20yr old Scaphoid Non Union Fracture
So here is my deal. When I was in the Army 20 years ago, I broke my wrist while on leave riding in the back of a pickup truck. My friend was driving like a jack @ss and hitting dips at a high speed and I came down hard on my scaphoid. It was excruciating and swelled.
But being a hard headed infantryman off to war I didn't tell anyone until I was deployed and the war ended. When I finally told them, they said oh it's just sprained and gave me an ace bandage and some Motrin (their cure all).
So from then on I did push-ups on my knuckles to avoid flexing the wrist (way too painful). I lived with it for another year and after falling on it again, finally convinced them to x-ray it. They showed me the scaphoid was clean in half with just a few fibers trying to reattach it. They said a bone graft from my hip and surgery were needed. I was getting out soon, and said no way am I letting an Army doc do that kind of surgery on me. (No offense to you Army docs)
Anyway I have stayed active in sports and just taped it and worked around it for 20 years now. I am finally realizing that I may want to think about getting it done before I get much older. I am concerned about Arthritis.
My questions are, what chances do I have for healing after 20 years? and what about being 40yrs old? How much is this going to cost? I do have insurance but I wonder how much out of pocket? What do you think the success rate will be?
I am going to look around and get some opinions, but I thought I would ask here as well.
Thanks for your help!