Once the new regenerate bone has completely healed and you have returned to your normal level of activity the final step will be removal of the STRYDE nails. Removal of the nails is a minor outpatient procedure. You should plan to stay local overnight and return home the following day.
All of the nails should be removed. Removal timing is not critical but is most often done one or two years after the original surgery. The reason to remove the nails is that they contain moving parts (eg gears and magnets) that may generate metal ions over the course of many years. While they are inert and there is no urgency to remove them, it is recommended to remove them one or two years after insertion. The rare earth magnet inside is sealed from the body inside a waterproof chamber but it is possible that after years this seal could leak and the rare earth magnet would be exposed to body fluids. As such, it is preferable to remove the device before this could happen.
The cost of removal is separate and is not included in the cost estimate. The cost of removal is $18,000 for two femurs, $22,500 for two tibias, and $28,000 for simultaneous bilateral femur and tibia removal. The removal surgery is usually performed at our outpatient Surgery Center:
SurgCenter of Palm Beach Gardens, LLC
900 Village Square Crossing, Suite 100
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410