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What is the metal plate for my hand and arm made of?

What is the metal plate for my hand and arm made of?

Plates hand fracture: Traditionally of out of metal alloys with titanium being a very popular component. ...Read more

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What is the worst thing that can happen to my arm with a metal plate if I got electrocuted? Should I go to the ER?

What is the worst thing that can happen to my arm with a metal plate if I got electrocuted? Should I go to the ER?

Need more info: What do you mean electrocuted? Regardless of the metal plate in your arm you could die depending on the voltage. You could also get a severe burn and if you have a pacemaker it might affect that adversely. If you are still alive and breathing when "electrocuted" get to an ER ASAP. ...Read more

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I broke my hand and had surgery to replace my bone with a metal plate. What are the long-term side effects?

I broke my hand and had surgery to replace my bone with a metal plate. What are the long-term side effects?

Replace?: Usually a metal plate is used to hold the bone while it heals. The bone will eventually be strong without limitations. The plate is not removed unless it causes problems. If the plate was used to replace the bone (unlikely) then this is temporary and you will need more surgery. ...Read more

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My consultant is at a loss to explain why my lower arm is severely swollen at 21months post surgery. It is not tender over surgery site (metal plate)?

My consultant is at a loss to explain why my lower arm is severely swollen at 21months post surgery. It is not tender over surgery site (metal plate)?

Vein injury : they need to look for a vein injury or lymphatic injury. Could happen during the accident and missed or during the surgery. With all my respect to your bone doctor,you need to see a vascular surgeon preferably one that is expert in vein and lymphatic ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal and recover completely after the metal plate is removed from 5th metacarpal bone? After I recover I want to do is: 1. Karate 2. Knuckle Push Ups 3. Hand Grip Exercises

How long does it take to heal and recover completely after the metal plate is removed from 5th metacarpal bone? 
After I recover I want to do is:
1. Karate
2. Knuckle Push Ups
3. Hand Grip Exercises

It varies.: You can start "hand grip exercises" as soon as ordinary activities are comfortable. Ideally these should be part of a general physical therapy recovery program Knuckle push ups and karate can subject your hand to extreme (and, in the case of karate, unpredictable) forces. You must get clearance from your ortho doc or physical therapist before resuming these activities ...Read more

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6 months ago since putting metal plate to join the upper arm fracture, the recent X RAY shows no progress. Wait further for healing? 53 years lady.

6 months ago since putting metal plate to join the upper arm fracture, the recent X RAY shows no  progress. Wait further for healing? 53 years lady.

Official xray report: Sounds like you have either a delayed union vs. non union of the bone. A delayed union is a fracture that still has the potential to heal though it may take up to a year or so to do so. Bracing and a bone stimulator can help. BUT if the X-ray shows signs that it is a non union then it is unlikely to heal without surgical intervention. Xray criteria for each condition are well documented ...Read more

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Broke my ring and pinky finger and time to time it hurts really bad as if i reinjured it i had to do surgery for them to repair it with a metal plate

Broke  my ring and pinky finger and time to time it hurts really bad as if i reinjured it i had to do surgery for them to repair it with a metal plate

Post surgical finger: Probably best to see your surgeon if for nothing than reassurance but also to ensure some metal parts are not acting up: moving about , et assuming they were not removed. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have positive ulnar variance after surgery. Other words to have metal plate inserted in wrist that is too short?

Is it normal to have positive ulnar variance after surgery.  Other words to have metal plate inserted in wrist that is too short?

No: Positive ulnar variant refers to the fact that the ulna extends beyond the articular surface of the radius. If you had radial fracture would indicate compaction of the fracture resulting in shortening of the radius. If it was an ulnar fracture then may be distraction at the reduction site lengthening the ulna. This can occur as as a natural growth abnormality diagnosed by previous xrays. ...Read more

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I have a metal plate in my wrist where i broke it about 8 years ago, i recently started playing rugby again and it has started to feel sore why is this?

I have a metal plate in my wrist where i broke it about 8 years ago, i recently started playing rugby again and it has started to feel sore why is this?

Many possibilities: There are many possible causes. You should see your surgeon or a wrist/hand specialist, get a new xray, and discuss treatment options. You may have an unrelated wrist condition, might just need a bit of rehab/therapy or may even benefit most from hardware removal. Good luck. ...Read more

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Even after completely recovering from Boxer's Fracture, Is it risky to do knuckle push ups, punching sandbags etc. while having metal plate placed on your 5th metacarpal bone ?

Even after completely recovering from Boxer's Fracture, Is it risky to do knuckle push ups, punching sandbags etc. while having metal plate placed on your 5th metacarpal bone ?

Not really: if you healed completely,they will be no restrictions on your boxing,or any activity associated with it. the metal plate is permanent,unless it start causing any problem,but it will not be a reason to restricted your activities. ...Read more

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It has been 3 months since I had surgery on my 5th metacarpal bone due to boxer's fracture. Is it safe for me to do knuckle push ups on hard surface while having metal plate placed on metacarpal bone?

It has been 3 months since I had surgery on my 5th metacarpal bone due to boxer's fracture. 
Is it safe for me to do knuckle push ups on hard surface while having metal plate placed on metacarpal bone?

Without knowing: the true status, location, scar status, point at which youve recovered motion, strength and all the factors that your treating surgeon or therapist would know from treating you is is hard specifically answer that question. in general yes , BUT you really need to ask them ...Read more

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My arm was hit by a heavy metal pot by an accident , it hit the lateral part of the elbow, i, ve pain when lying on back, all hand movemwent are normal?

.: Elbow injuries need to be taken seriously. If pain persists or if you see swelling checked with doctor to see if you need an x ray. Till then put some ice on it and rest the arm. ...Read more

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I slipped at work and hit my wrist (fract 3 yrs ago) dull metal. Got a small cut. Woke up horrible pain throughout arm. Is it the cut or the bone? H.

I slipped at work and hit my wrist (fract 3 yrs ago) dull metal. Got a small cut. Woke up horrible pain throughout arm. Is it the cut or the bone? H.

Difficult to say: It's difficult to say without additional diagnostic tests. Any severe pain should prompt a visit to the doctor. Through a combination of obtaining an X-ray and performing a physical examination, your doctor should be able to help determine the source of your pain. ...Read more

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What could tingling in my hand and arm mean?

What could tingling in my hand and arm mean?

Most common CTS: Carpal tunnel is common, ulnar nerve or cubital tunnel, neck discs, nerve compression are common issues. ...Read more