What happens to bone fragments left in the body?
February 4, 2011 12:46 PM Subscribe
What would become of my spinous process if it broke off? The doctor told me it would eventually dissolve inside my body but I hear about people needing surgery to remove bone fragments so I wonder if it could still be there contributing to my pain 10 years later.
posted by dino terror to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It just occurred to me the possibility that the ever-present knot in my back muscle next to where my spinous process broke off could be the bone that has been enveloped into my muscle.
So would a broken spinous process 'dissolve' or should it still be kicking around somewhere assuming it is not present where it should be as confirmed by x-rays.