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Can the steel plates planted to heal a fracture in my hand be removed after 5 years? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 19-Mar-2013
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User:hiello Good afternon
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User:i met with an accident on may 4 2007. Major accident. and my forearm had a fractured. Anda i have a some steel plates planted in my hand. So its almost five years as of now.
User:so eat u think whether i can go for anther operation to remove the plates or not.. bcoz i dont know whether the fractured bone is cured or not?
User:*eat = what..
Doctor:Was any x XXXXXXX done recently
Doctor:after the surgery?
Doctor:What did the doctors say to you during that time?
User:but even that been three years as o now..
Doctor:It depends on whether it has united or not
Doctor:If it is they will consider removal .
User:they said nothing regarding removing.. they just informed me about when ever i want to i can replace its not an emergency
Doctor:But they will need to do an x XXXXXXX are you going for follow up
Doctor:When did you last XXXXXXX them?
User:well i use to.. but for the last 3-4 years i havent seen him. bcoz will relocating i lost few documents..
Doctor:It is ok if you lost
Doctor:You can XXXXXXX them atleast once a year,how are the movements
User:k.. so should i consult him or i can consult any?
User:never was a problem.
Doctor:You can go to HOSMAT if you are in bangalore
Doctor:So movement are fine?
Doctor:No restrictions, no pain?
User:yes.. very comfortable
Doctor:Any swelling anytime?
User:no.. even from the time i discharged from the hospital i never had pain..
Doctor:Ok that is good
Doctor:It does look like it is healed,
Doctor:was both radius and ulna invoved?
User:k.. and is it essential to be removed or i need it to remove it..
User:i have no idea abt it..
Doctor:some doctors remove it
Doctor:some do not
Doctor:It depends on how the healing process is.
Doctor:Personally i feel it is ok if present.
User:well i actly heard that its not safer to have some metals in your body .. because recently i heard that because of having this kind of plated his arm was disarmed through an operation to prevent further loss>>??
User:can it be True?
User:*having this kind of plates in his arm was disarmed ...
Doctor:No, it might be he had some other problem, because amputation following implantation is never heard of
Doctor:he might have developed infection during surgery
Doctor:Not becuase of implants
User:k.. its no prob if i have it for few more years..
Doctor:Nowadays they use titanium implants
Doctor:which are highly rated as the best
Doctor:No possible cases of corrosion or fracture due to this
Doctor:There is no problem, you can keep it or remove it,
Doctor:Just need to discuss everything with doctor all the factors
User:and if i under go operation hw much of time do i need to spend to cure completely ..
User:sure.. will go sooner..
Doctor:How old are you?
Doctor:do you have any more queries
User:well as of now.. no ..
Doctor:Ok, kindly login for further queries
User:sure.. thanks alot..
Doctor:you are welcome
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