Question - ACL Screw Removal

by Teri
(Ohio)

My 16 year old daughter had ACL reconstructive surgery in May 2007, using her hamstring. Her recovery has been good and she was back to playing sports after six months.

In the past month she has noticed a sharp pain in her knee where the screw is, you can even see it protuding from her knee. I know that we can get the screw removed, but what is the recovery time frame and what are the possible draw backs for taking it out?

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Nov 17, 2013
Remving screws after 17 yrs NEW
by: DP

Had a Tibia Plateau Fracture 17 years ago. 2 screw are loose, hanging outside of bone. Will have screws removed in one week. It has been recommended by the Dr. removing the screws that I will need a knee replacement. I'm hoping that their might be an alternative to a total knee replacement. Would appreciate any insight you guys may have. thank you DP

Nov 17, 2013
Remving screws after 17 yrs NEW
by: DP

Had a Tibia Plateau Fracture 17 years ago. 2 screw are loose, hanging outside of bone. Will have screws removed in one week. It has been recommended by the Dr. removing the screws that I will need a knee replacement. I'm hoping that their might be an alternative to a total knee replacement. Would appreciate any insight you guys may have. thank you DP

Nov 17, 2013
Remving screws after 17 yrs NEW
by: DP

Had a Tibia Plateau Fracture 17 years ago. 2 screw are loose, hanging outside of bone. Will have screws removed in one week. It has been recommended by the Dr. removing the screws that I will need a knee replacement. I'm hoping that their might be an alternative to a total knee replacement. Would appreciate any insight you guys may have. thank you DP

Nov 17, 2013
Remving screws after 17 yrs NEW
by: DP

Had a Tibia Plateau Fracture 17 years ago. 2 screw are loose, hanging outside of bone. Will have screws removed in one week. It has been recommended by the Dr. removing the screws that I will need a knee replacement. I'm hoping that their might be an alternative to a total knee replacement. Would appreciate any insight you guys may have. thank you DP

Oct 17, 2013
Response to JP NEW
by: EM

Also had the screw protruding issue 4 yrs post ACL reconstruction. I also opted for steroid shot, but called the dr back within a week to schedule removal surgery - the pain just didn't stop.

The 6 weeks on crutches is far longer than the 2 weeks my doctor estimated. I really only needed them for about a week. My ACL surgery was far more recent than yours, and I'm guessing your screw removal process may be more invasive. Good Luck, I hope the steroid shot helps relieve your pain.

Oct 16, 2013
Screw removal was a success for me NEW
by: Anonymous

Had screw removed and it made such a difference for the better. After intense rehab and then screw removal I can truly say my knee movement is back to normal with no pain or discomfort. Rehab was the key to my recovery. Lots of sweat and tears but it was so worth it. I'm 58 years old. I completely tore my ACL, partial tear of meniscus and fractured my tibia.

Oct 16, 2013
Screw removal was a success for me NEW
by: Anonymous

Had screw removed and it made such a difference for the better. After intense rehab and then screw removal I can truly say my knee movement is back to normal with no pain or discomfort. Rehab was the key to my recovery. Lots of sweat and tears but it was so worth it. I'm 58 years old. I completely tore my ACL, partial tear of meniscus and fractured my tibia.

Oct 16, 2013
Contemplating screw removal NEW
by: JP

Just gt home from the doc. Been in excruciating pain for 4 days from the 'screw site' of my ACL surgery 23 years ago (I'm 42). Gave me a steroid shot and said if its not better in a day or so I need to have the screw removed....as its protruding 5 mm. If I need surgery it'll be a quick 30 min procedure but I'll be on crutches for 6 weeks.....seems like he's being overly cautious. Anyone else been given similar information?

Fingers crossed the shot works for awhile.

