A member asked:

My son had a hand surgery and the pins should've been removed by december 7th. he has been unable to get themremoved and now he has some drainage. what do i do?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint answered

Specializes in Hand Surgery

Infection is likely : And it could be severe !. Call the surgeon 2, if you can't get in touch with a surgeon seek medical attention. An infection in a pin in a finger needs antibiotics and may need surgical debridment, the pins have been in too long and your son can get osteomyelitis, a severe bone infection, that takes a long time to get rid of. Do not wait or fool around with this, get seen. Call the surgeon.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Ramsey Ellis answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Hand surgeon stat: It is imperative that he be seen by a hand surgeon asap. Pins can become infected and lead to bone infection, also known as osteomyelitis. Osteomyelitis is a serious problem and requires aggressive medical treatment with antibiotics.

Answered 8/5/2013

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Need removal: Generally speaking, drainage around a pin in the hand is not good and the pins should be removed as soon a possible

Answered 9/28/2016

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