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Shoulder FAQ

Question:

I had a rotator cuff repair a year ago. The doctor used four metal anchors to hold the torn tendon in place. I am planning to fly overseas next month. Will the metal anchors set off the security system?

Answer:

Not likely. Most metals used in orthopedic surgery are made of titanium. This is an alloy or mixture of two or more metals that dissolve in each other when heated to a high temperature.

As far as the security system goes, these alloys are no different than the amalgam in dental fillings. They do not trigger the security system. Most doctors will give their patients a letter or prescription with the necessary medical information. This can be shown if there are any questions during the security checks.



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