What's a nonunion?
When a break in the bone does not heal in a timely fashion it is called a “nonunion”. Nonunion may require additional surgery in order to complete the healing process. Some nonunions are severe and limb threatening, requiring a thoughtful series of surgeries to resolve the problems.
Nonunion management should be directed by a surgeon with specialized training comfortable with all available tools for bone stabilization including circular external fixation, internal plates and screws, antibiotic pastes and cement, and lengthening nails, and with performing multiple bone grafting options.
Dr. Fragomen has vast experience with nonunion care and is a member of an international committee dedicated to septic nonunion study and treatment. Below are two examples of such cases.