Nov 11, 2012
Waiting for doctor´s appointment NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my ACL repaired in February 2012, with a donor graft. My knee has not got very well, I would say 50 percent - can walk alright though it keeps locking an clicking, I have only a little pain, and I have regained 100 percent strenght in my leg thanks to physio therapy. But, I can´t run and play sports yet.
A week ago I suddenly realised the screw below my knee cap is sticking out about a quarter inch! I have pain in the area and the skin looks red and scrached. I am now waiting for an appointment with an orthopedic suregeon - can´t see the Doctor who performed the surgery as we have moved to another country.
I am just so disappointed. My goal was to take my kids skiing this winter, and as my knee feels now that is totally out of the question. I am upset that my Doctor didn´t inform me about the risk with migrating screws. Good luck, everyone!

Nov 11, 2012
Waiting for doctor´s appointment NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my ACL repaired in February 2012, with a donor graft. My knee has not got very well, I would say 50 percent - can walk alright though it keeps locking an clicking, I have only a little pain, and I have regained 100 percent strenght in my leg thanks to physio therapy. But, I can´t run and play sports yet.
A week ago I suddenly realised the screw below my knee cap is sticking out about a quarter inch! I have pain in the area and the skin looks red and scrached. I am now waiting for an appointment with an orthopedic suregeon - can´t see the Doctor who performed the surgery as we have moved to another country.
I am just so disappointed. My goal was to take my kids skiing this winter, and as my knee feels now that is totally out of the question. I am upset that my Doctor didn´t inform me about the risk with migrating screws. Good luck, everyone!

Oct 03, 2012
I need some suggestions please... NEW
by: Anonymous

I had ACL reconstruction in 2003, it's now 2012 and the pain is almost unbearable. I've been reading everyones experiences and I just can't find anyone that seems to have had the same thing I did. I tore my ACL in half in a skiing accident and my surgeon didn't give me any options besides have the metal rod and screws put in. My knee has NEVER been 100% since the surgery, actually I don't believe it's even been 50%! I've gained weight because I can hardly do any kind of physical activity without it swelling up and becoming very painful. I can't kneel at all and it is constantly clicking and inflammed. It's been 9 years and I've heard so many differnet things from differnt people (nothing from a Dr. yet). I'm reading where all these people have screws taken out and it makes it alot better but what about the metal rod? I'm assuming it's there because I need it? How can the take it out and I have use of my knee without anything "holdign it together"? Please help?

Oct 03, 2012
I need some suggestions please... NEW
by: Anonymous

I had ACL reconstruction in 2003, it's now 2012 and the pain is almost unbearable. I've been reading everyones experiences and I just can't find anyone that seems to have had the same thing I did. I tore my ACL in half in a skiing accident and my surgeon didn't give me any options besides have the metal rod and screws put in. My knee has NEVER been 100% since the surgery, actually I don't believe it's even been 50%! I've gained weight because I can hardly do any kind of physical activity without it swelling up and becoming very painful. I can't kneel at all and it is constantly clicking and inflammed. It's been 9 years and I've heard so many differnet things from differnt people (nothing from a Dr. yet). I'm reading where all these people have screws taken out and it makes it alot better but what about the metal rod? I'm assuming it's there because I need it? How can the take it out and I have use of my knee without anything "holdign it together"? Please help?

Oct 29, 2011
staples and screw removel
by: tamara

in 05 i was a high school freshman at the peak of my game. varsity soccer and soft ball even played some football, i slid into first base at a tourny game and tour my acl completely, i just resently went to the er because i had horrid pain after i was in a car accident on the 6th of october, they said that the stapples have dislogged from the bone. so what am i looking forward to? as in surgery and recovery?
email me at tamrapresley@yahoo.com
thanks

Sep 13, 2011
ACL biocomposite screw removal
by: Anonymous

Had it done today. Feel good. Had an ACl reconstruction in November 2010. I knew almost from the beginning this screw was going to come out because it protruded and prevented me from going back to the activities that got me the reconstruction. So far so good - a little soreness, but nothing involving the joint, the worst part about it was full anesthesia.

