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What are the pros and cons of having screws and metal plates surgically planted on your bones?
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Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Rigid fixation
Not all fractures need fixation with plates and screws.
Generally, plates and screws are necessary if a fracture is badly displaced (out of position) and if not fixed with a plate and screws, the fracture still may heal but it may heal in a position that affects the function of the limb or joint. Also, they are often needed to fix fractures involving joint surfaces.

In brief: Rigid fixation
Not all fractures need fixation with plates and screws.
Generally, plates and screws are necessary if a fracture is badly displaced (out of position) and if not fixed with a plate and screws, the fracture still may heal but it may heal in a position that affects the function of the limb or joint. Also, they are often needed to fix fractures involving joint surfaces.
Dr. Matthew Enna
Dr. Matthew Enna
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: See below
Rigid fixation restoration of bone shape early motion benifits .
Downside scar risk of surgical infx injury to nervess it hurts less extranal splinting usually better bone healing rates these dcisions are driven by evidence based outcomes based on frx type pattern let the orthopod decide the 5y ear residency was spent learning about jhese. Issues.

In brief: See below
Rigid fixation restoration of bone shape early motion benifits .
Downside scar risk of surgical infx injury to nervess it hurts less extranal splinting usually better bone healing rates these dcisions are driven by evidence based outcomes based on frx type pattern let the orthopod decide the 5y ear residency was spent learning about jhese. Issues.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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