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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

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How hard is it to get titanuim rod and screws out of femur? Is there statistic on it it breaking the bone again on removal? Had it 8 months

Fairly easy: The screws could strip but in general come out easily. The rod is then pulled out in general that too comes out easily. There is always a risk of fracturing the bone but in my experiencethe rods come out very smoothly good luck discuss with your ortho ...Read more

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How long should the screws in my tibia from an orif be protruding past my bone?

Enough to hold bone: Depending on what was used to fix your tibia, screws should engage the bone. Usually the tip of the screw may protrude a few millimeters. Because the tibia is a subcutaneous bone in certain areas (it is right under the skin), sometimes the tips of the screws can be symptomatic. After your bone is healed, you can discuss the appropriate time to remove screws if they are symptomatic. ...Read more

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Can the procedure for removing long bone screws from the fibula to the tibia be painful?

Can the procedure for removing long bone screws from the fibula to the tibia be painful?

"threaded splinter": It sounds like you may be referring to screw hardware removal from an ankle syndesmosis injury for which two screws were placed across your fibula into the tibia. Theses screws are commonly removed (akin to a "threaded splinter") as an outpatient procedure once adequate healing has occurred. Pain should be considerably less than the perioperative pain who had at the initial surgery. ...Read more

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I have a rod and screws in my humerus bone. Surgery was a month ago. I am still in excruciating pain. I am a body builder. Will i ever lift again?

Yes: Yes! athletes do well and always get frustrated with the rate of healing. (its probably a positive prognostic sign) keep working with your pt and accept that it will always hurt a bit, but you will most likely lift again. It can take a year for full recovery. ...Read more

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I recently had a plate and 11 screws removed from my right femur. They had been there for 4 years. How long till the bones in completely filled in?

I recently had a plate and 11 screws removed from my right femur. They had been there for 4 years. How long till the bones in completely filled in?

Fact is that the-: -plate & screws have shielded the bone from stress of every day life. Once removed you have 2 protect the femur using crutches 4 a couple weeks, then switch 2 a cane. The bone will remodel to accept the stress in about 6-8 weeks B careful. The screw holes may or may not fill in. That is not the important thing, the internal bone remodeling is. X rays may show the screw holes forever no worries. ...Read more

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I had a back procedure done in may of 2005. I had 2 cadaver bones put in a plate with 6 screws and 6 bolts put in. Can the metal ever be taken out?

I had a back procedure done in may of 2005. I had 2 cadaver bones put in a plate with 6 screws and 6 bolts put in. Can the metal ever be taken out?

Not easily: Implantable metal can (and is) removed for serious complications, usually infection. This is not a simple procedure, and you will need something in its place. Why do you want the metal out? You should talk to your surgeon. ...Read more