect fracture healing.
Your doctor knows you best and is the person who can answer this question most accurately. I would make sure that you have adequate vitamin d levels and are taking calcium. If you are smoking that can delay fracture healing.
Dr. Swati Avashia
Dr. Swati Avashia
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