Jul 19, 2011
I am glad I did
by: Anonymous

I was having extreme pain ever since my ACL reconstruction ( almost 3 years). I had pain, swelling, redness, and I limped alot. I had it removed about 1 1/2 months ago, and I am soooo happy. It is not 100%, but my knee pain improved 80-90%. It turned out the screww was broken inside my knee and the pieces were floating around. It was supposed to be dissolvable. If you do sports, I would allow a good month for your knee after the removal to be back to competition level.. I am so glad I got that screw out!!!Hope this helped.. BTW.. I used spinal anesthesia. It was a more complicated removal. I would not just use local.

Jul 19, 2011
Should i remove screw?
by: Anonymous

I'M 13, i had ACL surgery last June. I still experience pain in the area where i have the screw. I am a cheerleader and a swimmer so if i were to get the screw removed i would have a short window of time. Would anyone please tell me their opinion whether i should do it or not?

Jul 19, 2011
Should i remove screw?
by: Anonymous

I'M 13, i had ACL surgery last June. I still experience pain in the area where i have the screw. I am a cheerleader and a swimmer so if i were to get the screw removed i would have a short window of time. Would anyone please tell me their opinion whether i should do it or not?

Jun 06, 2011
Screw removed... pain gone!
by: Anonymous

Yeah! Had screw removed and no more pain in that area! Only 3 weeks post-op and already feel a positive difference. I also had a release and knee tilt correction so in a brace but otherwise extremely happy I decided to have the screw removed. I'm already at 102 degree knee flexion so recovery is going pretty well.

Everyone's recovery is different so best to speak with your surgeon about activity restriction expectations and return to sports before summer ends. Good luck...

Jun 06, 2011
ACL surgery in May 2009
by: Anonymous

I had surgery in May 2009 to repair a torn ACL and meniscus. Over the past six months, I've developed a knot where the screw is protruding. After reading the comments on this blog, I've contacted my doctor and have opted to have the hardware removed. Will this surgery impact normal summer activities (beach,swimming, biking, etc.)? Should I wait until the end of summer to schedule surgery?

May 14, 2011
Tibial screw removal
by: Diane

I had an ACL reconstruction Aug '09, and had a bump and soreness where the screw is ever since. I usually took Motrin and it was ok for a couple of weeks.Well about a week ago, the pain around the screw site was intense, I couldn't lift my foot off the ground because of this pain. It felt like my lower leg was extremely heavy. The area under my knee and tibial area swelled alot and the lump got much bigger. I went to the Ortho MD and it showed on x-ray that the screw has backed out and the tissues in my leg are very inflammed. I am scheduled for screw removal on the 24th of May. I am nervous of the procedure and recovery. I cannot be laid up long after this procedure. I am hoping that the doctor doesn't have trouble getting out the screw and my mobility and activity can finally be normal. My knee has never been near 100%. after ACL reconstruction.

May 08, 2011
Screw Removal
by: Anonymous

Going in next Monday for screw removal. After reading all of your input it's obvious now that everyone's experience is quite different. I was also told it would be an easy recovery but now I'm nervous. I'm set up for PT beginning 4 days post-op so hopefully they can do their magic and also provide exercises to get me going again!

Apr 26, 2011
screw bump
by: shnooshkin

Helpful to read everyone's posts and I am not so concerned about my screw poking out of my knee at this point. Had ACL hamstring graft reconstruction back in December 2005 and have had zero problems with 100% recovery from that surgery (advice to others is to do your rehab religiously, eat healthy and stay active as soon as you get the green light). In the past several months I have noticed a bump with a little soreness below my kneecap, on the medial side. Actually, it has come and gone several times but has been rather consistent lately. I believe the titanium screw is starting to make its way through my upper tibia. Not sure if I should contact my surgeon to have it removed since it is hardly noticeable in the pain dept. Any thoughts?

Mar 02, 2011
about to have surgery
by: benji

ok I torn my acl complete I want to know what is the procedure on surgery, do ineed screws and if yes are does remomove after?

