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I had a volar plate arthroplasty. Had pin inserted in finger. After a month, the pin is coming out. How painful is it to remove the pin and how is?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Not very

We pull pins out of the body all of the time in the office.
After a month the pin will be very loose. We will grab the pin with a needle driver or pliers, wiggle and pull it out. It will usually bleed for a few seconds. Not worry, you will be fine and good luck.

In brief: Not very

We pull pins out of the body all of the time in the office.
After a month the pin will be very loose. We will grab the pin with a needle driver or pliers, wiggle and pull it out. It will usually bleed for a few seconds. Not worry, you will be fine and good luck.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
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In brief: Simple

Hardware removal can be performed in an operating room because of a need for sterile conditions.
Pin removal, on the other hand is sometimes a simple procedure performed with a grasper, and a minor incision using little more than a local anesthetic.

In brief: Simple

Hardware removal can be performed in an operating room because of a need for sterile conditions.
Pin removal, on the other hand is sometimes a simple procedure performed with a grasper, and a minor incision using little more than a local anesthetic.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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Dr. John McDonald
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Not terrible

The pin typically is removed in the office by pulling on it.
Occasionally, local anesthetic is given, but not usually. Usually, once it is loose and coming out on it's own, it is not very painful to remove.

In brief: Not terrible

The pin typically is removed in the office by pulling on it.
Occasionally, local anesthetic is given, but not usually. Usually, once it is loose and coming out on it's own, it is not very painful to remove.
Dr. John McDonald
Dr. John McDonald
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Dr. Michael Granberry
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Hurts - a little

If the pin was left with a portion outside of the skin (often with a little ball or cover on it) then it is usually removed in the office.
There will be a little pain, similar to pulling a splinter out. There will be an initial, very short, pain, then a few seconds of a burning ache. It is usually very short, and less painful than the IV needed to go to sleep for removal.

In brief: Hurts - a little

If the pin was left with a portion outside of the skin (often with a little ball or cover on it) then it is usually removed in the office.
There will be a little pain, similar to pulling a splinter out. There will be an initial, very short, pain, then a few seconds of a burning ache. It is usually very short, and less painful than the IV needed to go to sleep for removal.
Dr. Michael Granberry
Dr. Michael Granberry
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