Question - Tibia - Fibula Hardware Removal

by David
(Los Angeles, CA)

I am a 42 yr old male in very good shape. 7 months ago I broke my tibia and fibula in a freak accident. I had 2 surgeries and currently have 2 rods and 9 screws in my left leg. The bones have healed but I am still experiencing a lot of swelling and discomfort which seem to be tied to periodic bouts of fever. I'm concerned I have a low grade infection.

My surgeon has recommended that I have the hardware removed asap since the x-rays show that the bones have healed.

I had a second opinion and that doctor said that he usually never takes out the hardware less than one year after the initial surgery unless there is no choice.

I'm not sure if the risk of removing the hardware less than one year is greater than leaving hardware in there that is potentially causing a low grade infection.

Any thoughts??


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asda NEW
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Basically the only worry I would have is that when the hardware is removed how long will it take until the weak spots heal (where the screws are)

Those holes are a great threat to the integrity of our legs and if a rebreak occurs we are in really bad shape.

if you can afford it i would get it taken out for sure.

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Aug 01, 2014
Tibia - Fibula Hardware Removal NEW
by: Anonymous

Like one of the responders suggested, get the necessary tests to rule out infection. I had all my hardware removed at 1 year but had heard of folks removing it sooner. I was recommended to not remove the hardware much 'later' than a year b/c the bones then become too dependent (for lack of a better word) on the hardware.

I remember every decision being so frightening, because of how traumatic this injury is (I had a trimalleolar). I'm 3 years out and ran about 7 miles yesterday and biked about 20 the day before (just to give you an idea that a normal, active life is in your future if you want it - I've been very active since about 15 months post-op #1. Looking back, it's a lot scarier when you're in the mix.

I suspect if you have the hardware removed now, that you simply have to take some extra precautions until the new holes are healed in your bones. Within a couple weeks of hardware removal, I was walking again. It may be just slightly longer for you given it's not quite a year.

While I didn't have an infection, I probably shared a lot of your same concerns. I wrote a blog about it. If it helps, please check it out: http://www.travelsandtripulations.com/2011/07/25/me-and-my-trimalleolar-a-life-changing-tripulation/

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Aug 01, 2014
Re: Tib Fib Hardware Removal NEW
by: Jason

David,
If the concern is for a low grade infection you need to be worked up for an infection with laboratory studies (ESR,CRP) and possibly other imaging studies. If those begin to point in the direction of infection then the best bet is to get it removed. Although it is ideal to wait 9-12mo before hardware removal it is not if there is an infection/suspicion of one....If those studies mentioned above do not point toward infection then you can wait and have it removed 12+ months from your surgery. I hope this helps.
Best Wishes

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Hello,

Just thought I'd stop by to make a positive comment to everyone
who is going to have plates removed or has already had them removed to hang in there. Most injuries get better with time!!! And most people who get them out feel much better afterword. It's been 4 years since I've had my plates taken out and it's not always been a walk in the park, but overall, I'm making out very well. AND I've seen continued improvements.

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Jul 07, 2014
Happy to say... NEW
by: Taryn

Hello,

Just thought I'd stop by to make a positive comment to everyone
who is going to have plates removed or has already had them removed to hang in there. Most injuries get better with time!!! And most people who get them out feel much better afterword. It's been 4 years since I've had my plates taken out and it's not always been a walk in the park, but overall, I'm making out very well. AND I've seen continued improvements.

I had a shattered ankle joint (pilon fracture) which called for 4 plates and 16 screws. I had them taken out 4 years ago and while I can't say that I'm always pain free, if I work with what I know, I fair pretty well--- Stretching, working out with weights, wearing good shoes (tennis shoes or 1.5 inch heels, have occasional deep tissue massages~and don't over do it.

I actually walked all over Disneyland yesterday and didn't require a wheel chair at the end of the day, lol. I happened to walk right on to most of the rides rather than standing idle for long periods of time. Another reminder to self that it's always better to be moving rather than standing or sitting for long periods of time. I had actually been to Disneyland 6 months ago during Christmas and It was horribly crowded (1 hour waits in line) which resulted in me limping out of the park at the end of the day

One other thing I learned on my journey is that working out with weights works (as much as I can take while not hurting myself) Stretching has also been good as has been the few deep tissue massage secessions I've had to the scar tissue.

A few cross fiber deep tissue secessions (one every 3-4 months) has helped. The results seem to last and actually provide some permanent relief and the scar has actually changed and flattened out a bit too providing slightly better ROM.

From the beginning my Dr and I agreed that the plates should come out and I've not regretted it a single minute.

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i want to testify of the good work done by a faithful DR PALOMA NEW
by: Jennifer


My name is Jennifer and i want to testify of the good work done by a faithful DR PALOMA, a spell caster. in my life i never thought there is such thing as spiritual intercession. my problem started 5 months back when the father of my kids started putting up some strange behavior, i never knew he was having an affair outside our matrimonial home. it dawn on me on that faithful day 4th of April 21st 4:23pm when he came to the house to pick his things that was when i knew that situation has gotten out of hand and he then told me he was quitting the marriage which i have built for over 6 years, i was confused and dumbfounded i called on family and friends but to no avail. two months after i started having problem with my kids welfare rent-age and all of it, i really went through ***. until a day i was browsing on the internet and i happen to meet DR PALOMA Email palomaspelltemple@yahoo.com i never believed on this but i needed my man back so i gave the spell caster my problem at first i never trusted him so i was just doing it but you know a problem shared is half solved after a 2das my husband called me telling me that he his coming back home and that was all. now we are living happily and i still do contact him on this email: palomaspelltemple@yahoo.com


