Help me avoid surgery on my broken finger


Q: 25/M. I broke the top knuckle of my right index finger about 7 weeks ago playing basketball. Heard a pop and knew it was bad. The official diagnosis was bony mallet. I've had several broken fingers/etc during my sports career so I know I'm a pretty good healer.

However, I just saw my orthopedist/hand specialist yesterday and although he said the bones are forming correctly, my progress wasn't looking great. When he first saw my x-ray he asked the nurse if it was the most reason one. Not good sign #1.

He started to ask me if I've been taking a bunch of different medications that might hinder bone growth. I am not. Not good sign #2.
He said to come back in three weeks for another x-ray and a "range of motion examination under fluoro." I'm getting the feeling that he thinks surgery is the most likely outcome. Should I be nervous about this or relax knowing surgery will be ok long term?

I'm also curious why the bones aren't regrowing normally. I've had a finger cast on and haven't bent it since the cast. I eat a lot of protein, but realized I haven't been getting a lot of calcium or taking a multi-vitamin. I'm going to do better with those going forward. My biggest concern about the slow growth, however, is that I've continued to lift weights with the cast on throughout. My doc said this was fine to do and reassured me yesterday that lifting wasn't affecting anything. Is this true?

Just nervous about surgery. Any help/advice is much appreciated!

Symptoms:  Broken finger

A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: I had Smartlipo 3 months ago and have these dark lines that persist on my inner thighs. I know that hyper-pigmentatio...

Q: I got a single protruded ear so what are the most likely be helpful to retract it to same level with the other one?

Q: I had sliding genioplasty on my chin and needed revisionary surgery on it because of surgical error in placement of t...

Q: My 21 yr old daughter had jaw surgery about a year ago leaving an area about two inches square numb on the left side ...

Q: I am having lip lift and i want to know how long i should wait to have e nose job


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon