Thank you for your question
1) I cannot connect to the above webpage, the message says that "The bandwidth of the page server is exceeded".
2) You speak about "a metal rod" inserted in a femur - a metallic device in use since 1940's, produced in millions of exemplars by very many manufacturers, many of them no longer on the market. 20 years (1987-2006) is a very long time period in the development of orthopaedic devices.
Moreover, it is not clear if you have the extracted rod (nail) available, or if you have only x-ray pictures, or only know hearsay way that the person had this device once.
Don't forget that it is usual to remove the intramedullary nail after some 1 -2 years, especially if is causing problems, when the fracture healed.
The only way to know if a metal rod had a serial number etched is to look at the rod. Big manufacturers are etching serial numbers on its femoral rods today, but to know if they did it in the 1980's, you should ask them. And very probably many of the manufacturers disappeared from the market since then.
The easiest way to know is to look at the intramedullary nail (your name "metal rod") directly.
If there is such number you may then proceed further.
You may then take a photography and ask the manufacturers of orthopaedic device if they manufactured this type of the femoral intramedullary nail, and when you find the right manufacturer you may ask to know the local dealer. The local dealer would know the hospitals to whom he sold this individual nail .
Then it all depend on the hospital and surgeon if they annotate the serial numbers of the nails in the patients journals.
I very much doubt that one did that in the 1980īs, whereas it is a standard practice today.
Moreover, the dealers changed, the patient journals may disappear (they do it although they theoretically should not) etc.
It must be a nice detective work to locate a person from an orthopaedic device, and unless you are not writing a mystery novel I think that the probability of success is not big.
But if you wish, go on. If you will succeed, please, let me know - it is an interesting theme.
Valdemar Surin, MD, PhD