May 08, 2014
Thanks to Dr EGOGO for saveing my marriage NEW
by: Cheney Kelvin

My name is cheney from uk. I never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once when i went to Africa in February this year on a business summit. I meant a man who’s name is DR.EGOGO he is really powerful and could help cast spells to bring back one’s gone, lost, misbehaving lover and magic money spell or spell for a good job or luck spell .I’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 3years. I really loved him, but his mother was against us and he had no good paying job. So when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him. At first i was undecided, skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. And in 7 days when i returned to Canada, my boyfriend (now husband) called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married. I didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do. Well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid, and my husband also got the new job and our lives became much better. His email is egogotemple@yahoo.com

Apr 22, 2014
ankle surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

sounds like me except it's my right ankle. I had all the hardware(plate 10 screws) taken out including two broken screws. I wanted all the broken parts removed as well. It's been 8 months and the ankle is very swollen must of the time. I'm told that the cartliage is gone and I should be thinking about a fusion. That means more hardware. I have metal in my back which worked out pretty good. I really don't want more hardware. Have the hardware removed and be sure to wear the boot and don't do anything crazy......good luck

Apr 22, 2014
ankle surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

sounds like me except it's my right ankle. I had all the hardware(plate 10 screws) taken out including two broken screws. I wanted all the broken parts removed as well. It's been 8 months and the ankle is very swollen must of the time. I'm told that the cartliage is gone and I should be thinking about a fusion. That means more hardware. I have metal in my back which worked out pretty good. I really don't want more hardware. Have the hardware removed and be sure to wear the boot and don't do anything crazy......good luck

Apr 22, 2014
Hello people on this forum or website NEW
by: Smith Dora

Hello people on this forum or website , Am just an over exerting person today for what this great man call DR ONIHA of onihaspiritualtemple@yahoo.com has just done in my marital life .and i will like you on this forum to help me in thanking he because for the past two years my husband has been cheating on me with a lady and this has course the family a lot of problems and our baby Evonne where the one perpetual taking the pain because at this time my husband don\'t normally come home to ask after the child or care to provide what the child needed so with all this problems i was not happy in my marriage and i started going for different kind of marriage cancelling and looking for solution every where not until this faithful day when i was browsing on the internet i saw a testimony shared by miss Lewis Cheney USA about this DR ONIHA and i as-lo contacted he for help and that was how he gave me some instructions and and i followed what ever he told me and i was surprise when he said to me go my child for all will be fine in 12 hours .and within the 12 hours i actually received a call from my husband who has not called me for some months now asking after the child and i . and that was how was the end of my marriage problems . so this is why i promise to testify to the whole world about this man DR ONIHA and if any is also depress with such problems contact he :onihaspiritualtemple@yahoo.com and you will also find success

Mar 21, 2014
A very big thanks to this great man NEW
by: Anonymous

My name is Mrs Rebecca from United state, I have to give this miraculous testimony, which is still unbelievable to me until now. I had a problem with my husband 5years ago, which lead to our break up. when he broke up with me, I was not my self again, i felt so empty inside me, my love and financial situation became worst, until a close friend of mine Joan told me about a spell caster who helped her in the same problem, his name is Dr.IYAMU. I email Dr. IYAMU the spell caster and i told him my problem and, i did what he asked of me, to cut the long story short. Before i knew what was happening my husband called me and told me that he was coming back to me in just 2days and i was so happy to have him back to me. We have two kids together and we are happy. Thanks to Dr. IYAMU for saving my relationship and for also saving others own too. continue your good work sir, If you are interested to contact him and testify this blessings like me, the great spell caster email address is (dr_iyamutemplespell@outlook.com) or call his mobile number +2349033302882 you are the best among all the spell caster online I hope you see my testimonies and also pray for my family too. God bless you.

Mar 18, 2014
Hardware removed NEW
by: Lynn

It's been almost a year now and I'm so glad the hardware is out! Recovery is so much better now. Almost completely healed. Started running again also.

Mar 18, 2014
Hardware removed NEW
by: Lynn

It's been almost a year now and I'm so glad the hardware is out! Recovery is so much better now. Almost completely healed. Started running again also.

Mar 17, 2014
Update...two years after hardware removal NEW
by: Gmama

I cannot believe it has been two years since a plate, six screws and two pins were removed from my ankle. I have since had my third child, and I am back to running after my kids. The ankle does swell a little from time to time, but, otherwise, there is no pain. I am thankful I had it removed a year after my accident. Good luck to all of you!

Mar 17, 2014
Hardware removal NEW
by: Jigme dadul

Hi,i had a tibia fracture two years ago.Had surgery done after which i had a metal plate and 8 screws to fix the shit up,recently i was having some pain especially if i am standing too long or just walking for half a mile or so.After a lot of contemplation i had my hardware removed 5 days ago.i felt no pain whatsoever after surgery(i was sedated during my surgery) and now though i am still recovering with the stitches still fresh but i feel really good about it..i did not use my crutches at all..once i m back on my feet i will workout on my knee and enjoy life...cheers

Jun 08, 2013
Had my screws removed NEW
by: Jason

Well, about 8 months ago I had a car wreck. I broke both ankles, right hip, right knee, left shoulder .. well it kinda goes on and on lol Anyway, about a month ago I went to see a different Doctor that was twice the age of the original surgeon thinking It was a good idea... My right ankle with the 2 screws (left distal tibia ankle fracture) and the Doc informed me that I had some broken pieces on the top of my foot and that the screws needed to come out... I figured he knew what he was talking about, and I allowed him to remove them. Then this morning I was walking down the stairs and heard a snap and a very bad paid. I could not put any weight at all on it. I went to the ER and guess what... Not only did I re break it in the same place... but I also broke it about 3 cm away also. It is broken all the way across now. They put a temp cast on it and I went home and called the original Doc. Anyway.. my point in all this is... I would not have hardware removed ever again. If they don't bug u just leave them!

May 18, 2013
Hardware Removed NEW
by: Lynn

I had my leg realigned last June 2012 and saw my doctor this past April, 10 months later. He said my bones were completely healed and I could have the hardware taken out anytime. I had it all out yesterday, May 17th. I had 7 screws and a plate. I had it out because it was causing irritation and some slight swelling almost a year later. Glad it's out. Now I'm wondering when I can start the bike to get stiffness and swelling down.

