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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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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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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 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 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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Will I have screws in my knee after my osteotomy? Are screws or pins or something similar used to hold the bones together after a knee osteotomy? .

Will I have screws in my knee after my osteotomy? Are screws or pins or something similar used to hold the bones together after a knee osteotomy?

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Yes: Depending on the type and reason for the osteotomy, screws, plates and sometimes pins are used to hold the bones in their new position till they heal. ...Read more

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I had a ACL repair 2 yrs ago. What are the chances the screw in my bone would come back out?

I had a ACL repair 2 yrs ago. What are the chances the screw in my bone would come back out?

It's possible: It is possible that your screw can work its way out, or cause discomfort in situ. If this happens, talk with your surgeon, as he/she may be able to easily remove the screw if your repair has sufficiently healed. This usually requires local anesthesia with sedation, or occassionally a general anesthesia to quickly remove the screw. ...Read more

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Tore all ligaments in my foot and dislocated the bones, had surgery and screw put all back in place, how long should I expect to heal?

Tore all ligaments in my foot and dislocated the bones, had surgery and screw put all back in place, how long should I expect to heal?

Your surgeon: Can best answer this. We don't know the extent of your injury by the info given. But, your looking at at 6-8 weeks at minimum. ...Read more

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I have screws and plates in my right ankle and i feel something on top of foot that may be a screw or bone fragment i had the surgery last october. Is it possible that it could be a screw? It hurts and aches. It only got worse yesterday when i twisted it.

I have screws and plates in my right ankle and i feel something on top of foot that may be a screw or bone fragment i had the surgery last october. Is it possible that it could be a screw? It hurts and aches. It only got worse yesterday when i twisted it.

Very possible: It's not all that uncommon to get painful hardware which if you feel something hard right under the skin it could be that and fairly simple to see on x-ray so see your surgeon. Other possibility is nerve entrapment. ...Read more

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