Hammertoe Surgery...Do we still use pins???
By DrStoll
October 13, 2010
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Today, with advanced technology internal pins called intramedullary memory implants (smart pins) are used in place of traditional pins. This means that there are no pins sticking out of the foot when hammertoes are fixed. This used to not be the case. In the past, surgeons had to place pins in the toes and keep them there for 6 weeks until they are removed.

These "smart pins" are used to decrease infection rates, increase speed of healing, and maintain the position of the toes for a lifetime. They do not bend or break, and there are no internal "rejections".



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