I recently dislocated my shoulder and the part of the greater tuberosity broke off. The emergency room attempted several times to get my arm back into place but could'nt...Finally 13 hours after my injury they brought me to an operating room where they gave me full iv sedation and got my arm back into place without surgery, the broken bone also fell into the correct place. Now two weeks later the bone still has not healed and the bone chip has moved, not enough though to require surgery per the doctor..Could this bone chip be dead and never join back together with the humerus due to the death of the bone chip due to waiting 13 hours to get back into place?
The non-union is unlikely to be due to the 13 hour delay. Major part of bone healing takes place upto 4-6 weeks post injury. The process may continue upto 6 months. Non-union can result from several factors such as inadequate immobilization, infection, reduced blood supply, a few metabolic causes etc; while non-union of the greater tuberosity is mostly due to displacement. If required, several techniques may be used to join the bone fragment together later.
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