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Doctor insights on: Which Complications Have Resulted From The Use Of Bioabsorbable Bone Screws

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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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Am considering bunionectomy for moderate bunion. Dr wants to use a screw and I am opposed. is there any way to cut and realign bone without using scr?

Am considering bunionectomy for moderate bunion.  Dr wants to use a screw and I am opposed. is there any way to cut and realign bone without using scr?

PROBABLY, BUT....: There are many ways to cut the bone, to fix the bunion. Thinking of the various osteotomies, I think all can be stabilized with K-wires, which can be removed later. The advantage to screws is that they really compress the bone together; K-wires don't provided compression, only hold the bone together. Also, there are "dissolving" pins or screws; ask your surgeon if this is an option. ...Read more

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3rd and 4th metacarpals broken. have 1 screw for each of the broken bones. they used volar slab as a cast. it is possible to use ulnar gutter slab?

3rd and 4th metacarpals broken. have 1 screw for each of the broken bones. they used volar slab as a cast. it is possible to use ulnar gutter slab?

Hand fracture: Yes as long as the third and fourth metacarpals are protected an ulnar gutter splint would be fine and may be more comfortable ...Read more

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Can screws cause stress risers in bone?

Can screws cause stress risers in bone?

Unlikely: Haven't seen a single screw create a problem of a stress riser. More common is the stress riser created from removal of a screw and the remaining defect in the bone before it fills in with new bone. ...Read more

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Can having a screw in your bone make it weaker?

Can having a screw in your bone make it weaker?

No: Orthopedic screws are designed with this in mind, and generally do not weaken the bone. ...Read more

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Will bones heal after removing the screws and plates?

Will bones heal after removing the screws and plates?

Yes: Are removal or orthopedic fixation devices (eg. Screws/plates), the bones remodel and fill in the defects left by the hardware. ...Read more

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How long are the pins and screws used to repair bones last?

How long are the pins and screws used to repair bones last?

"Forever": The hardware used to repair bone is usually stainless steel or a titanium alloy. It can last for one’s lifetime. There is one caveat, if a fracture does not heal then the screws, plates, rods, etc., used in fracture fixation can fail, that is, break. Also if the fracture does not heal screws or wires can start to back out and cause some problems that could make it necessary to remove them. ...Read more

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