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Titanium Cranioplasty - 2 years ago toxicity?

Hello all,

A little background - I had a craniotomy after I fell 30-40 feet in the Black Hills in South Dakota on a bicycling trip. I needed a craniotomy to allow room for my brain to swell at the time. I am perfectly fine now - no memory issues, everything is fine cognitively. I can walk, run, bike and do everything I could always do. I am 30 years old - the accident happened when I was 28 years old. I had fairly decent cosmetic results and if I didn't tell anyone I had a titanium plate on the right side of my head, nobody would ever know.

But with me being so young, I fear that the plate will eventually degrade or corrode and excess Titanium winds up in my bloodstream. I have read articles that titanium nano particles can cause neurological disorders, and possibly cancer. I guess I'm just concerned over time - say like 30-50 years of this thing being in my head that it may cause toxicity. Has anyone else heard about Titanium causing toxicity and immunity issues over time? If you have a titanium cranioplasty / plate how long have you had it?

Any response would be helpful!

Thank you all!

Nate Petersen

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Hi I had s titanium plate in my head in 2007 when I was 21 Not had any issues regarding what you mentioned although I am concerned as never heard of it before! i would be interested in knowing more though. X

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Not sure why my reply back didn't get posted, but thought I would send again. I too am concerned with how long I am going to have this plate in my head and what affects it will have on my body. I will say that at least with titanium cranioplasty plates there isn't any friction happening, like there would be in say a titanium knee or hip replacement. And my neuro surgeon has told me he has known people who have had titanium in there body for upwards of 30+ years without issue. Curious if there is more of us out there!

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Im sure there are more of us I intend on it being in my head longer than 30 years

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Me as well - as I'm only 30 right now. :/

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I just wish there was more research on heavy metal toxicity with titanium cranioplasty plates. Anyone know of such research? If I were middle aged with this plate I wouldn't worry as much, but I have most of my life a head of me only be 30 years old. I'm so glad I'm still here - I've read numerous articles about chlorella and cilantro being able to draw out heavy metal toxins, so maybe I can try doing a detox every month for a few weeks.

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If anyone has had a titanium cranioplasty, let me know how long you have had - it would be helpful to ease my mind. Thanks all!

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Never had cranioplasty though was a option apparently!

Titanium isn't a toxic material or rather it has low levels, I can't see there being a issue to be honest.

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Thanks for the reply Roger! That's what most everyone tells me too. I just worry about the duration it will be in my body - since I'm only 30 years old. But I have heard it is a safe material from my neurosurgeon as well. How did you injure your brain. I think I read you bio that you are a cyclist. That is how I had my accident...I was decenting iron mountain road on my road bike and took a turn to sharp and went over a 30-40 foot bridge. I have fully recovered remarkably thanks to God's healing power and being a very healthy individual.

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Cycling to work, no idea what happened it was a pootle in the park, no cars etc. Iron Mountain where is that?

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Not sure why my post didn't go through again. Iron Mountain is near Mount Rushmore (The President faces carved in Rock) in South Dakota near Rapid City, USA. I fell over a bridge switchback. I have pictures of it somewhere - it was road/highway 16A leading up Iron Mountain and then to MT Rushmore. Do you remember any part of your accident?

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Ah I had wondered since one of the hills around my folks place in wales, is sometimes by cyclist (normally the sportive) called iron mountain.

No I have no recall of the accident my memory stops a minute or so before and doesn't really start again, until a few days later, I have sporadic islands in-between this.

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