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If I had a nail put in for my tibial spiral fracture, can it ever be removed?

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Dr. Howard Epps
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Yes

It can be removed provided the fracture is healed.
It doesn't have to be removed, however. Removing it requires another anesthetic and all the risks associated with surgery (bleeding, infection, nerve or vessel damage) so you must consider all those factors in your decision.

In brief: Yes

It can be removed provided the fracture is healed.
It doesn't have to be removed, however. Removing it requires another anesthetic and all the risks associated with surgery (bleeding, infection, nerve or vessel damage) so you must consider all those factors in your decision.
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Dr. Joel McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

Tibial nails are usually placed along with locking bolds (screws) which hold them in place.
Removal requires the same number of incision it took to place the nail and is usually unnecessary. The implants are made of stainless steel, or more often titanium and can be remain in for the lifetime of the patient without any problems.

In brief: Yes

Tibial nails are usually placed along with locking bolds (screws) which hold them in place.
Removal requires the same number of incision it took to place the nail and is usually unnecessary. The implants are made of stainless steel, or more often titanium and can be remain in for the lifetime of the patient without any problems.
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