How To Deal With Bones That Haven’t Fused After 1 Year Of Surgery?
Thank you Dillis for your question on the HealthReplies.com forum, delay union is a condition where there is a delay in bone fusion at least 6 months after the occurrence of a fracture. There are quite a lot of conditions that affect this situation, including:
- type of fracture, such as segmental fractures
- the location of the fracture, such as the tip of the shin, scaphoid bone, or the 5th metatarsal bone
- lack of nutrition
- lack of vitamin D
- cigarette use
- there is an infection
- old age
These conditions generally can interfere with the bone healing process, usually the doctor will do an evaluation for several months to monitor the progress of bone healing experienced, if during monitoring it is found that the healing process has stopped completely (from delayed union to non-union), then the next action other operations can be performed in the form of a bone graft or the term is called a bone graft. Apart from surgery, there is also a tool in the form of a bone growth stimulator that is attached to the skin where the broken bone is, it's just that this tool may not be widely available in hospitals in general. It should be noted that the state of delay union is a risk of fracture conditions, even though the surgery has been done as well as possible, sometimes this condition can still occur.
In your current condition, you should still be able to follow the recommendations of the relevant specialist because he is the one who understands your current condition better. In addition, eating nutritious food is very important in the process of bone growth and avoiding factors that may inhibit bone growth (such as smoking).
That's all from me, hope it can help
dr. Christian Chandra