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Old 10-23-2008, 03:10 AM   #1
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Fractured Cheekbone Healing Without Surgery

I recently had my cheekbone fractured (2 weeks ago) and had an appointment to go to hospital to get a metal plate fixed in to heal it correctly. Basically Ive postponed the surgery and dont know if I can force myself to go and get it done becuase currently I feel no pain, no swelling, no clicks or cracks when moving my jaw, etc, the only thing i feel is slight discomfort when sneezing, but its very slight. The bone that sticks out on the cheek is slightly further in than the good bone on the other side.

Basically what Im asking is how will my cheekbone heal? I need to be convinced that I really do need surgery, othewrwise I have no motivation to get this done. The specialist said the bone thats fracutred helps protect the eye, but Im hoping nothing like this will happen again, and if it does I will deal with it. He also said people use to just let it heal on its own and surgery was never done, that just convinces me not to bother.

Honest advice appreciated. Cheers.

 
Old 10-23-2008, 06:26 AM   #2
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Re: Fractured Cheekbone Healing Without Surgery

If you don't mind me asking, what symptoms prompted you to get it seen by a doctor in the first place?

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Old 10-23-2008, 06:59 AM   #3
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Re: Fractured Cheekbone Healing Without Surgery

No probs. I had to go to hospital after being attacked as I had a cut to my eye which required stitches, thats when they x-rayed it.

 
Old 10-23-2008, 07:27 AM   #4
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No probs. I had to go to hospital after being attacked as I had a cut to my eye which required stitches, thats when they x-rayed it.

Oh wow, sorry to hear that. What were your specific cheek symptoms though? Anyway, as far as your question, the information I received was that in most cases cheekbone fractures don't require surgery unless there is a palpable displacement of the bone. I think you said one cheek was more "in" than the other, so maybe it would be prudent in your case. The main reason why I didn't think I had a fracture is because there is no palpable sinking, flattening of the cheekbone and most of the symptoms seem to have lessened after 4 days.

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Old 10-23-2008, 11:00 AM   #5
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Re: Fractured Cheekbone Healing Without Surgery

Unfortunately as you said I have a palpable displacement of the bone and the cheekbone is dented in, I was hoping to avoid surgery and get some info on wat wud happen if i let it heal on its own.

 
Old 10-23-2008, 11:15 AM   #6
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I am no doctor, but I would think its possible it may grow properly. It appears that a lot of the surgery involving the cheek is "preventative". Maybe you could give it a little more time and see if when it starts to heal more it looks ok? I don't think the cheek always heals improperly when there is obvious "sinking". The body has a great way of healing itself. Again I am not a doctor, but I would think it may not be absolutely necessary if you feel it would be ok to take the chance with it looking the way it looks now.

 
Old 10-23-2008, 11:44 AM   #7
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Yer, at the moment the cheek isnt hugely different to the other cheek, you would only notice the difference if you knew about it and was looking closely at it, I look as normal as I did before the incident. But yes as u said it might be worth me waiting a little while, if the worse came to the worse and it healed badly the surgeons wud have to re-fracture then repair it I guess.

 
Old 10-23-2008, 12:27 PM   #8
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So the bad cheek looks more "sunk/dented in"/flatter than the other one if you look at it closely? Is the dent sinking into the cheek in one place? If so, did it gradually appear to look more "full again"/"raised" after time? If so, it sounds to me that it is probably healing correctly. Let me know.

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Old 10-25-2008, 07:36 AM   #9
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Yes its more flatter than the other cheek and yes its only in 1 place. Bit early to say about it being more raised yet, but will let you know. thanks.

 
Old 05-21-2009, 05:08 AM   #10
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Re: Fractured Cheekbone Healing Without Surgery

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I recently had my cheekbone fractured (2 weeks ago) and had an appointment to go to hospital to get a metal plate fixed in to heal it correctly. Basically Ive postponed the surgery and dont know if I can force myself to go and get it done becuase currently I feel no pain, no swelling, no clicks or cracks when moving my jaw, etc, the only thing i feel is slight discomfort when sneezing, but its very slight. The bone that sticks out on the cheek is slightly further in than the good bone on the other side.

Basically what Im asking is how will my cheekbone heal? I need to be convinced that I really do need surgery, othewrwise I have no motivation to get this done. The specialist said the bone thats fracutred helps protect the eye, but Im hoping nothing like this will happen again, and if it does I will deal with it. He also said people use to just let it heal on its own and surgery was never done, that just convinces me not to bother.

Honest advice appreciated. Cheers.