May 13, 2013
Cost Question NEW
by: Anonymous

No one can tell you the cost. Each hospital will charge differently. Even though you have poor insurance, you should still use it because they get discounted rates for in network physicians & hospitals. Make sure your hospital & physicians are all in network to get the best rates/prices.

May 13, 2013
Estimated cost of removing hardware from heels NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke both of my heels in an accident five years ago and now would like to have the plates and screws removed. They are uncomfortable and I was told several years ago that I would be a good candidate to have them removed. Does anyone know how much this procedure would cost? Due to my poor insurance plan I will end up paying for this procedure out of pocket.


May 13, 2013
Estimated cost of removing hardware from heels NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke both of my heels in an accident five years ago and now would like to have the plates and screws removed. They are uncomfortable and I was told several years ago that I would be a good candidate to have them removed. Does anyone know how much this procedure would cost? Due to my poor insurance plan I will end up paying for this procedure out of pocket.


May 13, 2013
Estimated cost of removing hardware from heels NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke both of my heels in an accident five years ago and now would like to have the plates and screws removed. They are uncomfortable and I was told several years ago that I would be a good candidate to have them removed. Does anyone know how much this procedure would cost? Due to my poor insurance plan I will end up paying for this procedure out of pocket.


Apr 28, 2013
Follow up original post of 11/1/12 NEW
by: ME

Well, here I am 1 yr post as of 4/8/13 from a motorcycle accident that caused a six inch spiral fracture to my right tibia and fracture of my rt fibula. I am now weaned off my cane as of March and walk with a noticeable limp. One of the screws in my knee has been protruding since nine wks post-op and is scheduled to be removed the end of June. The rod appears to be intact and in good shape. The screws in my ankle aren't so much painful, like my knee, but annoying none the less. I can "Feel" them but they need to stay in to keep the rod stable, per Ortho. I was prescribed a bone growth stimulator in February to help with healing due to there was still a big ole crack in the plural fracture. The BGS is painless, however, as it stimulates bone growth, so too does it stimulate the muscles. I get bad muscle spasms using it thirty minutes a night.
From what I can tell by all your stories, getting the painfull screw removed may be the answer to my dream to be pain free...I can live with the aches and swelling of my ankle. I do still get pain at the fracture ite, at the shin, and have a large bump where the bone has healed itself. All in all this is quite a journey. To those just starting it, trust me when I say it will get better. I was in a wheelchair and out of work for six months..and today I proudly walk like a zombie/limp. I earned it! I'll update after the hardware removal. Thanks to all for sharing your tales...it truly does help.

Apr 28, 2013
TESTED AND TRUSTED NEW
by: SUSAN

Hello everyone my name is Susan from UK i never ever believed in spell until i meet a man called Dr eduka who help me cast a spell that bring back my ex-lover who left me for six months, His spells works beyond my imaginations and today i am happily married with two kids and me and my [ex-lover] now husband are very happy more than ever before,what more can i say rather than to say thank you Dr eduka for been there for me,contact him today and your life will never remain the same. His email is edukaspelltemple@gmail.com

Apr 18, 2013
thank you for the spell
by: sandy

Dr. Ekaka , thank you for what you have done for me concerning George and to his no good wife, he seems to be allot more attentive towards me now through your efforts. He says that his wife Samantha is very suspicious of him now and wants to separate from him as you said it would happen in the spell. Samantha is giving him a very hard time now and a divorce with them is eminent as i have heard it from a reliable source. We see each other three times a week or better when he can get out to be alone which is getting to be more and more these days and he emails are more often as well . I again am very grateful for all your help with this problem and just wanted to say Thank You again Dr. Ekaka ekakaspelltemple@yahoo.com especially for your great communication with me. Please everyone believe me these spells really do work and Ekaka would be worth your time to speak to

Apr 09, 2013
hardware removal
by: Caroline

Thank you for sharing. When the hardware was installed it was made of titanium and my OS says it was the best available at the time but now it is all stainless steel and the tools that they use to remove the hardware strip the heads on the titanium screws so they have to drill them out. Ick. I also had percocet and oxycotin (not at the same time) and withdrawl was horrible. I am relieved that by all accounts my OS is one of the best, it is Dr Brad Petrisor Hamilton General Hospital in Ontario. Fantastic man, patient great bedside manner explains everything and is very reassuring. Crazy waiting time for an appt though I was fortunate to get in to see him right away.

Apr 09, 2013
screw removal
by: 57chevymike

yes after removing the screws your bone has holes and yes you need to be careful. it's not a big deal. make sure they remove every part of the hardware. two of my screws were broken and they had to dig the broken parts out. I felt that the broken part could cause problems later down the line. As for the Med's they had me hooked on percaset and I quit cold turkey. I only take one advil per day. I'm sure you are going to be alright just do as the doctor explains. I was walking the day of the hardware removal. I used the walking boot for 2 weeks. I had 10 screws and a plate removed from my right ankle area after approx. 2 years. Good luck i'll pray for you

Apr 08, 2013
Fractured tib/fib
by: Caroline

7 1/2 years ago I broke my tib/fib in a freak fall off a ladder. I have a plate on my shin and a total of 12 screws, there is a screw just below the knee that was always visible under the skin and about 2 months ago for no reason the skin opened exposing the hardware. The OS says the hardware is now contaminated and must be removed. At the time of the original fractures I developed a nasty infection that finally took a PIKK line to beat when I originally was operated on I was in the hospital for a month. I am a little worried about the removal the OS says I should use crutches for the first while as removing the screws leaves the bone weaker. I am also terrified of addiction to pain meds...so I find all of your comments so interesting.

Apr 04, 2013
follow-up
by: Anonymous57chevymike

this is a follow up as to hardware removal on my right ankle. My anlke is still swollen and i have ankle pain. i'm not taking any med's i can walk longer but still not very good. the swelling is the real problem. i'm told that the vains that return the blood to my heart were damaged and need to be rebuilt. i guess vains will reproduce in time. i'm walking so life is good. i'll post again as things progress.

