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Old 10-06-2019, 11:33 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Thanks, I will keep that in mind. I wonder why the doctor didn't tell my husband that the hip is healed enough to have pin removed.
Hard to say. Did he do any scans before suggesting the pin(s) be removed? Maybe he didn't think telling your husband this was necessary. He wouldn't suggest removing them if the bone hadn't healed enough.

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Old 10-07-2019, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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I would get a second opinion about the cause of the pain. Removing pins sounds like a shot in the dark.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:49 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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What happens if hip pin is taken out of hip?


Umm... 7 seconds later you explode?

OK, OK, sorry for the humor. I hope he recovers soon and gets rid of the pain. Please keep us up to date!
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:22 PM
 
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Iíve had pins in both hips for over 30 years now. I had SCFE as a teenager which required pinning of both hips. The hardware was left in. I now need a right hip replacement and the pins will be removed when the surgeon removed the femoral head in preparation for implanting the prosthesis.
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Old Today, 02:26 PM
 
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Hard to say. Did he do any scans before suggesting the pin(s) be removed? Maybe he didn't think telling your husband this was necessary. He wouldn't suggest removing them if the bone hadn't healed enough.
I guess. I'll have to write the questions down so I don't get sidetracked when I'm there with my husband. Good question though.
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Old Today, 02:27 PM
 
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What happens if hip pin is taken out of hip?


Umm... 7 seconds later you explode?

OK, OK, sorry for the humor. I hope he recovers soon and gets rid of the pain. Please keep us up to date!
OK, that was very funny. (kind of.) Yes, I'll keep you up to date.
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Old Today, 02:29 PM
 
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I would get a second opinion about the cause of the pain. Removing pins sounds like a shot in the dark.
After I speak to the surgeon again that did the surgery, I will probably go to another surgeon. Anyway. Maybe. But now I am finding that different docs use different screws and cement for the same type of surgery, so I can only guess the initial doc who put the screws and pins in knows what he did. What a mess sometimes with the medical profession.
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Old Today, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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So my husband's doctor offered 3 possible treatments for the hip pain he is experiencing after more than a year from hip surgery. He had a pin (or more, not sure) placed in his hip and is not recovering well due to pain. One possibility is removal of the pin. He would still limp, according to dr., but would not have the pain. Is this true? Further, what happens if the pin(s) is removed?? I mean it sounds incredible. So I'm curious as to what happens to hip if pin(s) is removed...if he has no pain but would still limp, what good is the pin in the first place??
Generalities aren't that useful.

Hardware can be either permanent or temporary. Sounds like permanent was the intent. Sometimes permanent hardware is just left in even though it's no longer necessary because there's no reason to remove it. Sometimes in those cases the hardware causes pain and it does get removed. Other times the hardware is structurally necessary. Sounds like that's the case so the hip joint will be compromised by the removal and they don't expect it to ever heal and function fully. That might be preferable than pain though.

The doctor should document the surgery they did. Of course surgeons are notorious for sloppy records although in general medical reporting today is far, far better than it was in the past.
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