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I Have Metal Screws In My Back From A Spine Fusion Will I Be Able To Go Through A Metal Detector At The Airport
I have metal screws in my back from a spine fusion. Will I be able to go through a metal detector at the airport?
Surgery to cause two or more spine segments to be joined together through a growth of bone initiated by the placement of bone tissue or graft taken from the patient or from a donor source or even a manufactured source which could include: bone growth proteins and particulate structures that act as scaffolds for bone to grow on and may include implants or instrumentation ...Read more
I just had screws placed in my ankles after surgery. Will it set off the metal detector at the airport?
Unlikely...: That you will set off the metal detectors. My group did the largest study on this and found that no implants set off the gate type detectors, but depending on the size of the hardware they could be detected in some cases by wand-type detectors. The reference is: bluman et al(2006): detectability of commonly used foot and ankle implants by security screening devices. Foot ankle int 26:1096-1102. ...Read more
Plates and screws used in cervical spine fusion. Are they designed to last more than 50 years? Im so worried im only 30 years. What kinda problems ?
I have a pacemaker and accidently walked through the metal detector at the airport. Could my pacemaker unit be damaged?
If someone has a total hip replacement or other hip surgery that uses some metal, how does this work when going through metal detector @ airport?
Need addit screening: Joint repair hardware will likely set off the alarm. TSA doesn't care about the card that says you have hardware. You should let them know going in that you have a joint replacement and they will figure out how to screen you, depending on airport. http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipkneereplacement/f/metaldetectors.htm http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/metal-implants ...Read more
Will I be able to deliver vaginally if I have a spinal fusion in my lower back I have 4 rods, 4 screws and a cage in my lower back or will a csection?
I had a spinal fusion a few years ago. Do I ever need to go back and have the screws checked? Or do they stay in place forever?
First, it is : Unlikely that even if a screw was not properly placed would you feel any movement of it. If the screw was placed about nerve tissue then you could experience pain and/or neurologic symptoms related to that nerve tissue. If the fusion did not heal then you may also experience a sensation of pain with motion of the back. ...Read more
I had a spinal fusion l5-s1. I now have dull aching pain in my back that i think is from the screw heads. What are my options?
Hello what is good for fibromyagia, chronic pain neck,mid back,low back I had surgery 7yrs ago spinal fusion 10 screws & rods Please advise meds ?
I'm going to have a spine fusion surgery using a metal plate in my back. What are the chances that my body will reject the metal plate?
How come vp shunts don't set off the metal detectors at airports? Will titanium plates/screws set them off? Does it depend on the size of the metal?
Not iron: Vp shunts, although visible on x-ray, are not metallic and will not set off a magnetometer at the airport. Similarly, titanium is not ferromagnetic and does not set off these metal detectors as strongly as iron does. Some titanium implants are iron alloys and react more strongly in the detectors. And yes, the size of any implant makes a big difference in how much it sets off the detector. ...Read more
SafeForBreastImplant: If you mean a metal-detecting wand,no.If you mean the "x-ray"machine that looks at your bags,etc on a conveyor belt,probably,if ti's thick enough.If you mean the machine you walk through that rings if you left your belt on,no.But: bear in mind that stuff can be added to silicone that makes it easier to find on x-ray and could set off an alarm if enough of a metal(say,metal powder) were added to it ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: I would not think that 3 small screws in a metacarpal bone would set off metal detectors but they could with the advances in scanning technology at airports. If you have any documentation relating to the surgery you received that could be helpful. If not I am sure they would just use a wand scanner to focus on areas of concern and only your hand should trigger a positive response. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You need to be hand screened -- and remember to tell them when you arrive. It will set them off -- and that will just delay you. You will be hand-screened or searched. The microwave technology does not do a good job determining what the metal plate or orthopedic device is, although it is getting better. ...Read more
Does anyone know if a metal plate with 6 screws in ankle will set off the detectors in the airport?
A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more
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