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Doctor insights on: Allergic Surgical Steel

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How can I know if i'm allergic to surgical steel?

How can I know if i'm allergic to 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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I am allergic to surgical steel what type of jewelry can I use?

I am allergic to surgical steel what type of jewelry can I use?

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

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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?

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?

Unlikely: Unlikely to react to clips from surgeries and you do not specify your symptoms, but if so may result in prolonged abdominal pain and recurrent abdominal infections. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had heart surgery & now having trouble healing. How do you know if you are allergic to the steel?

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

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Are surgical steel and surgical grade actually same thing?

Are surgical steel and surgical grade actually same thing?

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

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What are the metal plates for spinal surgery made of?

What are the metal plates for spinal surgery made of?

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 more

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How long after surgery can metal rods be removed from your leg?

How long after surgery can metal rods be removed from your leg?

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

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Will surgical mask protect me from getting an allergic reaction?

Will surgical mask protect me from getting an allergic reaction?

Maybe: It will definitely decrease the risk of inhaling the allergen but there is no guarantee it will entirely prevent it. And it depends on the type of mask. ...Read more

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How painful is collarbone realignment surgery, with a metal plate.?

How painful is collarbone realignment surgery, with a metal plate.?

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

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If i'm allergic to morphine what else could i take after a surgery ?

Fentanyl : Depending on the severity and expression of your allergy different medications can be offered: from IV tylenol (acetaminophen) an ipobrufen to narcotics. Discuss with your anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Has anyone done surgery from having a broken ulna. And is it better to have titanium or steel plates?

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

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What type of metal do they use for bone reconstructive surgery?

What type of metal do they use for bone reconstructive surgery?

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 more

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If I am allergic to iodine how will they clean my skin before surgery?

If I am allergic to iodine how will they clean my skin before surgery?

Allergy to iodine: There are many other preoperative antibacterial scrubs that don't contain iodine such as hibiclens, ethyl alcohol and others. ...Read more

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What kind of metal rod did doctors use for scoliosis surgery 20 years ago?

What kind of metal rod did doctors use for scoliosis surgery 20 years ago?

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 more

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What kind of metal is the rod in my humerus bone made of. Surgery was 1 month ago?

What kind of metal is the rod in my humerus bone made of. Surgery was 1 month ago?

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 more

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If I have a spine fusion surgery using metal screws and rods, will they ever need to be removed?

If I have a spine fusion surgery using metal screws and rods, will they ever need to be removed?

Usually Not: Following successful spine fusion, the instrumentation typically remains. Conditions such as a deep infection, nonhealing fusion, and on rare occasion, painful/prominent instrumentation may be treated by removal of the instrumentation. ...Read more

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Why does my kmee (after surgery) set off the theft detectors at stores if no metal was implanted?

Why does my kmee (after surgery) set off the theft detectors at stores if no metal was implanted?

Metal knee: 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

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