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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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After DRESS syndrome felt due to a spinal orthopedic implant, the implant was removed but the patient developed body aches, electrical sensation.....?

After DRESS syndrome felt due to a spinal orthopedic implant, the implant was removed but the patient developed body aches, electrical sensation.....?

Complimentary Medicine: specifically ACUPUNCTURE may be worth a trial. Evaluation by a State Licensed Acupucturist followed by six treatments is the usual trial. It is very valuable for pain and fatigue in a significant # of very frustrating cases. Hope this helps! Z ...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?

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