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What are the pros and cons of having screws and metal plates surgically planted on your bones?

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Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Rigid fixation: Not all fractures need fixation with plates and screws. Generally, plates and screws are necessary if a fracture is badly displaced (out of position) and if not fixed with a plate and screws, the fracture still may heal but it may heal in a position that affects the function of the limb or joint. Also, they are often needed to fix fractures involving joint surfaces.
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Last updated Jan 21, 2014

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