As the proud new owner of a titanium hip, kaylasmom today asked a somewhat understandable question. When she kicks it, and I (or whatever living relative is still around) have her mortal remains consigned to the flames at the local crematorium, what will become of the metal?
I have a friend that’s a funeral director. According to her, anything that’s not, well, organic comes out before the body goes to the crematorium. IIRC, she said artificial (metal) joints have a scrap value, I don’t recall if she mentioned if they offer them to the family first.
I remember when they came to pick up mom’s body the crematorium people did ask about that, and pacemakers, and so forth. As mom didn’t have anything of the sort I don’t know what the result of a “yes” answer would be.
My spouse has lots n’ lots of medical grade titanium in his leg… but he wants to be buried, not cremated. Interesting question, though - should we bury that, or recycle for money and the financial benefit of the family? I mean, we recycled the gold from father-in-law’s teeth, why not the titanium from a leg?
A few screws might not be a problem. On the other hand, my spouse has had every bone below his right knee entirely replaced with an internal prosthesis. Not screws, not plates, not pins - no bone, just metal struts and an artificial ankle. I can’t help but think that’s a bigger issue than a few screws or a pacemaker.