A nonhealing fracture, also called a nonunion, occurs when the pieces of a broken bone do not grow back together. In most instances, when a doctor repairs a broken bone after an injury, the bone produces new tissue immediately. But if the bone fragments are not reassembled and stabilized, or if the injury that caused the fracture has also damaged blood vessels, the bone may heal slowly or not at all.
Doctors at the Bone Healing Center at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital diagnose a nonhealing fracture using imaging tests that can reveal whether a bone is actively healing. Our doctors can also determine whether an underlying condition, such as an infection or nutrient deficiency, is preventing bone growth. Our orthopedic experts recommend treatment tailored to your needs and based on the latest clinical research to help you heal as quickly as possible.
Doctors create a treatment plan based on your symptoms, the cause of your fracture, and the results of diagnostic tests. For some people, electronic bone stimulation and adequate nutrition help a fracture to heal. Others may require surgery, so that doctors can stabilize a broken bone, revise previous surgery, or perform a bone graft.