Apr 03, 2013
17 yr old with plates,screws and rod
by: Lynn

My daughter was struck by a car 4 years ago. she had open fractures on left leg from the knee to her ankle, she has 2 plates and 26 screws and pins in left leg and titanium rod from hip to knee in right leg. she had x fix on left leg for 3 months and now having severe pain in that ankle. Dr. is leaning towards saphenous vein removal and possibly all hardware removed in left leg. She is so scared and in so much pain that she can hardly walk, I hope she gets relief soon. No medicines are helping now.I wondered how the recovery will be? She says the pain is as if she is being shocked in the ankle constantly, she cant wear anything that touches her ankle and hasnt been able to walk without a limp in months. Im happy I found this site, I didnt realize how many people are going through this. Just hurts my heart so much to see her in pain. Hopefully surgery next week. She graduates next month and had to be home schooled this year since she cant walk very well now.Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories, it helps to read this.

Feb 04, 2013
mr
by: eddy

hi,,
i was in a freak accident in 2011/09/11 i suffered compound fratures of tibia & fibula bone on both legs.doctors put external hardware five pins 2bars holding the tibia&fibula in place on the left leg,,amputation on the left leg the tibia and fibula was pretty damaged beyond repairs,,two days later my doctor put a piece of wire on my left ankle to stabilize the ankle.after 4months removed external hardware and put me on cast for 3months.bone fusion only happen after 7month.i still have a wire on my ankle it does not bother me.i still get stiffness and mild pain on my ankle when walking around and standing long periods 15months afte after my accident.my doctor told me that i have ankle ostheothritis becsuse the fracture was too close to the ankle,,he advise to remove the wire on my ankle if its bothering me. yu email me on edward.molato@nokiamail.com i will be glad to share the story of mt journey after the car accidenr

Jan 24, 2013
Hardware removal and Non Union fracture
by: Julie

Just had 3 screws removed but still have the IM rod.....after 10 months since my ice hockey accident, I now have a non union fracture! Anyone else have this? Doctor recommends a Re-Nail! ugh! A bigger rod and 3 more screws with different holes....any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Jan 15, 2013
Plateau Tibia hardware removal
by: Brett

Had a plateau tibia fracture in June 2008 from playing soccer (not my sport). Took a plate and seven screws to repair plus a good year to feel normal again. Hardware was always uncomfortable and one if the screws was a bit long causing sharp pains on side and back of leg. Had hardware removed 1/08/13 and was able to put full weight the day of surgery. Get to take wrap off today 1/15/2013 and shower (Yee haw!). I have less pain than before the surgery and have been walking normally since the second day. My OS recommended I use cruched for a few weeks just because the seven holes in my leg make the bone weaker but with no pain I have not used them. For me this surgery was awesome, I will post if I have any problems but for now all is good.

Jan 14, 2013
rods/pins in leg 18 yrs
by: Anonymous

I have a metal plate and several screws holding my the outside bone of my right leg in place starting at my rt ankle and extending up. I also have a pin starting at the ankle going across both bones in my leg. The inside bone has a portion of the bone missing due to crumbling from the accident.

I have never had any serious problems with these metal parts. However, recently I have begun to feel and to hear the bones move in the upper part of my leg below the knee when I walk.

I wonder if I should not walk for exercise as I've enjoyed doing for many years. I walk nearly 2 miles a day. I'm 831/2 yrs. old.


Jan 04, 2013
follow up hardware removal tib/fib fracture
by: 57chevymike

it's been almost 3 weeks after the removal of 6 screws and plate located on my right upper ankle area. well the surgery went well removed all hardware. i requested that all hardware broken parts included be removed. the x-ray showed one broken screw which turned out to be two broken screws. all broken parts removed. last week i had the staples removed. the hardware pain is gone. i still have ankle pain and swelling but the swelling is alot less in the morning. still sitting alot and today is the first day i'm not going to wear the walking boot. hate that thing. another good thing is i'm on no pain med's. as advised i do take one adult aspirn per day for blood clot's. removal of hardware was a good/positive thing for me will follow up in wks

Jan 03, 2013
Fracture Tib Fib & Heel
by: Sharron

In August 2010 I fell down a step and fractured my right tibia, fibula and heel. I have a plate with ten screws on the ankle and three pins on the interior ankle. The ankle has given me constant discomfort for over two years. I feel every step and movement. It feels like the pins are pinching and there is pressure around the ankle. Specialists would not remove the plate and screws but on January 11, 2013 a Specialist has agreed to remove the three pins to try to give me some relief. I really didn't realize how serious an ankle fracture could be. I now have sympathy for anyone who fractures any leg. By the way medication didn't help with me. Side effects were worse than the initial problem!!

Dec 16, 2012
Raechel
by: Kenda

Thank you for sharing, Raechel. I know it's tough, and there's still a lot of healing ahead of you, but this journey will feel SO much easier one year out from your accident. Having the metal removed changed my life dramatically. I now feel almost as normal as I did before my accident (Trimalleolar fracture - one plate 8 screws - July 2011 - three surgeries last one was July 2012).

While I still have some minor stiffness on the fracture areas and still some minor swelling, I have entire days pass me by in which I don't think about my ankle. I had moments during my healing that I never thought I'd get to this place. It does come. Practice healthy eating. Listen to and trust your body's ability to heal. Actively participate in PT. Surround yourself with positive thinkers. Avoid the very negative commentary one easily finds online. Keep your sense of humor and stay strong.

Cheers to you and your healing.


