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Doctor insights on: Titanium Plates And Screws

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I recently had a spinal fushion in my neck. Had a titanium plate and screws put in. What damage from a 110, household electrical shock do?

I recently had a spinal fushion in my neck. Had a titanium plate and screws put in. What damage from a 110, household electrical shock do?

Electrical shock: The shock from an electrical outlet will not effect you any differently with the plate in than it would have without the plate. Just be careful around electricity. Make sure you have rubber shoes on and use rubber gloves. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is a cervical disc replacement and fusion with titanium plates and screws?

What is a cervical disc replacement and fusion with titanium plates and screws?

Terms confusion: Disc replacement usually refers to an artificial disc implant. The disc is removed during fusion operation and replaced with bone or an implant and this may referred to as a disc replacement. This is a misnomer. For more information, visit www. ESpine. Com ...Read more

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I had an acdf of c5-c7 with allograft, titanium plate and screws. I am 39 years old. When can I run again? I do half marathons.

I had an acdf of c5-c7 with allograft, titanium plate and screws. I am 39 years old. When can I run again? I do half marathons.

Post-op instructions: When you were discharged from the hospital you should have gotten instructions from your surgeon explaining what type of activity you can participate in and when. I bet the answer is in there. If you have questions, call the next business day and ask to talk to your surgeon or his/her nurse for clarification on activity level. ...Read more

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Is it worth while to get my titanium plate and 4 screws in my leg removed? I get pressure change pain from the weather. It has been 8 years.

Is it worth while to get my titanium plate and 4 screws in my leg removed? I get pressure change pain from the weather. It has been 8 years.

Talk to orthopedist: Depends on the break that required it, how good your bone is, age, etc. Ask the orthopedist (or another one-it has been 8 tears, the first one may not have your records anymore). ...Read more

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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?

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

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I has an ORIF procedure done on my right clavicle (collar Bone) using Titanium plates and 7 screws. Its healing now. Do I need to remove the plate?

No hardware removal: You do not have to have the plate and screws removed unless they are prominent and rubbing on the skin or are causing pain. Routine plate and screw removal is not usually done because it requires a second surgery and there are holes in the bone where the screws were removed that may make it easier for the clavicle to fracture in the future. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the titanium screws used in a spinal fusion to break?

Is it possible for the titanium screws used in a spinal fusion to break?

Yes: Screws fail from cylical loading like nending a hanger untilit breaks all metal implants can break in this way a sign of persistant micro motion non fusion usually screw breakage is low energy unnoticed event seen on follow up xrays. ...Read more

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I had neck surgery for herniated disc they put a 2 inch titanium plate to replace disc does the screws come loose and cause pain?

I had neck surgery for herniated disc they put a 2 inch titanium plate to replace disc does the screws come loose and cause pain?

It shouldn't...: But it could theoretically. An x-ray could help to tell. See your doctor, there are lots of simpler reasons for pain. ...Read more

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C1-C3 fusion with six screws and hourglass-shaped titanium plate 15 years ago. Can the hardware potentially cause Eustachian tube sensitivity problems?

C1-C3 fusion with six screws and hourglass-shaped titanium plate 15 years ago. Can the hardware potentially cause Eustachian tube sensitivity problems?

Slim possibility: Difficult to define how the body will react to metal implants if sensitization develops. Local inflammation leading to Eus. Tube problems seems feasible, but unlikely. Perhaps more likely is throat irritation from acid reflux, postnasal drip or allergic or non-allergic rhinitis. If the hardware becomes unstable, then other symptoms would predominate. ...Read more

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Will getting titanium/metal screws in my foot disqualify me from the army?

Will getting titanium/metal screws in my foot disqualify me from the army?

Medical Standards: "Retained hardware (733.99) (including plates, pins, rods, wires, or screws used for fixation) is not disqualifying if fractures are healed, ligaments are stable, there is no pain, and it is not subject to easy trauma. Current devices, including, but not limited to silastic or titanium, implanted to correct orthopedic abnormalities (V43), are disqualifying." See: ...Read more

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I'm 68 had accidental fall in july. Titanium screws used in hip and femur. What problems can I expect?

I'm 68 had accidental fall in july. Titanium screws used in hip and femur. What problems can I expect?

Titanium: If you do not have an allergy to titanium then you really should not have a problem with the hardware as long as it was placed properly and your fracture has healed in good alignment. ...Read more

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Present nuclear bone scan: more uptake than previously at L3L4, L5S1.Also the prev. Titanium screws for a fusion done for L4L5 displaced. What to do?

Present nuclear bone scan: more uptake than previously at L3L4, L5S1.Also the prev. Titanium screws for a fusion done for L4L5 displaced. What to do?

Go. Back to surgeon: You need to go back to the surgeon whom I shall assume ordered the test. You need to talk to him about your options ...Read more

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I had hard fall my titanium screws came loose later on Dr said it was from smoking yet this fall ruptured my breast, filled my hip with fluid?

I had hard fall my titanium screws came loose later on Dr said it was from smoking yet this fall ruptured my breast, filled my hip with fluid?

Hardware loosening: Is more common in smokers. Also where were the screws. If the area of the screws was not involved in the fall Ur ortho may B correct. Also if involved & were put under a lot of stress, they would most likely break, not loosen ...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

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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Is it possible to just have a spinal for removal of a titanuim rod and screws in femur? Having surgery to remove them soon and I rather be awake

Is it possible to just have a spinal for removal of a titanuim rod and screws in femur? Having surgery to remove them soon and I rather be awake

Perhaps: It's a possible option to discuss with your anesthesiologist. Not everyone is a good candidate. I had this done myself because I have so much trouble with post operative nausea. I had the spinal and then had a light sedative so I could nap. Operating rooms are noisy, chilly with a whole lot of stuff going on that I really didn't need to hear. It was a good option for me. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am having Bi-lateral TMJ prosthesis surgery 2 weeks from today. Is it okay to get a tattoo on my back shoulder? The prosthesis is two hand made titanium joints that are screwed onto my skull and jaw bone from tmjconcepts. Com. Would a tattoo be safe to g

I am having Bi-lateral TMJ prosthesis surgery 2 weeks from today. Is it okay to get a tattoo on my back shoulder? The prosthesis is two hand made titanium joints that are screwed onto my skull and jaw bone from tmjconcepts. Com. Would a tattoo be safe to g

Wait: I believe you should put this question to the doctor who is performing the surgery. There is always the risk of complications such as infection with any procedure, so your tattoo should wait until your doctor not only perform the surgery but even until he decides that your joints had healed enough. ...Read more

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I had a triple broken ankel can the plates and screws stay?

I had a triple broken ankel can the plates and screws stay?

Sometimes: The short answer is that if your ankle is working normally, they can. You should, however, follow your ortho's advice. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my humerus to still break down further after having a plate and 5 screws put in 10 yrs ago?

No: The bone or the hardware can break but only if you have another significant fall. The bone usually breaks below or above the hardware. ...Read more

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Hello, is it possible to have cervicle fusion without the use of metal plates and screws. I heard they are only there to secure the fusion.?

Hello, is it possible to have cervicle fusion without the use of metal plates and screws. I heard they are only there to secure the fusion.?

RARELY: One level cervical can be performed successfully, they are rarely performed. Anterior extrusion of the bone graft may occur interfering with swallowing. The use of hardware is designed to provide a stable environment to assist in maturation of the fusion, this is especially important in patient who smoke. ...Read more

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Best advice regarding hardware removal after 3rd met ORIF? Have a plate and 4 screws and wonder if the pain I still feel (6 mths after) is from that.

Best advice regarding hardware removal after 3rd met ORIF? Have a plate and 4 screws and wonder if the pain I still feel (6 mths after) is from that.

Get X-rays first: Get x-rays first to confirm healing. If the fracture has healed it won't be causing the pain. After 6 months and a healed bone, you can get the plate and screws removed. However, removing the hardware only has around a 60% chance of relieving the pain. Also, with the screws removed there are holes in the bone from the screws so you have to be cautious not to refracture for a few months. ...Read more

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Are plastic bottles safe?

Are plastic bottles safe?

Bisphenyl A...: ...Is present in some plastics, and acts like an estrogen in the human body. Glass, in general, is better, or you can look up if your bottle is made with bpa or not. ...Read more

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Pro and cons of plastic lenses?

Pro and cons of plastic lenses?

Lighter, etc.: Plastic lenses are a comfort especially in high power needs for eyeglasses as they are lighter in weight for a given power. They are, however, less durable and can scratch in normal use. These factors can be eweighted in the udee ...Read more

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What in plastic makes it so unhealthy?

What in plastic makes it so unhealthy?

BPA and phthalates: Plastics have been found to contain bpa and phthalates. In low doses it is thought to cause hormonal effects and impact the growth and development of babies. ...Read more

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How do I remove the scratches on my plastic lenses?

How do I remove the scratches on my plastic lenses?

You don't: That's not a medical question -- but my optometrist friends all tell me that once a plastic lens is scratched, it stays scratched. The "magic" liquid scratch erasers advertised on late-night tv are, according to them, ineffective. ...Read more

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Which is the best material: plastic, acrylic or metal?

Which is the best material: plastic, acrylic or metal?

For what?: As an implant, for food storage, for cooking, as a structural element, asthetically......?
Need more information. ...Read more

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I know that plastic fumes are bad, but how much exposure is actually bad?

I know that plastic fumes are bad, but how much exposure is actually bad?

Any: All burning plastic fumes are toxic. Our bodies can clear the damaging chemicals but any amount puts a stress on the detox capabilities, and some of the chemicals can cause permanent damage. There isn't any treatment to help with the detoxification after you've recovered from exposure but if you have any breathing problems you should get a pulmonary evaluation. ...Read more

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Will having a plastic bed cover only encourage my child to wet the bed more?

Will having a plastic bed cover only encourage my child to wet the bed more?

No: No normal child likes to wet their bed. Very few children wet their bed because of "laziness". Also very few children "couldn't care less", although they might give this impression. It is part of a natural defense mechanism, just as denying that bedwetting is a problem. A plastic cover will protect the matress and removal of the bed cover can be an additional goal for the child to acheive control. ...Read more