My father(age 51) met with an accident and he had suffered a fracture in his neck of left humerus and he underwent for surgery 5 weeks ago. Now the surgeon is suggesting to go for Bone Grafting. Is bone grafting must? how long can we wait for bone healing ? Are there any alternative for bone grafting?
Since it has just been 5 weeks since the surgery, bone graft would not be suggested at this time and we can wait for a few more weeks (8-12) to check if healing takes place on its own. Also a detailed evaluation should be carried out to look for secondary causes that could hamper healing such as inappropriate alignment, infections, foreign bodies, smoking etc. Bone stimulators may be a good option at this time. If there are no signs of healing after a minimum of 8-12 weeks, despite adequate treatment, bone grafting may be considered.
Hope this is helpful.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.