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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?
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
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
When fx heals: Hard ware stays till the fracture completely heals, shows good callous tissue forms, may take 8 to 10 wks some timeseven more. ...Read more
Clavicle pain: Once the bone heals, it isn't usually painful. The prominence of the plate can be tender for a while. There may be some numbness along the scar. ...Read more
Has anyone done surgery from having a broken ulna. And is it better to have titanium or steel plates?
Broken ulna: Both metals will work. Most of us prefer stainless steel in the us but others, such as some in europe, prefer titanium. The mechanical properties of titanium may be closer to bone so so e argue that this may promote healing but for an ulna fracture either one will work. ...Read more
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?
The same way you : Would if they didn't have any.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Titanium: Most recent metal implants are made of titanium because of use of magnetic resonance imaging ferrous or iron compounds heat up in magnet and can be drawn into magnet. Patients are interogated about pacemakers, internal metal objects, surgical implant and procedures involving metal insertion prior to scanning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does my kmee (after surgery) set off the theft detectors at stores if no metal was implanted?
Must be metal in there someplace or the device is defective. Or you are stealing something. Or someone put a stolen item in your bag.
Ask the store keeper. ...Read more