One of the significant advantages of IM rods over other methods of fixation is IM rods share the load with the bone, rather that entirely support the bone. Because of this, patients are able to use the extremity more quickly.
IM rods cannot be used for all fractures, and there are often associated complaints of pain and other symptoms at the site the IM rods are inserted. For this reason, a second operation may be needed to remove the IM device if you have painful symptoms. Otherwise, the IM nail can usually stay inside your bone forever.