Jan 06, 2011
removal of hardware
by: Anonymous

i was told by my Dr that removing the hardware (2 screws and plate) would be a piece of cake, he would remove it and slap a bandage on my knee and i would be good to go---- OMG , i had this done yesterday and i am in so much pain. I cant walk without crutches, i have had ice on my knee since coming home and taking pain meds. I thought i could go to work today by no way. I really feel like slapping that Dr that made it sound like it was no big deal. I go back to Dr on Monday (5 days later) I am hoping this pain goes away soon.

Jan 06, 2011
Motorcycle accident fractured patella
by: Chris ward

I had a bike spill 8/14/10, just a minor fracture in my patella and my bone was exposed. I was on crutches for two months, but could bare the pain once in a while without them. I would highly recommend to be as sedentary as possible and try not to have your hamstring bare the load or keep your knee brace past -10 with your extension too long or your leg will heal funny. My doc never told me that, had to find out the hard way. It isn't noticeable only at first when you are learning to walk on it again. Change your bandages as often as you can, I did twice a day. At first I had to have special medical bandages put on to help fight infection, bug your doctor about changing those every 3 days or it'll stick and hurt like hell when they change it out. Stay away from taking too many pills, I had the unfortunate period of withdrawals and glad I stopped taking them when I did(about a week and a half to two weeks out of surgery.) still got the screw in my knee, slight discomfort, but thank God I still have my leg!!

Dec 12, 2010
acl screw removal/timing
by: Anonymous

My son had acl replacement surg in 2007 and is a very active baseball player. training year round. We have the surg scheduled to have it removed Dec 22, is there a high riak for bone breakage post removal from femur and tibia? How soon for high impact activities again

Nov 18, 2010
Screw surgery in 2 weeks scared
by: Anonymous

10 years ago I had 2 growthplates removed from my right knee. I had this done because I had a leg difference in my legs. In the last year I was expercing alot of pain in my knee. I went to the doctor they said that I have to have the screws removed. The screws were what was causing part of the pain. I also tore my MCL. I am having my knee operated on in 2 weeks from today. They are removing my two screws and repairing my MCL. I am concern how long will I be on crutches. Also how much pain will have, and how mch will I be able o bend my knee.

Oct 28, 2010
acl staple and screw removal
by: jeff womack

I was nervous, but it was a cake walk. I had a nice size lump at the incesion and pain where the hardware must of been backing out on me. The doc said we should take out the staple and check the screw. It was exactly 1 year since the surgery. I was 45 minutes from shaving my leg to walking out of the hospital. I have zero pain and yet to feel any adverse effects. It has only been 6 hours, but it feels great.

I kept the hardware (staple, screw) I was awake for most of the procedure. No Problems for me.

Sep 15, 2010
Daughter needs screw removed
by: Anonymous

Will removing the screw increase the chance of retear of the graph or weaken the bone?

Sep 15, 2010
Daughther needs screw removed
by: Anonymous

My daughter,17, had ACL reconstruction on her left knee in March 2009 and ACL reconstruction on her right knee in April 2010. She has had a mass at the incistion site on her right knee. An x-ray in June showed that the screw was in place fine and the mass was just muscle and would eventually go down. However, it has gotten larger. She had another x-ray yesterday and the screw has backed out almost half way from the bone and there is some infection in the surrounding tissues. She was placed on antibodics and is scheduled to have it removed in 2 weeks. She has a very high pain threshold and is very active. She will have general anesthesia in one-day surgery. What is the usual recovery time?

Aug 04, 2010
Update
by: Mike

Update on my procedure from a few days ago - tibial screw removed, local anesthetic. After I removed the dressing everything looked and felt great although I did notice some swelling the following day which I iced down and took a couple doses of ibuprofen. I'm back to work, walking around without pain. I'm going to wait at least a week before I start running and biking just to make sure everything is totally healed up but all in all a good experience.

