Rotated third metacarpal

Patient : Last week, I fractured my third metacarpal. It is slightly displaced, and slightly rotated. my orthopedic surgeon said it was probably only rotated about 1 degree. When I make a fist, my middle finger crosses slightly over my ring finger, but other than that, I can discern no difference. It is my non-dominant hand, so my doctor said surgery isn't required. He said with the small rotation and displacement, surgery isn't necessary, but that I should still consider it. He says if I leave it as is, I will lose no function in it, but the idea that it's crooked bothers me. Would you get surgery or not?
Doctor :   It seems the only indication for surgery is cosmetic. Since there is no medical indication, you should weigh the risks o f surgery versus the benefits. The only benefit to be achieved by doing surgery is that your finger will look better though I suspect that it does not look as bad as you think.  The risks include complications of anesthesia, infection and bleeding among others. However, these risks are usually very minimal. Though the risks are small, they outweigh the benefit of surgery.

Related Q&A

Q: Hi, ten years ago, my mother was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the right lung. She was not a smoker.Did not spread...

Q: I had unprotected sex 3 times in one night. I pulled out each time. Her period had ended 4 days earlier. She took ...

Q: For the past couple night when I lay down, my left leg and arm hurts. worse in groin. I am 49 and have fibromyalgi...

Q: My father failed is barium swallow test and has been told not to eat anything from this point forward. My father h...

Q: I have a white scab inside my nose on the left side of the cartilage wall

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews