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Metal implant removal: benefits and drawbacks – a patient survey

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Surgery, August 2015
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Title
Metal implant removal: benefits and drawbacks – a patient survey
Published in
BMC Surgery, August 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12893-015-0081-6
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Authors

Georg Reith, Vera Schmitz-Greven, Kai O. Hensel, Marco M. Schneider, Tibor Tinschmann, Bertil Bouillon, Christian Probst

Abstract

Hardware removals are among the most commonly performed surgical procedures worldwide. Current literature offers little data concerning postoperative patient satisfaction. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the patients' point of view on implant removal. We surveyed patients of a German level one trauma center, who underwent hardware removal in 2009 and 2010, with regard to their personal experiences on implant removal. Exclusively, data obtained out of the survey were analyzed. In 332 patients surveyed, most hardware removals were performed at the ankle joint (21 %) followed by the wrist (15 %). The most frequent indication was a doctor's recommendation (68 %), followed by pain (31 %) and impaired function (31 %). Patient reported complication rate of implant removal was 10 %. Importantly, after implant removal because of pain or impaired function patients reported an improvement in function (72 %) as well as decreased pain (96 %). 96 % of all responding patients and 66 % of the patients who suffered from subsequent complications would opt for surgical implant removal again. In summary, despite the challenging and frequently troublesome nature of surgical hardware removal our data contradicts the widely held view that implant removal is often without a positive effect on the patients. These findings may influence the surgeons' attitude towards implant removal and their day-to-day routine in patient counseling.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Andorra 1 <1%
Unknown 169 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 26 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 24 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 23 14%
Student > Master 22 13%
Other 13 8%
Other 30 18%
Unknown 32 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 53 31%
Engineering 38 22%
Materials Science 10 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 9 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 4%
Other 12 7%
Unknown 41 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 February 2020.
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#6,339,308
of 19,529,814 outputs
Outputs from BMC Surgery
#120
of 1,114 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#81,348
of 245,339 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Surgery
#1
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