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Plate removal
Last yr in april i have undergone implantation of plate in my arm due to shaft in it ... my doctor is suggesting not to go for removal of the plate now n leave it as so forever since he says he implanted biodegradable plate ... is it adviceable to remove it or not please advice
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Dr. J. P. Singh
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Although it is not mandatory to remove implants, but it is still preferable to remove implant especially in young patients. Usually plate removal is indicated after about 2 years of surgery, when fracture has properly consolidated. I believe that the plate inserted is less likely to be biodegradable
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Dr. Satish Reddy Gandavarapu
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Plates need not be removed mandatorily. They can be left inside for ever. The only complication is if you sustain a fracture, again, it is likely to break at the end of the plate. Then it requires a long plate. I have not seen biodegradable plates, and they are not in common use. Make sure that the plate is infact biodegradable.
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