Dec 16, 2012
Car Wreck
by: Raechel

I was in a car wreck in April 2012. I now have 1 plate and 8 screws in my right foot, a rod and 4 screws in my right tibia, and 5 plates and around 35 screws in my right arm. Tons and tons of metal. I am going to have most of it removed in 2 or more different surgeries. This being said, it's been one hell of a trip. Between spending 20 days in the hospital, rehab, and now working myself back into and "normal" lifestyle it's been terribly hard to accept the reality of my new normal. I was an active person and now I'm stuck with a slow walk that may or may not get better with time. I said it jokingly in the hospital but it becomes more of a reality everyday "if they can't fix it, I can also have them cut it off" I hope all of you are healing and feel the support of those around you. These things are hard, but we can all see where we are each lucky in our own ways.

Dec 13, 2012
hardware removal
by: 57chevymike

12-18-2012 is the day after approx 2 years i'm having one plate 6 screws removed from my right ankle area i had 4 screws removed 6 months ago and did have some relief. i have one broken screw. broke my trb and fib compound fracture and have had pain right along with swelling. i'm 62 now and in great shape except for the right leg ankle. i also gained 25lbs which is not good can't really excerise or walk very far hoping for the best take it out. i will do a follow-up after surgery. damm ladders................

Dec 13, 2012
Update: Ankle fracture 2 1/2 years ago
by: Amelie

I have had the metal removed 6 months ago and I'm very happy about that, but I must say that it hasn't completely erased the sensitivity around that area, the doctor says that I have grown extra bone where the screws were! it may reduce with time...
The front of my foot feels still numb and I get sharp waves of pain (like electricity) from time to time.
The other side of my ankle where the ligament snapped is still painful after walking for more than 20 minutes or doing sport.
Doctor said I have to accept the situation, the outcome could have been worse...
He has still sent me for physio but I have lost hope that anything could improve.
(I'm 49 years old)

Dec 13, 2012
Fracture of leg and insertion of rod
by: Anonymous

In March,2005,due to fatal accident,fractured my right leg (tibia fibula),a rod with screws inserted.After operation I developed severe Fat Embolism and went to coma,was in ICU for 8 days,now I am OK,I am now 62yrs and have developed fear psychosis and not willing to remove the rod with a fear of any problem.Please advise me and suggest the best orthopedic surgeon to contact.

Dec 11, 2012
Plate and Screws Removed!
by: Kerbouchard

About 15 months ago I had a plate and 6 screws insirted in my fibula.

They weren't bothering me at all, in fact, I am a volleyball player and there is always a lot of impact in the ankle area. Still, I decided to get them removed. Some people said that they leave theirs in for live, but I just liked the idea of getting them out now that I am in shape and young (27). It is worse to wait for complications later. Another thing I had to take advantage of is that I am in Canada, and there are no hospital fees here .... everything was free!!!

So yeah, I was in and out of the hospital yesterday, and now I am HARDWARE FREE!

Dec 11, 2012
Severe pain 2 month after medial humerus bone cyst excision.
by: Abuzahra

I have had a plate in my arm with five screws, after bone cyst excision out of medial humerus, it goes well with out pain for three weeks after surgery, then i feel a severe pain for five days then no pain for two month then more pain again,,,

So what causes my pain ?? why it appears after it leaves??
Should I Have My Plate and Screws Removed?
my physician prescribed me ( ibuprofen 600 mg per day & myogesic 2tabs daily) & said its normal & nothing to worry about the pain will leaves after awhile ,,,
now the pain get more worse despite taking the medication daily, then fight pain by injecting painkillers ( Declofenac Sodium 75 mg twice daily)...

Please any help??

Nov 28, 2012
fracture in tibia and fibula
by: hafeez

my new got accident

Nov 23, 2012
Hardware removal update
by: Gmama

I posted back in March the day after all the hardware (12 screws, plates) were removed. I was feeling estastic at the idea of living pain-free again. Now, 8 months later, I am happy to say that my wish came true. There are several days that pass where I forget that it even happened. I did wear high heels for a wedding I was in back in March, and my ankle seemed quite upset the next day. This has been the only incident. I highly recommend hardware removal as soon as your doctor says you can. It seems like there is an increase of complications if it is left in too long. Good luck to you on your road towards healing. It will get better.

Nov 23, 2012
For Help New
by: Anonymous

For the person who posted under Help new... I am 50 yr old female in great shape & fractured my right leg in 3 spiral fractures 12 yrs ago also crushed my knee. They put a plate & 11 screws in my leg & rebuilt my knee. Was in pain for 12 yrs also developed a herniated muscle. Oct 25, 2012 the OS took out the plate & screws & had to cut out the herniated muscle due to being dead muscle at this point. I have been pain free since Oct 25 & was on crutches for 4 weeks to avoid fracturing my fib-Tib due to removal of hardware. I have been off crutches for 3 days & I'm walking fine no problems. As most everyone on this site has indicated, if you are in pain & can get the hardware out, do it! I am extremely happy so far! They used my same incision & closed with a plastic surgery close vs the staple close like they did 12 yrs ago. The incision looks great! Extremely pleased!!!

Nov 23, 2012
Help!
by: Aruj

My father had an accident 12 years back and he got his right leg fractured. It was a compound fracture. DOctors inserted a plate (hardware). Everything went good but 6 years back, he started developing swelling in his leg, ultrasounds show the accumulation of inflammatory fluid as the possible reason! Medicines are even not helping. Orthopedics ae of the view that taking the hardware out will result in the fracture again!
your views plz!

Nov 13, 2012
Where are replies?
by: Kenda

Hello there,

As far as I know, the replies are found within this thread. Hope that helps?

Nov 13, 2012
broken tib/fib
by: Anonymous

compound fracture tib/fib 2yrs ago i had 10 screws and a plate after 1 yr 4 screws were removed. i did feel better but still lots of pain a swelling. changed doc due to lack of interest. it's been 2 yrs and in 4 weeks having everything removed including the plate 6 screws one broken. i still have lots of pain/swelling for the last yr i've been having opposite leg pain sicica pain nobody can fiqure it out mri's emg's 10 months ago they fused my lower back thinking that was the problem i don't have any back pain just leg pain my right ankle pain is bad but nothing like the other leg sicica pain anyway hoping for the best with the upcoming right ankle surgery in 4 weeks need some relief.very active person in good health otherwise

Nov 06, 2012
Where are replies
by: Anonymous

How do I read the replies please?

