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Is it impossible to break a titanium plate in your arm?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, particularly if you have a nonunion in your fracture.

In brief: Yes
Yes, particularly if you have a nonunion in your fracture.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. William Lowe
It IS possible. As Dr Hellman said, if the fracture is NOT healed, the plate can break, like fatiguing a coat hanger.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: No any plate can brk
Any plate used in orthopaedic surgery can theoretically break if adequate forces are applied via a twisting or axial loading injury.

In brief: No any plate can brk
Any plate used in orthopaedic surgery can theoretically break if adequate forces are applied via a twisting or axial loading injury.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Joel McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Plates and screws, and rods, and wires will all eventually break if bones don't heal regardless of what metal they are made of.
Just like a wire coat hanger will break if you bend it back and forth enough times. Without bone healing the metal fatigues and fails if it gets enough cycles on it. If the bone is healed the chances of fatigue failure are basically zero.

In brief: No
Plates and screws, and rods, and wires will all eventually break if bones don't heal regardless of what metal they are made of.
Just like a wire coat hanger will break if you bend it back and forth enough times. Without bone healing the metal fatigues and fails if it gets enough cycles on it. If the bone is healed the chances of fatigue failure are basically zero.
Dr. Joel McClurg
Dr. Joel McClurg
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