When you die, what happens to your hips and fake breasts? Here’s everything you need to know….
Have you ever wondered what happens to your breast implants or new hip after you die? You are not alone if this has happened to you.
Caitlin Doughty, the Undertaker, has her own YouTube channel called Ask A Mortician, where she has been addressing strange queries for years. When we die and are cremated, what happens to the implants in our bodies?
When you receive a hip replacement, the titanium isn’t burnt up, and it’s even given to your family.
Apart from metal, it’s general knowledge that after a cremation, all that’s left is a mound of bones turned to ashes, and everything else, such as your hair, clothes, and organs, burns away.
“The metal has to be retrieved by hand or by a strong magnet, and it’s not handled as biological trash because it was never actually part of the body to begin with,” Ask A Mortician explained in the video.
“The family is welcome to request the pieces back at any time,” she continued, “but I’ve received that request exactly zero times.”
For years, crematoriums threw away hip and knee replacements, but now there are companies in the United States and Europe that recycle them to manufacture things like road signs, planes, and vehicle parts.
As a result, the crematories are unable to profit from the objects, which Caitlin describes as “ghoulish,” therefore humanitarian endeavors are the only viable alternative in this scenario.
What about pacemakers, for example?
Pacemakers, it appears, never make it inside cremation ovens because the batteries and extreme heat would trigger a blast.
“I would never trust the authorisation form to notify us whether the deceased had a pacemaker when I was a crematorium operator; I would generally just feel on their chest as it would be poking out and use a knife to remove it,” stated Ask A Mortician.
What about silicone breast implants, in the end of the day?
They are normally incinerated alongside the body, however they have the potential to melt and leave a sticky sludge clinging to the machine’s bottom.
It might mean a little more work for the personnel at the crematorium.