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Do I have to have the screws/hardware removed after surgery?

Most surgeries that require screws, plates, pins, staples and othe types of hardware do not require removal of this hardware at a later date. The most common need for the removal of hardware is pain associated with the loosening of the hardware or the development of an infection around the hardware. If harware removal is necessary at a later date, your doctor will typically inform you of this before surgery.