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Hi Lauren. Sorry to hear about your son's injury. I agree that it is upsetting to imagine that hardware being in his arm for his entire life. That said, once it is in, it can be risky and counterproductive to try to remove it...and it may, in fact, be much stronger with the hardware than without...and actually make another fracture less likely. What I would suggest is that you bring him and his films into another pediatric orthopedist and get a second opinion. Different doctors have different opinions on such matters. On the other hand, if they agree with each other than you can feel confident it was/is the right approach.
Hi Lauren. Did you have any follow up questions? Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.
Lance. Best of luck to you and your son.
May God smile on you both