2/3 rds patients improve after hardware removal
Nearly 68% of patients improve after hardware removal, but surgery is costly
Outpatient vs. in-hospital removal cost about $4,500 compared to $7,500, but patients paid much more.
Surgeons should be selective about removing orthopedic hardware in the presence of a healed fracture, even if it is painful and patients are symptomatic. Investigators who studied this area said the benefits of such procedures remain unclear and costs can be substantial.
Investigators found reliable results after hardware removal in certain cases, such as explanting locking screws for intramedullary (IM) nails, but they were not as predictable following other types of hardware removal, such as plates and screws.
By Susan M. Rapp
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Author/Contact: Susan M. Rapp
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Added: Fri Nov 13 2009