Originally Posted by Feli
The general consensus is that they couse edema and inflammatory reaction. Every rep will tell you their absorbable pin/screw is "next generation" and that swelling and inflammation is "a thing of the past."
Arthrex has TrimIt absorbable pins which are marketed for hammertoes; I took one out... soft tissues around it looked terrible with a lot of yellow/gray/brown scar and granuloma-esque tissue. Most of the literature you will find on them, or other absorbable implants, either reports a fair amount of inflammatory granulomas... or is sponsored by the companies that manufacture and market the products...
I've placed several absorbable screws and pins and I've been disappointed in the amount of inflammation associated with all of them, regardless of manufacturer. I've pretty much abandoned bioabsorbables completely.