Implanting Soon, a few questions
edited July 2016 in Magnets
Hello everyone, it is a pleasure to join this community!
Ever since I first heard of magnet implants I knew I wanted to get one, and I will be implanting mine in a week or so. I wanted to quickly detail my procedure in the hopes that if I am doing anything wrong, or there is a better way, one of you can kindly let me know. I have read through the wiki and some of the forums to familiarize myself with the procedure, and purchased this magnet (http://www.gaussboys.com/store/index.php/d04010g-n52.html) as well as the necessary surgical supplies to implant it. I have preformed surgery on myself before so I am fairly acquainted with the process, and I feel comfortable with implanting my magnet. I will put it in the inside edge of my left ring finger, ideally about half way through to sit the magnet in the middle of the finger. Additionally I will use butterfly closures to seal the wound.
I plan to get my magnet plated in rhodium in addition to the gold, as most jewelers are able to do this (a standard for white gold rings) and I think they wouldn't mind plating a magnet. I choose rhodium because it is much more rigid and solid than gold, and it is also an inert and bio neutral material so shouldn't have any problem in my body. However if I cannot get my magnet plated in rhodium I plan to implant it anyway.
I will also test several magnets for implant in a strong saltwater solution, in order to make sure the coating is intact.
That aside, my questions are:
Will butterfly closures suffice to seal the wound? Or should I also use superglue? My concern with superglue is that it prevents the wound from breathing which will seal in any bacteria infecting the wound and prevent the body's natural reaction of pushing them out.
Is rhodium safe for implantation in the body? I can't find much information about this. I have no metal allergies or anything else that makes me think it would be unsafe.
Will the rhodium coating process demagnetize the magnet significantly? I know that the solutions used are heated but I am not really sure to what degree (though some sources say only 50C). I do not know at what temperature the magnet will begin to become demagnetized.
If I can't get the magnet plated in rhodium, is it safe to implant it with only the gold coating? The coating layer is, per specification, 20 microns thick and I will test the coating in the saline solution. I will also be very careful when handling the magnet before the implant, not allowing it to come into contact with metal.
Is the placement of the magnet (N/S) important? I figure it doesn't matter, but I am not really sure.
Thanks for reading, I will update with how my procedure goes and some pictures. I might even make a video!
Until then, greetings from Germany!
It's not the "gold standard" and the saltwater will work it's what a lot of them are tested in. Thing is you need a microscope to see if there is anything wrong with it otherwise you would need some kind of indication method.
I believe 50c is ok but I'm not very versed in the C scale. The big thing is dont put it above boiling. But again cassox would know better.
Avoid all metal with just have gold. Maybe even consider coating it (after testing) in a medical epoxy resin thing (sorry blanking on the name).
N/S is a bit of a debate. Some say you can tell the difference some say it's in their head. Fact is that the magnet will shift and move until it finds a spot and heals into place so it will likely change no matter what you do.
Au by itself I would discouraged. Not because it doesn't work, it's safe. But it's among the most fragile of choices... I personally prefer to overengineer something beyond specifications than just meet them, in case it needs to put up with stress beyond what's expected routinely, i.e. an abrupt impact. :o
I did some evaluation on adhesives versus sutures a while ago... Would suggest using glue over no glue if all you're using is a butterfly. You want to keep those edges really stable and will anchored, because the body is going to try to push that little guy out, and mechanical stress will make it fail much easier. :s
Would love to see vids. Welcome in! :D
One of the more common tests is the gravimetric test, it calls for exposing the magnet to a solution that reacts with the nickel layer under your rhodium and Au layers, thereby exposing a failed coating. ^^
A very basic solution you can make with literally be super salty water, let that sucker sit in there for a week. If anything corrodes, imagine what your body will do to it. D:
I was simply seconding that part from a previous post. Perhaps some one more chemistry based can help with that one. The usual method is a microscope and salt water.
I'd test the gold only first and coat after. That way you know if the rhodium does fail you still have the gold.
If you wish to cut corners Home Depot, lowes, Michaels all sell these appealing priced neodymiums but you will need to buy a bunch till you find one that works.
I'm not sure if the Au layer is pure 24-karat, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was electroplated. Remember, even if it is pure gold, it's still a very tiny amount.
I too will be using a coating of gold then rhodium over nickel plated N52's. My mags arrived last week from. KJ magnetics. I'll be using colloidal silver to wash the incision and I will be looking into polyetheline glycol as an insertion lubricant if my local vape shop carries pharmaceutical grade. I WILL NOT be using herbal ointments (ie, aloe, turmeric, melaleuca, etc). As this may heal too well and cause rejection. A simple bacitracin or A&D ointment should suffice. I'd love to hear how the rhodium performed.