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What do pins used in orthopedic surgery look like they are made of?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Pins: Some are stainless, some are flexible nytinol, some are titanium-based.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
depends: Pins 4 small fx r k-wires or larger r steinman pins, surgical stainless, straight ; threaded or none threaded. As larger bones r pinned as a long bone, some r flexible 4 femurs in the young to rigid in adults. Their use is decided by the experience of your surgeon. He must select the size ; strength 2 do the job, tho the smaller may fail if overstressed by the patient's activity. No images.

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