Deb, it is SO awesome to hear how great you're coming along. Carmell's right about slow and steady, and even those who are fortunate enough to seem to zip through early recovery often hit spots where things seem to stall (as I believe was mentioned in the thread rated 5 stars by our "Comedic Therapist", Ed ). The whole process seems to balance out.
Originally Posted by debbei
My Stryker XIA system (6mm Vitallium rods - which I still haven't seen anyone else wearing - and titanium screws) weighs in at ±6 oz. In comparison, Hanson told me the same XIA system in 316 SS (the XIA is available in 316, titanium and Vitallium) would be slightly over 1 lb.
BTW, I'm sure I've posted snippets of Hanson's answer when I asked about the risk of frx (fatigue fracture) with Vitallium - and the system/material in general, but here's what he had to say:
"... there are two factors that come into play when evaluating the strength of
the material; both the material itself and the overall radius of the rods.
As the radius of the rod increases (SS is only available in 5.5 mm or 6.35 mm
rods, versus 6.0 mm for the Vitallium) the overall strength of the rod goes up by a factor of 4.
I think a 6.0 mm vitallium rod is a good compromise and certainly is quite strong. "
Sure 316/316L SS are heavier, but whether it's noticeable? Who can really say unless they've had 316/316L and then something else ...
I really had to laugh at the scrap metal comments. My family knows I want to donate my body to science (hopefully not anytime soon!), and I actually want to know if it's worth it to have my hardware removed for scrap - LOL.
Macabre? Probably. But as much as I paid for it, it's kind of a valid consideration!
Carmell's mention of the cost vs. consumer retail of Synthes locking clips reminded me of when Hanson started doing VBS (stapling) in June. We were discussing the surgery, and he described the tins used to hold the Nitinol c-clamps in an ice bath (they straighten at ambient temperature). I laughed and said "probably $5,000 muffin tins ...", and he said "Yeah ... pretty much!".