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Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after doctors for treatment of scaphoid fracture and scaphoid non-union in Palm Beach. The scaphoid bone assists in wrist movement and bending. Scaphoid fracture is considered a type of wrist fracture and usually leads to pain and swelling in the wrist after injury. Scaphoid “non-union” refers to a situation where there is no healing of the fractured bone ends after injury. Scaphoid fractures are sometimes difficult to identify on xrays and is common for them to be missed at the time of initial injury.

Scaphoid Fracture and Scaphoid Non-Union Symptoms and Diagnosis

Healthy Scaphoid and Scaphoid Fracture


It is not uncommon for an old scaphoid fracture to have been missed and for the patient to present months to years later with pain. Unfortunately, this bone has a very delicate blood supply that makes fractures very difficult to heal. Because of this limited blood supply, scaphoid fractures often need the help of surgery to enhance their chance of healing. However, there are some types of scaphoid fracture that can also heal on their own with prolonged immobilization.



Surgery usually involves placement of a screw that helps hold the fracture ends in place.

Incisions for scaphoid fractures are made in the back or the front of the wrist. It is more common to have incisions in the back of the wrist for the procedure, as the proximal pole of the scaphoid (the area closest to the forearm) is the one that frequently needs additional stability to heal. The length of the incision is highly variable with mini-open techniques being possible for simple fractures, and more extensive incisions for cases of scaphoid fractures with non-union or that have complicated patterns. Those with non-unions, comminuted fractures, or complicated patterns require an incision that is usually located in the area shown below:

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Why Choose Precision hand Center for your Scaphoid Fracture and Scaphoid Non-Union Procedure?

Dr. Rueda, a Hand Fellowship trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience will be your safe and best choice for scaphoid fracture and scaphoid non-union treatment. Successful results in these procedures require a surgeon that is experienced and knowledgeable in hand surgery and hand anatomy. Dr. Rueda has published articles in expert peer reviewed journals and his work has been presented in several national conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting and long-term relationship and have some of the best scaphoid fracture and scaphoid non-union treatment Palm Beach can offer.

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