Nov 06, 2012
Where are replies
by: Anonymous

How do I read the replies please?

Nov 06, 2012
Where are replies
by: Anonymous

How do I read the replies please?

Nov 01, 2012
Spiral Tib/fib with hardware
by: Me

Am I happy I found this forum. I was a passenger on a motorcycle on Easter Sunday 4/6/12. When we crashed into the median I put my right foot "down" automatically, driving it into the ground. The only thing to give was my right tibia and fibula. I had a 6xinch spiral fracture to my tibia. I now have an intramural tibial nail with two screws and a plate at the top just below my knee cap and two more screws and a plate at the bottom at my inside ankle. I must say, PT was horrible. I was out of work for 6xmonths, just returning October 3, 2012. I am still on a cane and still pretty shaky on less than smooth surface. Going up stairs is ok with help from a banister; going down is impossible unless it's one step at a time. My problem today is two fold: one of the screws at the top is pressing out through my skin. Not so much painfull as extremely sensitve ! My other more painful issue is the hardware at my ankle. When I take a step, more than occasionaly I will have a shooting pain right out my heal. It takes my breath away. One other minor issue is that where the bones splintered, one side is healing in a lump protruding through my shin, again, most sensitive. I am wondering if with healing and shifting, these sharp pains in my ankle are normal healing pains that morph with time ? No sense running back to the ortho if they are just going to tell me.... "it will take time...". Yes, it will. I have learned a lottt of patience with this injury. God speed to all of you healing from similar injury.

Oct 29, 2012
Tib & fib
by: Maddie

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has any advice, I broke my ankle in 2 places back in August this year one was a zig zig fracture down the entire tibula and one I snapped off the end of the fibula. I went in for surgery and they fitted a plate with 6 screws and then the other side they fixed the bone with one long screw!

3 months down the line I'm having physio and now have 75% movement in my ankle so I'm making good progress, however sometimes when I'm walking I experience an excruciating pain which comes on suddenly and when it does it takes my breath away, also the area around my scars is like playdough if you push it in it stays like it? Is this normal?

I have read on a lot of pages that people seem to suffer with swelling months after, this I'm used to now but it's the pain and playdough type skin that I'm more concerned about.

I would be grateful for any responses.

Oct 16, 2012

by: Anonymous

I am a 19 year old female, My Junior year of high school on April 23, 2012 I had surgery on the tibia - fibula. I had a plate and 9 screws. Can you say painful. The bad part about it, my leg was broken 4 times before my doctors did surgery. After i had the surgery, On July 13 I had an xray done and my plate was removed. That was not the smart thing to do. Today Im still having problems with my leg. Im still having swelloing to occur and the pain is still painful. I dont know the reason my plate was removed because I know for a fact my leg was not healed and still is not healed now. im scared to go back to the same doctor because im scared to have a repeat of the same thing. This is my senior year, Im trying to help my team get to state. So what im going to do is deal with the pain and suffering.

Oct 16, 2012

by: Anonymous

I am a 19 year old female, My Junior year of high school on April 23, 2012 I had surgery on the tibia - fibula. I had a plate and 9 screws. Can you say painful. The bad part about it, my leg was broken 4 times before my doctors did surgery. After i had the surgery, On July 13 I had an xray done and my plate was removed. That was not the smart thing to do. Today Im still having problems with my leg. Im still having swelloing to occur and the pain is still painful. I dont know the reason my plate was removed because I know for a fact my leg was not healed and still is not healed now. im scared to go back to the same doctor because im scared to have a repeat of the same thing. This is my senior year, Im trying to help my team get to state. So what im going to do is deal with the pain and suffering.

Oct 16, 2012

by: Anonymous

I am a 19 year old female, My Junior year of high school on April 23, 2012 I had surgery on the tibia - fibula. I had a plate and 9 screws. Can you say painful. The bad part about it, my leg was broken 4 times before my doctors did surgery. After i had the surgery, On July 13 I had an xray done and my plate was removed. That was not the smart thing to do. Today Im still having problems with my leg. Im still having swelloing to occur and the pain is still painful. I dont know the reason my plate was removed because I know for a fact my leg was not healed and still is not healed now. im scared to go back to the same doctor because im scared to have a repeat of the same thing. This is my senior year, Im trying to help my team get to state. So what im going to do is deal with the pain and suffering.

Oct 16, 2012

by: Anonymous

I am a 19 year old female, My Junior year of high school on April 23, 2012 I had surgery on the tibia - fibula. I had a plate and 9 screws. Can you say painful. The bad part about it, my leg was broken 4 times before my doctors did surgery. After i had the surgery, On July 13 I had an xray done and my plate was removed. That was not the smart thing to do. Today Im still having problems with my leg. Im still having swelloing to occur and the pain is still painful. I dont know the reason my plate was removed because I know for a fact my leg was not healed and still is not healed now. im scared to go back to the same doctor because im scared to have a repeat of the same thing. This is my senior year, Im trying to help my team get to state. So what im going to do is deal with the pain and suffering.

Oct 16, 2012
Popping pain
by: TedJones

Hey everyone just thought I would see if anyone has some insight on my situation... It's going on three weeks since my incident, I originally worked first shift where everything was about safety then got moved to third where (in my situation) your suppose to lay down a large board on top of the elevated platform but I kept getting yelled at for it because it was wasting time so I stopped. Well I was on the elevated platform lost my balance, my leg got caught in between two rollers and stayed there while the rest of my body fell to the right. At the hospital they told me my tibia and fibula broken and twisted. My super "visited" me at the hospital making me sign forms and kept insisting it was my fault. I get a cast put on for two weeks to find out I need to get a rod put in, then during the night I fell in my kitchen passing out momentarily from the pain of a chair falling on it. The next day find out I can't have the surgery because I was sick and to top it off my super left me a voicemail telling me I'm terminated from my job because of the accident. Now a few days from surgery I was rushed to the hospital because I would move my foot or toes(in the cast) and it would cause a popping feeling where my leg broke almost like it was hitting a muscle. I have a pretty decently high pain tolerance but this left me shaking in pain. Dr did xrays and gave me better pain pills and sent me on my way. Has anyone ever had that kind of pain? I'm a bit worried about it but they said X-rays don't show anything out of the ordinary.

