A 44-year-old member asked:
once you have a metal placed on a fractured bone, is it possible to get it removed?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Thomas Deberardino answered
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes, if problematic: Hardware is not routinely removed unless it becomes problematic from either a symptom causing standpoint (patient complaint of pain or discomfort) or from a surgeon standpoint (hardware in way of future surgery, at or near a joint and thus confounding advanced imaging [mri], or at risk for breakage).
Answered on Nov 8, 2012
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