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Can I be exposed to cold weather since titanium attached to leg?

My name is Biroe, In my left leg attached a titanium , how many degrees the temperature can withstand the cold . I was a sailor, if I get an offer for sailing in the area being winter, I had to cancel because I was afraid of not being able to work in cold weather with temperatures below 0 degrees. but until now I sail only on the equator. if I was in an air conditioned, so my legs do not ache and I m still able to do the activity in the room.
Asked On : Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hi ! There are many opinions on how people react or feel to the temperature changes with a metal in the body. Titanium is known to cause less discomfort in cold than any steel rod, but after all it is a metal, and there may be some temperature changes towards lower side in the winter below 0 degrees even if the body temperature may try to maintain the temperature to an optimum level. In an air conditioning , the temperature you maintain is as per your own comfort zone, and so you can not predict how the metal will behave in a temperature below 0 degree. If I would be you, I possibly would try to experience it in gradual decreasing temperature to be sure about the tolerance in low temperature. So take care.
Answered: Sat, 7 Sep 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

This is to just let you know that human body has a built in thermostat mechanisms which maintains the core body temparature at an optimum level (though not always) despite outside cool temparatures.

So, you have nothing to worry about the titanium implant which is present inside your body and you can get exposed to cool temparatures as needed.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Sat, 7 Sep 2013
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