Aug 02, 2010
tibial screw removal
by: smelly

just an update really - i had a tibial screw removed on 9th july after being put in 1999!! i had a GA and 3 weeks on it was the best decision ever made....before i had incredible pains at the front of my knee and could not get my leg fully extended - well now i can!!
Post op was sore for 2 weeks but then i think the surgeon worked hard to get the screw out but now its feeling great and the 8 stitches are very neatly on top of my original scar!!
very pleased :) :)

Jul 31, 2010
ACL screw removed
by: Mike

Just had the tibia screw removed yesterday from an ACL reconstruction in 2008. This was a bioabsorbable screw that didn't fully absorb and was sticking out, causing a bump and some soreness. I had a local anesthetic and was able to walk off the operating table and drive home. The anesthetic wore off sometime during the night and I woke up in considerable pain, but a couple doses of vicodin took care of it. Now I have a little bit of pain - but bearable - and have not taken any more vicodin. I am able to walk around no problem. There is a padded dressing over the incision and an ace bandage wrap which I am instructed to remove tomorrow (48 hrs), after which I can shower and go about my business.

Jun 05, 2010
shattered patella,almost healed
by: Shea

I suffered a motorcycle accident 8-09. My right patella was shattered. My bone doc is the best in the region. head of orthapedics even @ Scott & White Hospital. After the initial surgery to piece the 8-10 peices of my knee cap together, I refractured the top of the patella by being over active, another surgery. then I enden up with a rather serious and nasty infection in it, even tho I was taking ever precaution, and landed back in the hospital with a pic line in my left arm for 6 weeks with infusions of antibiotics daily. Finally, this last wednesday, June 2nd, they went in and removed the screws,wire and other things that were holding it together. now the problem. he did a full incision, with staples & told me that the patella is still soft in areas and not totally healed. anyone have an idea on how long this takes to heal & how long I'll be on these crutches?I do have an appt in 2 weeks, but this is driving me bonkers. if anyone can help, I'd appreciate it so much!!! have a blessed weekend

May 07, 2010
11yr old screw from ACL to come out
by: Smelly

Hi - i had a patella tendon acl repair done in 99 and until a fall last nov have had no real problems ( other than kneeling directly on the front of my knee)
Now i am getting awful pains at the front of my knee and struggling to drive and lift my foot between the pedals. Following an xray on wednesday which clearly shows a 4mm protrusion of the screw i have been recommended to have the screw removed - i have no idea what the screw is made of or the likely recovery time - any advice pls???

Jan 07, 2010
Screw Removal
by: Jennifer

Hi there! I asked about having my screw removed from my knee with only a local anesthesia a while back (Aug. 17th, 2009) and I just wanted to let you know how that went. When I asked, the doctor told me if I really wanted to I could just have a local anesthesia and not have to be put under. He did it right there in the normal exam room. All they did was give me a shot in the knee to numb the area (the shot wasn't bad), and then I laid back and they got to work. He cut on the original surgery scar, but only cut about halfway down it and then with two twists of a wrench he had it out. It was very easy and while it was a little "uncomfortable" from feeling him twist, it didn't hurt. The only part that did hurt a little was when he was sewing me up and then only at the top of the skin. Later he asked me if I felt anything and when I told him I could feel the needle on the surface of my skin as he was sewing me, he said it was probably because they didn't put enough of the numbing medicine close to the surface of my skin. I was in and out in about 15 minutes. No crutches were needed and I think I took two doses of Motrin that day then I was done. It's a relief to have the screw out. Like I said though, the screw was bulging out almost as far as my kneecap and it wasn't giving me any problems so it was an easy extraction. Other people who have a deeper screw may require general anesthesia and more recovery. By the way, the doctor let my husband stay and watch... ;-) I've got pics, but I don't know how to post them.