 
Old 05-21-2009, 05:20 AM   #11
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i had a fractured cheekbone when was 21 from a being hit by a vehicle. I was advised have surgery to have a 'metal plate' fitted using keyhole procedure and followed this advice. If you have the surgery, make sure you understand exactly how this will be fitted in relation to your skull, as you will have to have this for rest of your life, it may be difficult to find out afterwards this information. Also make sure that your Medical Records are properly updated with details of the injury, treatment and surgery thoroughly, I have had problems since with finding out exactly how my plate is fitted since, plus i find sometimes the plate can be "uncomfortable in changes weather temperature".....at the time i gave proper faith to the whole process.. the surgeons performed a good job of the procedure but there has been problems with the paperwork side of things since..better safe than sorry. dont feel obliged to be polite and not make sure because this is something you will live with for rest of your life and understanding consultants should repect that....hope this helps somebody...i could have done with this advice myself unfortunately...

 
Old 08-15-2009, 04:08 PM   #12
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Re: Fractured Cheekbone Healing Without Surgery

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I recently had my cheekbone fractured (2 weeks ago) and had an appointment to go to hospital to get a metal plate fixed in to heal it correctly. Basically Ive postponed the surgery and dont know if I can force myself to go and get it done becuase currently I feel no pain, no swelling, no clicks or cracks when moving my jaw, etc, the only thing i feel is slight discomfort when sneezing, but its very slight. The bone that sticks out on the cheek is slightly further in than the good bone on the other side.

Basically what Im asking is how will my cheekbone heal? I need to be convinced that I really do need surgery, othewrwise I have no motivation to get this done. The specialist said the bone thats fracutred helps protect the eye, but Im hoping nothing like this will happen again, and if it does I will deal with it. He also said people use to just let it heal on its own and surgery was never done, that just convinces me not to bother.

Honest advice appreciated. Cheers.

did you get the surgery in the end? i fractured a cheek bone but they said i did not need to do anything after doing a ct scan. its been looking ok but still hurts and gives a wierd feeling in the area 6 weeks later. how long did it take you to heal?

 
Old 11-18-2010, 03:39 PM   #13
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Re: Fractured Cheekbone Healing Without Surgery

i broke my cheekbone due to blunt trauma.
the plastic surgeon said only reason for surgery was cosmetic, because id have a "flat face". So i Did NOT get the surgery.

I guess i regret it now (as a male in mid 20s) because there is a bit of a "dent" in in side of my face, perhaps a bit flatter faced at that side.
people say they only notice the little difference in the symetry of my face only when i tell then, i notice it abit myself.
the doc said it was broken/pushed in by close to 1cm but that sounds alot, its not that noticable in my opinion.

also i have chronic sinusitis now, pehaps i had it previous to the fractures but now it has worsened and i am very upset that this may worsen when i get older and be an ongoing condition.

I would recommend the surgery incase one regrets it down the line as i do.
i saw then do it on TV (on an A&E documentary) it seems quite simple, done through the inside of your mouth and through a small cut in the eyelid i think, and the side top jawbone bit done easily enough too by what i saw.
they dont put a plate on the bone under the eye, as not to put scaring on your face i guess.

healing time with no surgery.... maybe 10 weeks for me.
my mouth/jaw wasnt opening fully for like 8 weeks or more; im not sure does it open as full as before but close enough. i can feel my jaw bone slide or rub bones when i open wide still.
my nerve damage tooks months to heal, couldnt feel my teeth for 10 weeks or more even.
i had bad eye bruising too, that had me to the eye doc a few times.
i can feel a fair lump/raise alone that bone under the eye that had a big crack.

get surgery IMO.
but having said that it is mostly cosmetic in most cases id say. if the plastic surgeon says it hasnt pushed the bones down much then your face may not show much of a flattened cheek at all. but the other side of it i feel is that it may lead to sinus problems, through my guy said the surgery wouldnt change that.
id like to know if anyone else has had sinus issues due to these breaks?

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Old 11-25-2010, 08:51 AM   #14
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hi Hampshire Chap, sorry if this reply is a bit late, im not sure what advice to give, but ultimately it is your choice.. my keyhole surgery went superbly well and it was done in an utmost manner, for me I had no problems trusting the surgeons. Basically when they mentioned surgery to me afet rmy accident, the way I went about my decision was asking them , "if you were in my shoes, would you have the surgery", they replied"yes" , but I cant help to think they may have had bias considering that my operation was a first for them , this was going back over ten years ago. I can imagine now the the procedure is common place. The main thing i would warn you about thou, is in cold weather or changes in temperature you can feel discomfort, and also i would make sure that the paperwork and records for your surgery are properly done and your GP properly log the records that they are given. Ive had problems with that myself. Any administrative issues are easier resolved nearer the time. I assume by now you've had the operation or made your decision and I hope it has gone well for you!

 
Old 08-24-2011, 01:26 AM   #15
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Hi,
can you update us as to how your fractured cheek looks now please? I have a similar dilema to the one that you went though in 2008! Thanks a lot.

 
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