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What type of metal do they use for bone reconstructive surgery?

What type of metal do they use for bone reconstructive surgery?

Various: There are many metal types used. Most are alloys and are not one metal. Some plates are stainless steel. Some are titanium. Most nails or rods are made of titanium. Joint replacements are made of many different alloys and there are too many to list here. Most common is cobalt chrome. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

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


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Have a problem shoulder, two surgeries and still in pain. Haven't slept a full night in over a year...Whats my next step? I tore my labrum almost 3/4 of the way off my shoulder bone and had reconstructive surgery with 8 anchors. One year later I'm still I

Have a problem shoulder, two surgeries and still in pain. Haven't slept a full night in over a year...Whats my next step? I tore my labrum almost 3/4 of the way off my shoulder bone and had reconstructive surgery with 8 anchors. One year later I'm still I

It's: It's disappointing when there isn't a fix. Even with all the advances in our field, we orthopaedic surgeons have to manage this on a daily basis.

For anyone with ongoing musculoskeletal pain (e.g. Arthritis, an old injury, etc.) the most important pitfall to avoid is the sense that you will only be able to depend on your body when it not longer hurts. The truth is that people have very rewarding lives in spite of pain. Research shows how this is done. It basically amounts to turning off (or filtering) the "pain alarm" (the sense of ongoing damage with pain or inability to trust a body part that hurts)--separating true and false alarms. The rest is development of what psychologists call "self-efficacy", which is a sense of control and an optimism that things will work out. We tend to admire our grandparents and the so-called "greatest generation" for these qualities--they have self-efficacy off the scale and you can see the benefit. You can cultivate this with a technique called cognitive behavioral therapy. You could start with a workbook called "managing pain before it manages you" (which fits the smoke alarm analogy--you need to use pain as a tool and not be mastered by it).

I recommend you get a few shoulder specialists to look over your shoulder for obvious problems (errant anchors, instability, pinched nerves) and hopefully they can reassure you that there are no issues and no overlooked operative targets. Then work hard on your recovery and you'll get there! ...Read more

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What drug to they use on you for pain during reconstructive surgery?

What drug to they use on you for pain during reconstructive surgery?

Pain medication: Over the counter medications like Advil and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help for minor pain. If you required more pain relief then narcotic pain medications will be prescribed by your doctor. ...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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What kind of metal is the rod in my humerus bone made of. Surgery was 1 month ago?

What kind of metal is the rod in my humerus bone made of. Surgery was 1 month ago?

Titanium: Most recent metal implants are made of titanium because of use of magnetic resonance imaging ferrous or iron compounds heat up in magnet and can be drawn into magnet. Patients are interogated about pacemakers, internal metal objects, surgical implant and procedures involving metal insertion prior to scanning. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which metal used for making surgical rods used in bone fracture surgery?

Any suggestions on which metal used for making surgical rods used in bone fracture surgery?

Different metals: Different companies use different types of metal for their surgical hardware. They are usually made of metals such as titanium alloys, or other alloys containing cobalt-chromium, molybdenum, or nickel. ...Read more

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Is it true that if you want to remove the metal plate from your 5th metacarpal bone, you have to wait for at least 6 months since original surgery?

Is it true that if you want to remove the metal plate from your 5th metacarpal bone, you have to wait for at least 6 months since original surgery?

Hands heal more-: -rapidly than other long bones of the body. I usually would wait until imaging shows complete healing. Then when the hardware is removed U have 2 B protected 4 about 3 wks 2 allow the bones 2 remodel so they can accept the stresses. While the hardware is in it stress shields the bone so when the hrdwr is gone it needs time 2 re-align its internal structure 2 B strong again. ...Read more

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Which type of treatment or surgery to fix bone spurs on #5 n 6 neck vertebrae?

Which type of treatment or surgery to fix bone spurs on #5 n 6 neck vertebrae?

Cerv spondy: Arthritis equates to bone spurs. In the absence of pinched nerve pain, no surgical treatment is necessary. Pt alone is likely sufficient. However, if you are asking about surgical options, depends on where nerve pinched. Options include foraminotomy posteriorly or anterior diskectomy and fusion. Both have merits and cons that should be discussed with your surgeon. Disk replacement not for spurs. ...Read more

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Do you know which metal used for making surgical rods used in bone fracture surgery?

Do you know which metal used for making surgical rods used in bone fracture surgery?

From studies....: ...Surgical stainless is strong but bendable, titanium has about the same elasticity of bone, but if exceeded can break. The selection is up 2 the surgeon to use the implant that hopefully meets his needs 2 treat the fracture. So there are weaknesses in each choice. ...Read more

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On the back of my feet my heals or big my doctor wants the bone to be shaved what type of surgery is needed?

On the back of my feet my heals or big my doctor wants the bone to be shaved what type of surgery is needed?

Haglund Heel.: Although I can't be certain, it sounds as though he wants to perform a Haglund procedure on your heel. This to remove an enlarged lump or bump on the back of your heel. Whether it is needed or not is to be decided by you after doing some due diligence and researching the pros and cons of the procedure. It is completely reasonable to acquire a second opinion for your added benefit. ...Read more

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Could I get surgery on my shoulder at the AC joint as the top joining bone is rasied up and causes abit of pain while in use?

How Long?: If you haven't had this pain very long and haven't suffered any significant injury, it may be a strain of your ac joint (where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade). Often avoiding activities that cause the pain for a while will result in improvement. If you have had pain and trouble for some time, I would recommend you see a shoulder specialist. ...Read more

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S2 (racepinephrine) cyst with symptoms. Doc said removal surgery involves cutting 1 bone n use screws. Any simpler n less risky method?

S2 (racepinephrine) cyst with symptoms. Doc said removal surgery involves cutting 1 bone n use screws. Any simpler n less risky method?

2 nd opinion: I would get a second opinion, especially from a neurosurgeon, if the first doctor is an orthopedist. If the cyst does not bother you, perhaps it can just be observed. ...Read more

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M Dr. Says I need surgery after breakin c3, c4, c5, he wants to remove c4, put in a metal box, fill it with my bone & fuse it to c5, so ays in hospital?

M Dr. Says I need surgery after breakin c3, c4, c5, he wants to remove c4, put in a metal box, fill it with my bone & fuse it to c5, so ays in hospital?

Neck pain: The procedure is a C4 cervical corpectomy and fusion. The operation is performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and provide stability to the spine. It is a common operation with excellent results. The stay in the hospital varies based on how much weakness or numbness that you have in the arms and legs. Inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient physical therapy may be needed after surgery. ...Read more

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How long before I have bone fusion surgery on my foot do I need to stop taking Suboxone so that I may use the pain medication they provide initially.?

Suboxone: This really depends on the anesthesiologist and the surgeon. Personally I do not stop the suboxone and I add an additional analgesic (I like Nucynta (tapentadol) IR) to assist with post-op pain. TENS can also be used as well as Exparel injected around the incisions. ...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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What materials are used for chin implants? I'm afraid of having a synthetic material surgically inserted into my body. Can a surgeon use my own bone or another natural substance when performing chin implant surgery?

No worries: Dental xrays are substantially lower radiation dosage today than in years past. All dentists are tried to do as few xrays as possible to get the job done but there is important information to be gained from these studies ...Read more

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