Dec 29, 2009
Response for Victoria
by: Anonymous

I wish you the best. See my August 18, 2009 post. I suffered with the pain for approx. eight weeks with cruthes used for seven of those weeks. Perhaps the doctors need to have the procedure done on themselves to get a true idea of pain.

Hang in there. Six months after the knee screw removal, I have flexion of 120 degrees. In my case, this is what my doc had strived for and I am happy. (My good leg gets 134 degrees flexion.) Plus, I have no pain and no limp. I am back to exercising like a 43-year old pro. (smile)

Dec 29, 2009
this too shall pass
by: Sarah

Victoria- If you read my comment placed back in July I had the same experience with the exception that I could move and bend my knee I think because they sent me home with exercises to do which I did right away. I used lots of ice and did the exercises, staying down most of the rest of the time. It was a couple of weeks before it didn't hurt like crazy, but it was no pain at all after about six weeks. I did say that I wished I hadn't had it done because it wasn't at all as the Doc. described! Hang in there, the pain will subside gradually over the next couple of weeks.

Dec 29, 2009
I just got a screw removed from an ACL injury...extreme pain
by: Victoria

I tore my acl and mcl and had surgery about 6 Years ago. In the process a screw was placed just below my kneecap. I've been experience some discomfort in that knee recently. I would be playing sports and would get a sharp pain. When playing basketball I didn't have the sharp mobility I uses to have. I wondered if it was bc of the acl surgery i had 6 years ago. I took MRIs to my orthopedic and he told me everything was fine an if anything was causing me pain , it was probably that screw. He told me I didn't news it anymore and suggested I have it removed. I had plans to move for a new job right aroud the corner but since the doc assured me it was a quick "same day surgery" proceedure I agrees to it. He told me I would be walking the next day and back to playing sports a week after surgery. It's been a week now and I've never experiences this much pain in my life. Not only am I absolutely dependant on crutches , but I got a wheel chair and am not able to drive. I have to get a ride from a family member and stretch my leg out in the back. I can't bend it at all. Taking a shower is nearly impossile. Does anyone know what's going on? Do you have a aimiliar story ? What was your healing time? I'm taking vikadin but ita not very effective. Please give any input, I'm worries I won't be healed in time to move for my new job.

Nov 25, 2009
hardware / screw removal
by: S.H.S

This site has been informative I must say.
I had IM Nail surgery for a fractured subtrochanter /femur Feb 2008 then had the screw removed from my knee April 2008 as it was rubbing and causing quite the pain.
Had it removed during day surgery, was put under, and had great results, a little discomfort where the incision was but nothing like when I had the initial surgery done.
I would highly recommend it.
Going to see my surgeon again at 2 years post-op to see about having the IM Nail removed as I am quite uncomfortable and have a hard time with sleep positions other than side lying on the opposite leg... frustrating!
Doctor might just try removing screws that go up into my hip to hold nail in place, so we'll see!
Anyone know of anyone that has gone through having the IM Nail removed from the femur??
Curious if my pain / and severe tightness / limitations will ease up?
Would love some feed back.
Sue (Ontario, Canada)

Aug 18, 2009
Pain After Knee Screw Removal Op
by: Tmchris

For me, I was placed under general anes., and at 43 I woke up with much pain. I was in pain for approx. eight weeks (and I am in athletic shape), but I guess it all depends upon the individual.

I was given 5 mgs. of Percecept, but I decided to forego the pills after one week. (They did not prescribe enough anyway, and they were weak for me.)Now, however, I have between 110-115 degrees flexion. For me, this is good.

Good Luck, "J".

Aug 17, 2009
Ankle / Knee screw removal
by: Al C

Hi I suffered double compound fracture of the tib and fib 11 months ago quite low down near the ankle. Had an IM nail put in right down the middle of the tib from knee to ankle and 2 screws in the ankle and 2 in the knee holding it all together.
Progress has been excellent, I was totally off crutches after about 14/15 weeks. Jogging after 7 months. Jogging fast after 9 months. Breaking some old running records after 11 months. But before I can start sharp turns and sprint I need the screws out. Getting it done this Friday. I will report....

