Table of Contents
ISRN Orthopedics
Volume 2012, Article ID 256239, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/256239
Clinical Study

Late Removal of Titanium Hardware from the Elbow Is Problematic

Elbow Shoulder Research Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, University of Kentucky, 740 South Limestone Street, K-412 Kentucky Clinic, Lexington, KY 40536-0284, USA

Received 6 October 2011; Accepted 2 November 2011

Academic Editor: H. R. Song

Copyright © 2012 Abdo Bachoura et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Linked References

  1. J. Black, “Does corrosion matter?” Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery B, vol. 70, no. 4, pp. 517–520, 1988. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  2. R. M. Brown, E. F. Wheelwright, and J. Chalmers, “Removal of metal implants after fracture surgery indications and complications,” Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 96–100, 1993. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  3. W. K. Kahle, “The case against routine metal removal,” Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 229–237, 1994. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  4. B. Hanson, C. van der Werken, and D. Stengel, “Surgeons' beliefs and perceptions about removal of orthopaedic implants,” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, vol. 9, article 73, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at PubMed
  5. D. J. Hak and M. McElvany, “Removal of broken hardware,” Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 113–120, 2008. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  6. R. H. Richards, J. D. Palmer, and N. M. Clarke, “Observations on removal of metal implants,” Injury, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 25–28, 1992. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  7. K. M. Pfeiffer, J. Brennwald, U. Büchler, D. Hanel, J Jupiter, K. Lowka et al., “Implants of pure titanium for internal fixation of the peripheral skeleton,” Injury, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 87–89, 1994. View at Google Scholar
  8. J. M. Banovetz, R. Sharp, R. A. Probe, and J. O. Anglen, “Titanium plate fixation: a review of implant failures,” Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 389–394, 1996. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  9. K. Yukata, K. Doi, Y. Hattori, and S. Sakamoto, “Early breakage of a titanium volar locking plate for fixation of a distal radius fracture: case report,” Journal of Hand Surgery, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 907–909, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at PubMed · View at Scopus
  10. P. I. Brånemark, B. O. Hansson, R. Adell et al., “Osseointegrated implants in the treatment of the edentulous jaw. Experience from a 10-year period,” Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol. 16, pp. 1–132, 1977. View at Google Scholar
  11. F. Lintner, K. Zweymuller, and G. Brand, “Tissue reactions to titanium endoprostheses. Autopsy studies in four cases,” Journal of Arthroplasty, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 183–195, 1986. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  12. M. Niinomi, “Mechanical properties of biomedical titanium alloys,” Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 243, no. 1-2, pp. 231–236, 1998. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  13. J. C. Dick and C. A. Bourgeault, “Notch sensitivity of titanium alloy, commercially pure titanium, and stainless steel spinal implants,” Spine, vol. 26, no. 15, pp. 1668–1672, 2001. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  14. G. S. Athwal and B. F. Morrey, “Revision total elbow arthroplasty for prosthetic fractures,” Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery A, vol. 88, no. 9, pp. 2017–2026, 2006. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at PubMed · View at Scopus
  15. F. Lintner, K. Zweymüller, G. Böhm, and G. Brand, “Reactions of surrounding tissue to the cementless hip implant Ti-6A1-4V alloy after an implantation period of several years. Autopsy studies in three cases,” Archives of Orthopaedic and Traumatic Surgery, vol. 107, no. 6, pp. 357–363, 1988. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  16. L. Linder, “Osseointegration of metallic implants. I. Light microscopy in the rabbit,” Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 129–134, 1989. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  17. F. B. Christensen, M. Dalstra, F. Sejling, S. Overgaard, and C. Bünger, “Titanium-alloy enhances bone-pedicle screw fixation: mechanical and histomorphometrical results of titanium-alloy versus stainless steel,” European Spine Journal, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 97–103, 2000. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus