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A 50-year-old member asked:

Is it advisable to remove a screw after the bone has fully healed?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shivajee Nallamothu
28 years experience
Only if painful: If the screw is irritating, then it can be removed, otherwise, avoid the surgery.
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
If loose or: Oyherwise bothering you it is fine to remove a screw.
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Dr. Richard Jay
Podiatry 44 years experience
Only if problematic: The screw is not needed after the bone heals. It should only be removed if it is creating discomfort by backing out and is palpable on the skin. If it is in contact inside of a joint and you are experiencing pain with motion.
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Last updated Apr 1, 2019

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