Oct 16, 2012
Popping pain
by: TedJones

Hey everyone just thought I would see if anyone has some insight on my situation... It's going on three weeks since my incident, I originally worked first shift where everything was about safety then got moved to third where (in my situation) your suppose to lay down a large board on top of the elevated platform but I kept getting yelled at for it because it was wasting time so I stopped. Well I was on the elevated platform lost my balance, my leg got caught in between two rollers and stayed there while the rest of my body fell to the right. At the hospital they told me my tibia and fibula broken and twisted. My super "visited" me at the hospital making me sign forms and kept insisting it was my fault. I get a cast put on for two weeks to find out I need to get a rod put in, then during the night I fell in my kitchen passing out momentarily from the pain of a chair falling on it. The next day find out I can't have the surgery because I was sick and to top it off my super left me a voicemail telling me I'm terminated from my job because of the accident. Now a few days from surgery I was rushed to the hospital because I would move my foot or toes(in the cast) and it would cause a popping feeling where my leg broke almost like it was hitting a muscle. I have a pretty decently high pain tolerance but this left me shaking in pain. Dr did xrays and gave me better pain pills and sent me on my way. Has anyone ever had that kind of pain? I'm a bit worried about it but they said X-rays don't show anything out of the ordinary.

Oct 16, 2012
Popping pain
by: TedJones

Hey everyone just thought I would see if anyone has some insight on my situation... It's going on three weeks since my incident, I originally worked first shift where everything was about safety then got moved to third where (in my situation) your suppose to lay down a large board on top of the elevated platform but I kept getting yelled at for it because it was wasting time so I stopped. Well I was on the elevated platform lost my balance, my leg got caught in between two rollers and stayed there while the rest of my body fell to the right. At the hospital they told me my tibia and fibula broken and twisted. My super "visited" me at the hospital making me sign forms and kept insisting it was my fault. I get a cast put on for two weeks to find out I need to get a rod put in, then during the night I fell in my kitchen passing out momentarily from the pain of a chair falling on it. The next day find out I can't have the surgery because I was sick and to top it off my super left me a voicemail telling me I'm terminated from my job because of the accident. Now a few days from surgery I was rushed to the hospital because I would move my foot or toes(in the cast) and it would cause a popping feeling where my leg broke almost like it was hitting a muscle. I have a pretty decently high pain tolerance but this left me shaking in pain. Dr did xrays and gave me better pain pills and sent me on my way. Has anyone ever had that kind of pain? I'm a bit worried about it but they said X-rays don't show anything out of the ordinary.

Oct 15, 2012
tib fib
by: Anonymous

when i was sixteen i had bone cyst between my tib and fib, which had caused the outer bone to bow. Nerves were being pulled and it was painful. I had surgery where they broke both bones and took an inch of bone out to realign. Two plates and 13 screws were installed. This had caused problems with ankle mobility so two years later had them taken out.

Oct 12, 2012
not healing
by: Anonymous

13 weeks ago i broke my tib n fib and my ankle, which my bone came thro. I had a plate n four screws in. Been told a bone isnt healin as they like, so there going to remove one screw to promote healin, im not sure how it helps it heal.

Oct 10, 2012
Removal of hardware in 2 weeks
by: Anonymous

I get my plate & 10 screws out in 2 weeks. I have had the hardware in for 13 years. No burning that several of you have mentioned. Just pain like someone sticking a knife in my leg for 13 years. Can't wait. I love reading what everyone has posted.

Oct 10, 2012
Re: Tif Fib fracture - burning sensation 4 weeks post NEW by: Gary
by: Kenda Swartz Pepper

Hey Gary,

I had a Trimalleolar Fracture July 3, 2011. ORIF surgery July 13. No cast but lots of metal. I had a definite burning sensation. It felt more like electricity in my foot. I was told that this "sensation" (which kept me up many a night) was a result of my nerves repairing themselves and coming back to life. Eventually, I learned to embrace it and it certainly subsided over time.

It's truly a one day at a time situation given what you're dealing with. I can tell you that within 4-5 weeks post op I began paying close attention to the improvements (very very small improvements) each day, and also with each more substantial improvement came a new sensation (sometimes in the form of a new discomfort or pain), thus a new worry. As each one dissipated something new came up. You may notice a pattern like that yourself.

By 16 weeks I had my second surgery to remove a syndesmosis screw and was walking shortly after that. Jogging (lightly) by 20 weeks.

I had all the metal removed July 2012, and I feel quite good and the ankle is doing everything it's supposed to do. While it still stiffens up a bit sometimes, I have most days in which I forget the whole thing even happened. The relief will come. Listen to your doctors, be diligent with PT, be gentle with yourself, eat foods that are high in Calcium (almonds, broccoli, kale are my faves), high in Vitamin K (avocados!), high in Boron (apples), take a Vitamin D supplement (or get some sun each day), stay away from highly acidic foods, elevate, ice, be patient, avoid reading depressing accounts online, keep your mind occupied with constructive things, receive help from others, focus on the best outcome you want for yourself and believe me, the time will pass. You will recover. It may seem like each day is an eternity, but it really does pass. And I do believe I am a better and stronger person for it. What I once thought was pain (like a headache) has almost no impact on me at all.

You will see the other side of this. Hang in there.

Cheers to you.

