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Allergic Surgical Steel
It depends: Surgical steel, in most cases, is not associated with allergy. If you have never had problems with any metals on your skin (jewelry, watches, belt buckles, piercings), you have nothing to worry about. If you did, there is a test called patch testing that can be performed by a board-certified allergist immunologist which can help. Blood tests are of questionable value. ...Read more
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Nickel allergy: Most surgical steel allergy is to the nickel alloy. Avoid any nickel alloy plating. Yellow gold is usually safe, but avoid silver. Platinum may also be safe but check with the jeweler and ask for the purity of all metals purchased. ...Read more
If i had my tubes tied with surgical steel clamps and I am allergic to it how will i know if my health problems are due to this?
What do you advise if i had heart surgery & now having trouble healing. How do you know if you are allergic to the steel?
Unlikely: The nickel in the steel is bound so tightly even very allergic people do not react. If you are allergic to nickel, you probably know already. If you are having trouble healing, it is probably something else. See your surgeon. ...Read more
More or less...: "surgical steel" is a phrasing often given to the alloy of stainless steel that is used to make surgical instruments and implants - it can be autoclaved, is hard, corrosion-resistant, and doesn't scratch or react much. "surgical grade" is a similar description for stainless steel alloys... "surgical-grade stainless steel" is often a description given to jewelry. ...Read more
I had bavk surgery and some metal plates placed in my back at times it feels like something ja going to pop out is that normal?
Metal plates: First, please see the surgeon so he/she can check to make sure all is well. Then remember that you are adjusting to having had surgery and helpful foreign objects in your body so you may be be focused on that area at present. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Has anyone done surgery from having a broken ulna. And is it better to have titanium or steel plates?
If you are allergic to all metals used in back surgery...Including titanium...What options do you have? I have 3 slipped discs.
Surgery= Last Resort: There are lots of very effective non-surgical treatments for back problems. I'm assuming by slipped discs, you are referring to herniated discs. You may have 3 herniated discs, but very difficult for them all to be symptomatic @ same time. Seek your doctors help with this to guide the diagnosis/treatment. Nsaids (if ok'd by your pcp), pt, home exercise, when these fail, epidural injections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I would be sitting on a hard metal chair for hours on end for the past 6 years. I think i need reconstructive surgery on my anus because it feels lose?
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Various: There are many metal types used. Most are alloys and are not one metal. Some plates are stainless steel. Some are titanium. Most nails or rods are made of titanium. Joint replacements are made of many different alloys and there are too many to list here. Most common is cobalt chrome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: There were several commercially avaiable brands mostly made of stainless steel with a beginning influx of other brands and metal choices like titanium. The early brands at the early 1990's were harrington, cd-cotrel dubousset, luque and tsrh or texas scottish right hospital system. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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