What is Removal of hardware?

Category: Surgeries


Removal of hardware is done to remove devices used to fix bone(s). Devices may include pins, screws, plates, rods, surgical wires, or bone implants. The hardware is added to hold broken bones in alignment until they heal. Some reasons for hardware removal may be due to infection and/or pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain in lower back 4 1
Broken arm (right) 1 1
Broken prosthetic hip 1 0
Fractured tibial plateau 1 0
Muscle and joint pain 1 0

Show all 7 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Removal of hardware

Side effect Patients Percentage
Numbness in hands 1


Stopped having Removal of hardware

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 11
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Removal of hardware.