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What are the metal plates for spinal surgery made of?

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Dr. Richard Guyer
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Various metals

Modern spinal plates such as those used in the cervical spine are usually made out of titanium which still allow the patient.
In fact most spinal plants are made of titanium though in scoliosis some surgeons still prefer stainless rods. Some are even made of cobalt chrome.

In brief: Various metals

Modern spinal plates such as those used in the cervical spine are usually made out of titanium which still allow the patient.
In fact most spinal plants are made of titanium though in scoliosis some surgeons still prefer stainless rods. Some are even made of cobalt chrome.
Dr. Richard Guyer
Dr. Richard Guyer
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Dr. Taro Kaibara
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Titanium alloy

Most of the spinal instrumentation these days, consisting mainly of rods and screws, are made of titanium alloys.
However depending upon the application or surgeon preference cobalt-chrome alloys are also available.

In brief: Titanium alloy

Most of the spinal instrumentation these days, consisting mainly of rods and screws, are made of titanium alloys.
However depending upon the application or surgeon preference cobalt-chrome alloys are also available.
Dr. Taro Kaibara
Dr. Taro Kaibara
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Most spinal instrumentation used today is titanium, which allows the spine to be images using MRI postoperatively.
Some implants are made of a combination of other materials known as alloys, the most common of which is cobalt chrome. Thank you for your question.

In brief: Depends

Most spinal instrumentation used today is titanium, which allows the spine to be images using MRI postoperatively.
Some implants are made of a combination of other materials known as alloys, the most common of which is cobalt chrome. Thank you for your question.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Titaniim

Titanium.

In brief: Titaniim

Titanium.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery

In brief: A few options

Stainless steel is used, but less frequently these days.
Titanium alloy made of titanium, vanadium and aluminum, is most common, with good imaging characteristics in MRI and ct as compared to stainless steel. The newest alloy used in spinal implants is cobalt chrome, which allows the use of thinner rods, but has imaging characteristics closer to titanium than to stainless steel.

In brief: A few options

Stainless steel is used, but less frequently these days.
Titanium alloy made of titanium, vanadium and aluminum, is most common, with good imaging characteristics in MRI and ct as compared to stainless steel. The newest alloy used in spinal implants is cobalt chrome, which allows the use of thinner rods, but has imaging characteristics closer to titanium than to stainless steel.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Dr. Roger Frankel
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