Originally Posted by Unregistered
Does anyone have any opinions regarding this?
I've read a lot of bunk and misinformation from those who have no idea of what they are talking about, but this one might just take the cake.
1. Proper use of a screw for internal fixation should not be a cause of arthritis
2. The doctor was correct in stating that a properly employed and placed screw should not in most circumstances cause problems, although SOME wind up doing that. So the doctor's advice was NOT a lie.
3. I can't speak for all surgeons, but to state that it is common practice to use hardware so as to be able to charge insurance companies for hardware (which is charged by the hospital anyhow, and not the doctor) is ridiculous.
4. I have no idea of what you are talking about by "proprietary rights to the screw." Once implanted, the patient owns the screw and what is to be done with it or for it if there are problems is between the patient and the doctor OF HIS/HER CHOICE.
5. Rarely, if ever, would both a screw and a K-wire be employed to fixate the same site.