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Doctor insights on: Titanium Used In Surgery

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Type of titanium-used in neck surgery?

Type of titanium-used in neck surgery?

Varies: Titanium is used in many spinal implants used in neck surgery. It is quite inert and unusual to have a reaction to and is also very MRI compatable. In the neck titanium is used to produce many of the plates, screws, and even cages used to fix the cervical spine. Titanium can be used in a relatively pure form or can be used in conjunction with other materials as well, thank you for the question. Read more

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Why do doctors use titanium in surgery instead of other metals?

Why do doctors use titanium in surgery instead of other metals?

Biocompatible: Titanium is durable, strong and biocompatible. Also, for dental implants, the jaw bone can grow into the titanium matrix that surrounds the implants. Read more

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If you are allergic to all metals used in back surgery...Including titanium...What options do you have? I have 3 slipped discs.

If you are allergic to all metals used in back surgery...Including titanium...What options do you have? I have 3 slipped discs.

Surgery= Last Resort: There are lots of very effective non-surgical treatments for back problems. I'm assuming by slipped discs, you are referring to herniated discs. You may have 3 herniated discs, but very difficult for them all to be symptomatic @ same time. Seek your doctors help with this to guide the diagnosis/treatment. Nsaids (if ok'd by your pcp), pt, home exercise, when these fail, epidural injections. Read more

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Has anyone done surgery from having a broken ulna. And is it better to have titanium or steel plates?

Has anyone done surgery from having a broken ulna. And is it better to have titanium or steel plates?

Broken ulna: Both metals will work. Most of us prefer stainless steel in the us but others, such as some in europe, prefer titanium. The mechanical properties of titanium may be closer to bone so so e argue that this may promote healing but for an ulna fracture either one will work. Read more

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Why would doctors use titanium in bone surgery?

Why would doctors use titanium in bone surgery?

Surgeon preference: This may be an implant style preference of this may be a selection made on the basis of a known allergy that the patient has to other surgical implant options. Read more

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Having complications after surgery, but MRI can't see through titanium plates. Is it safe to have them removed?

Having complications after surgery, but MRI can't see through titanium plates. Is it safe to have them removed?

All surgery: Has risks. You would need to speak with a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon to see if your complications warrant the risk of hardware removal. Read more

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Why nobody invented a better surgery to straighten up the spine for those who suffer with kyphosis after the age of 20? Nobody wants titaniums in!

Why nobody invented a better surgery to straighten up the spine for those who suffer with kyphosis after the age of 20? Nobody wants titaniums in!

Good point: Hopefully someday they will. Maybe one day you will contribute to that development. All that being said, surgery for kyphosis has come a long way with many patients who undergo surgery getting remarkable correction and improvement in their quality of life. Thank you. Read more

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Are the titanium instruments going to remain on my spine the rest of my life if I do a kyphosis surgery?!

Are the titanium instruments going to remain on my spine the rest of my life if I do a kyphosis surgery?!

Most likely: Usually do remain in spine when for correction of curvature of spine. They help to maintain the correction. Complications such as infection, broken rods and screws may require removal of part or whole device. Most spinal fusions usually are intended to last forever. Read more

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I want to ask can I had surgery to relieve a congenital bump at the top of the skull left side, and is it possible to replace the bone with titanium?

I want to ask can I had surgery to relieve a congenital bump at the top of the skull left side, and is it possible to replace the bone with titanium?

Time for consult: There are cranial surgeons that have experience reshaping a skull. You need to investigate a cranio-facial center in your region & check out their programs. Exams, specialized ct scans and a thorough discussions of the risks & benefits of any procedure would be part of the process. It may or may not be what you want, but could be. 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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Broke my fibula and tore ligaments in my ankle. Had surgery (with a titanium plate and connector between my fib and tib). What's recovery time like?

Broke my fibula and tore ligaments in my ankle. Had surgery (with a titanium plate and connector between my fib and tib). What's recovery time like?

3 months: It can depend on how bad the fracture is and how much soft tissue damage was done. On average it takes 6 weeks for the bone to heel with another 6-8 weeks of rehab. Read more

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I had elbow surgery and had a plate put in a titanium plate put in my elbow to secure my radial head and since then I have been very sick I've haven't felt good I been sick too is this what kind of allergy reactions to titanium allergy

I had elbow surgery and had a plate put in a titanium plate put in my elbow to secure my radial head and since then I have been very sick I've haven't felt good I been sick too is this what kind of allergy reactions to titanium allergy

Probably unrelated: In marked contrast to nickel. There are no clear reports on allergic reactions to titanium. The few reports that claim to describe allergy to the metal raise serious questions. In short, your symptoms are unlikely to be due to titanium. Read more

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How many people are allergic to titanium in the surgical clips? #nqlu I had a lap. Gallbladder surgery removal I have been having a lot of problems. I have always been allergic to jewlery, I have had constant infections, skin rashes, etc.

How many people are allergic to titanium in the surgical clips? #nqlu I had a lap. Gallbladder surgery removal I have been having a lot of problems. I have always been allergic to jewlery, I have had constant infections, skin rashes, etc.

This: This is a very rare allergy and your question is impossible to answer. There is no reporting system in place to document suspected or real cases of titanium allergy, therefore there is no way to know how many people are allergic to titanium. If you feel you are allergic to titanium there is a test called the melisa test. Your doctor should be able to find out where you can obtain such testing. Good luck. Read more

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If I can come up with the money to order the melissa allergy test for titanium where can I get the test ran on me? #nqlu I am really sure I am allergic to surgical clips I have on the inside of me from a lap. Gallbladder surgery.

If I can come up with the money to order the melissa allergy test for titanium where can I get the test ran on me? #nqlu I am really sure I am allergic to surgical clips I have on the inside of me from a lap. Gallbladder surgery.

There: There is a wealth of information about the melisa allergy test on the melisa foundation's website. There is a link that provides information on testing centers. I have included the link. I wish you the very best. Read more

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I am experiencing facial swelling and eye swelling 11 months post op upper jaw reinforcement surgery titanium plates.

I am experiencing facial swelling and eye swelling 11 months post op upper jaw reinforcement surgery titanium plates.

Eye and fAce swellin: It is hard to tell what is going on with your limited description of what you had done. Was your maxilla or orbit broken and fixed? Please provide a little more information so I could answer the question with more certainty. It is not very normal to have a lot of swelling around plates that were placed for facial fractures. 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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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