Aug 17, 2009
Pain after surgery
by: Teri

They did put my daughter under - but it ws only about a 15 minute operation and she woke up fairly fast.
She actually did not have much pain - but she does have a high pain threshold. They gave her a prescription for Tylenol 3 and she never took one! She took a couple of Mortins that day and the next and that was it!

Aug 17, 2009
ACL Screw Removal-Anesthesia
by: Jennifer Romero

I had ACL reconstruction surgery with my hamstring about 3 1/2 years ago. The titanium screw in the femur started backing out and has steadily been protruding more and more over the last six months. Now it sticks out farther than my knee cap. This has not caused me any pain or discomfort except for some rare soreness. This Thursday I'm scheduled to have it removed, only because it's almost all the way out of the bone and the Dr. doesn't want it loose and able to move around. (Yes, I know, everyone says we now have proof that I have a few "screws loose"!) My question is this: Can the doctor do a local anesthesia or do I need to be put under general anesthesia? He's willing to do it and so am I, but I'm more worried about the pain factor. Will I feel it a lot and be in a lot of pain or will it only be minor? Thanks for your comments.

Jul 02, 2009
ACL & MCL Screw removal
by: Sarah

I had my screws for an ACL Hamstring reconstruction and a MCL repair taken out a week ago (after 24 years- I am 46). I also had some cartilage behind my patella repaired. I have had so much more pain from the screw removal than I had ever imagined. I'm glad to hear that someone else finally was able to stand the pain 3 weeks later. Had I known it would be this painful I would NOT have had them removed!

Jun 28, 2009
recovery question
by: joanie

Hi,

I tore my ACL playing soccer mid April, had the surgery mid June. Hamstring graft. I thought therapy was going well until the PT attempted to push my flexion past the 103 that I could do independently. I have a significant tightness (knot) at the base of my quad that is preventing further flexion and causing pain. Any ideas? Suggestions?

Jun 28, 2009
Screw Removal at 43
by: Tmchris

After three weeks, I can now bend my knee, but there is still some pain at the site of the incision. My doctor has stated that the pain will eventually subside. My knee screw insertion was due to a broken femur suffered last year.

Jun 06, 2009
Surgery a success
by: Teri

Well my daughter had her screw removed in October 2008. It took about 15 minutes. She only had a little pain and did not need crutches. She was walking around fine by that evening. She only had to sit out from basketball until the stitches were out - about 2 weeks. Her knee feels much better and she is happy she had the screw removed.

Jun 05, 2009
Suffering After Knee Screw Removal
by: Tmchris

I had screws removed from my knee on Monday, June 1, 2009, and I am helpless without the crutches. I also have enormous swelling in the knee. It is extremely painful.

My doctor said that I should be able to bend my knee after surgery, but it does not bend. He also said that I would be able to return to the gym approx. four days after surgery. Hopefully, I will regain my range of motion and return to the gym.

Pray for me.

Sep 30, 2008
crutches
by: Bart - SII

You might need crutches after the surgery, but I would guess only for a few days at the most. It really is a very simple and straight forward procedure most of the time - they make a small incision, usually over the old scar, remove the screw, and suture the incision.

Talk to your doctor to make sure, but I would be surprised if you needed crutches for more than a couple days.

Bart

Sep 29, 2008
Question
by: Anonymous

Would there be a need for crutches after the surgery for having the screw removed? And if so, for how long?

Aug 06, 2008
2-4 weeks recovery
by: Bart - SII

Hardware removal after a hamstring graft ACL reconstruction is common. Many patients do not have problems, but it is not unheard of.

The removal is a straight forward surgery - they make a small incision, usually in the same spot as the old scar, and then remove the screw.

Most physicians will recommend rest for several days and then gradually increasing activities. I have had numerous patients with this procedure, and they have all done well and were back to activities in 2-3 weeks.

Bart

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