I am new to this board and so I have been reading through all the different posts. I just had to make a comment on this particular subject because of my unusual experience with pin removal. I had bunion correction surgery 7 weeks ago and had 2 pins in the top of my foot for 2 weeks. My surgeon is located in the city, a 5 hour commute, so I elected to have my family dr. remove the pins. It's like he had never done this before. The pain was pretty intense. My partner, who was there with me, couldn't believe that I didn't scream! The nurse even kept commenting on how brave I was. The dr. didn't seem to know to wiggle them a bit to loosen them, but instead just ripped them right out using all of his might! After that I had obvious concerns, so I talked to my surgeon and he ordered an x-ray on my foot at the local hospital. The x-ray technician told me that my bone was broken and all out of alignment and that I better have it fixed right away or it would fuse together that way and not to walk on it. We rushed down to my surgeon and when he saw the x-ray and examined my foot, he said that everything was fine, just as we left it. What a shock and a big relief! But I am certainly not pleased with my family dr. or the x-ray technician to say the least. If and when I have my other foot done, I will definitely go back to my surgeon to have the pins removed, without a doubt!