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what are the metal plates for spinal surgery made of?

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Dr. Richard Guyer
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 46 years experience
Various metals: Modern spinal plates such as those used in the cervical spine are usually made out of titanium which still allow the patient. In fact most spinal plants are made of titanium though in scoliosis some surgeons still prefer stainless rods. Some are even made of cobalt chrome.
Dr. Taro Kaibara
Neurosurgery 25 years experience
Titanium alloy: Most of the spinal instrumentation these days, consisting mainly of rods and screws, are made of titanium alloys. However depending upon the application or surgeon preference cobalt-chrome alloys are also available.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
A few options: Stainless steel is used, but less frequently these days. Titanium alloy made of titanium, vanadium and aluminum, is most common, with good imaging characteristics in MRI and ct as compared to stainless steel. The newest alloy used in spinal implants is cobalt chrome, which allows the use of thinner rods, but has imaging characteristics closer to titanium than to stainless steel.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Most spinal instrumentation used today is titanium, which allows the spine to be images using MRI postoperatively. Some implants are made of a combination of other materials known as alloys, the most common of which is cobalt chrome. Thank you for your question.

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What kind of benefits does surgery abroad have for insurance company?

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I have a mild case of atelectasis and I have to go into surgery in 1 week , is it safe?

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Talk with 3 doctors: Talking with one's primary care doctor, his surgeon, and anesthesiologist can help decide if the surgery should go ahead or be postponed. If the patient has chronic lung disease, his lung doctor can add an opinion and help improve the lungs before surgery. To operate or not, also depends on the urgency of the surgery. One wants to avoid post-operative atelectasis, which can lead to bad problems.

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