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Doctor insights on: Can Having A Screw In Your Bone Make It Weaker

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Can having a screw in your bone make it weaker?

Can having a screw in your bone make it weaker?

No: Orthopedic screws are designed with this in mind, and generally do not weaken the bone. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Could a bone shift with a plate screwed into it?

Could a bone shift with a plate screwed into it?

Yes: The screws could come loose or the bone may eventually not heal, resulting in breakage of the plate or screws. ...Read more

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Can screws cause stress risers in bone?

Can screws cause stress risers in bone?

Unlikely: Haven't seen a single screw create a problem of a stress riser. More common is the stress riser created from removal of a screw and the remaining defect in the bone before it fills in with new bone. ...Read more

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Will bones heal after removing the screws and plates?

Will bones heal after removing the screws and plates?

Yes: Are removal or orthopedic fixation devices (eg. Screws/plates), the bones remodel and fill in the defects left by the hardware. ...Read more

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How long are the pins and screws used to repair bones last?

How long are the pins and screws used to repair bones last?

"Forever": The hardware used to repair bone is usually stainless steel or a titanium alloy. It can last for one’s lifetime. There is one caveat, if a fracture does not heal then the screws, plates, rods, etc., used in fracture fixation can fail, that is, break. Also if the fracture does not heal screws or wires can start to back out and cause some problems that could make it necessary to remove them. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long do bone screws typically last?

How long do bone screws typically last?

Forever: Bone screws are either stainless steel or titanium. They do not dissolve or decompose. They can become loose or move however. If you are experiencing discomfort, you need to consult the surgeon who placed them or another orthpaedist. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more