Removal of Screws, Plates, and Pins

We have quite a few patients who’ve expressed interest in the removal screws and plates and/or pins. They’ve previously had surgery and would like their hardware taken out, often times because of irritation. Generally there appears to be an inflammatory-type reaction that some people experience from the retained hardware. Hardware removal is a very simple procedure that can be done in our surgery center oftentimes in less than 30 minutes. There’s usually hardly any recovery time, including minimal time off work if not just the day of surgery. Postoperative pain is often not present. We have very few people take any pain medication after this hardware removal. A common question patients have concerns the hole left behind by the hardware. Normally, new bone formation covers the hole in a relatively short period of time. If you have any questions about hardware removal or would like to be evaluated for hardware removal, please feel free to contact us at 425-391-8666.