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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
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
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
I am going to have screws/pins removed from my ankle. How long does it take for the bone to fill in after the surgery?
A few weeks: If in the fibula, about 6 weeks. If they are in the tibia then a couple of months. ...Read more
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
"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
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
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? .
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
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
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
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 had surgery last year on right foot had a toe infusion&a bone&screws inserted in my heal to help my arch. Is it normal2still be in pain when I walk?
Surgery: That is a lot to have done, but seeing your surgeon the right first thing you need to do. Good luck. ...Read more
Bone graft from hip to bilateral pars fractures; screw placement unsuccessful. How long does bone usually take to fuse? Curious. Also why no nsaids?
Yes: Are removal or orthopedic fixation devices (eg. Screws/plates), the bones remodel and fill in the defects left by the hardware. ...Read more
Probably too deep of: A penetration hitting your tail bone. Just a guess. Try a new position. Just a thought! ...Read more
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
Surgery: You should follow the advice of your surgeon for the best post-op results. ...Read more
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
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
Had lisfranc fusion 10 months ago. One screw is cutting into neighboring bone. Going to ask for it to be removed. How are they typically removed?
No: It would act as foreign body and irritate. ...Read more
5 years ago, I had 2 rods and 4 screws put in my back at l-5, s-1. If I am now having pain and stiffness in that area and all the way across my back, from hip bone to hip bone, what could be causing it?
See your surgeon: You really should discuss this with your surgeon since he/she was there and can give you all og the what ifs. ...Read more
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
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
Met with accident where my fumeur bone was broken now inserted nail with screws accident happened on 1st jan operated on 3rd jan need painless recvry?
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