Oct 10, 2012
Tif Fib fracture - burning sensation ...
by: Anonymous

Hello Gary,

7.5 months ago I had a freak accident, resulting in a plate and 13 screws fixated into my lower right tibia.

During this journey, nothing was ever explained to me.

So, if I am able to share any of my experiences realistically to help, I am keen.

I do remember a burning sensation at the bottom of my foot, especially the heal, where you want to kick the cast off or go mad in your room. I found a little relief using the old fashioned 'knitting needle' in my case a 'kebab stick', just to put a little breathing space between my foot and the cast (being careful not to let it break or get stuck).

Also, not being someone who is comfortable with medications, I was terrified to take pain killers for a longish time, but I quickly learned that it made life more bearable. Today, I am completely pain killer free once again.

Breathe and be kind to yourself. Trust me, you cannot macho or command this life experience to move faster (and neither can your care-givers, they can never know what you are going through so don't try too hard to please).

Oct 10, 2012
Tif Fib fracture - burning sensation 4 weeks post
by: Gary

Hell I was amazed to find this post. It's helpful to have others to provide support and be supported. I have two plates 10 screws tib fib. Can anyone comment during recovery if you had burning sensations come on strong on bottom of foot and toes? I'm 4 weeks in and last night it was bad. Thanks so much. G

Oct 07, 2012
radius and ulna
by: Anonymous

i am a 25 year old male, i broke my left radius and ulna in a basketball accident 9 years ago,the surgeon put a metal plate to align the broken bones.until now the metal plate is still in my arm..does it have any harmful side effects? or is it still possible to remove them?

Oct 07, 2012
radius and ulna
by: Anonymous

i am a 25 year old male, i broke my left radius and ulna in a basketball accident 9 years ago,the surgeon put a metal plate to align the broken bones.until now the metal plate is still in my arm..does it have any harmful side effects? or is it still possible to remove them?

Oct 06, 2012
Spiral Fibula Fracture Just Removed Hardware
by: Jackson WY

Hi All - I have read this site regularly over the last 2 years as I have dealt with my injury. 2/19/11 I experienced a Weber B Spiral Fracture of the Fibula. I tried to heal without surgery and it did not heal. June 28, 2011 I had a 6 inch metal plate and 6 screws placed. The bone did NOT heal completely until Jan. 2012 when I was finally cleared for all activity.

Fast forward... I trained all summer and completed my first Ironman on Sept 9, 2012. This whole time my leg got strong and I felt great but always had mild pain in the leg, plus an altered running gait probably resulting from the mild pain. I put the pain on a 1-2 on the pain scale. The screws stuck out and I could feel them externally and when ever I crossed my legs!

After the race and during some easy recovery runs I noticed my body felt great EXCEPT for the leg which seemed to be hurting more and more. I made the decision to have the hardware out because I was told that the pain I was feeling would go away. I had surgery on Tuesday (not a lot of time yet) but I can tell all of you that IMMEDIATELY, like the evening I was driving home from the surgery center, I could tell that the pain I was having in the upper part where the plate and screws were was gone. When I went in to see the doc for my post op appt on Friday she said that the calf muscle was growing around the top part of the plate which is what was causing my pain. It is hard to be on crutches (but only 4 two weeks) but already I feel pretty confident it was the right thing to do.

I will try and come back to update in a couple months with progress as i know that helps others make their decisions. I start training again for my next IM on Oct. 15th. Good luck all.

Oct 05, 2012
Right Ankle fibula hardware removal
by: Anonymous

2008 surgery plate and 7 screws placed... after all this years never thought to consider removing hardware until 2010 start to increase swelling and pain come to 2012 6 screws were inprinted into my skin and area was very sensentive. Couldn't take the pain anymore follow up with Dr. and was inform fibula healed well and it's time to remove hardward expect 1 screw which it's the in the middle. Read all the comment below was inform return to work the 4th day after surgery. I look at the doctor like he was crazy thinking he was joking which he wasnt. I request to stay out atleast 1 week and I sure enough thank god I did because this was no joke 13 staples and weight bearing very painful especially first thing in the morning. it's been 1 week today 10/5/12 and post op next week ... 6th day no crutches or cane being used.... Wanted to share always research before surgery processl.

Oct 02, 2012
In The Process :)
by: Anonymous

Hello everyone, i broke my tibia (spiral fracture) about six months ago due to a longboarding accident. I have a plate and ten screw holding my leg together, and i am fully mobile and doing sports. However it still hurts when i run or when i play sports such as soccer. Unluckily i have different doctors each time i come in for a post-op check up, each telling me different stories. Last Friday a new doctor told me that i could have all my hardware removed in December (making the whole process of insertion and removal close to one year). The previous doctor had told me that we needed to wait at least 18 months before the removal, quite confusing right? Anyways i am excited to get everything removed, and hearing the stories here it should lead to a better quality of life! (only fifteen years old so i have many years left)
Thanks

Sep 19, 2012
Response to should I have metal worked removed?
by: Mrs brooks

My husband also broke his tibia and fibula in a freak accident and had a metal rod and screws placed in his leg. However!!! The metal was not sterile and an infection was put into the leg with it. This infection is caused osteomyilitis and is causing very severe pain and has caused his leg to swell in one area so bad that it burst open! It still bursts with around a cup full of puss and blood every couple of days. The metalwork was removed within weeks of being put in as the consultant said the infection was on the metalwork. This has not worked and my husband was given antibiotics for over six months which did not do a thing and he has also had a drainage system placed in his leg where two tubes pushed antibiotics around the bone and two drained the infection out. This also did not work. Now the consultants have decided that the only options are to either give him opium based painkillers, sleeping tablets and antidepressants for life (the painkillers do nothing) or to remove the leg above the knee. As soon as my husband agrees they will perform this operation.
So in short yes yes yes DO get the metal work removed and get onto the strongest antibiotics you possibly can for at least 3 weeks. If the infection grows then you WILL be looking at the same outcome.
Talk to your doctors, they CAN scrape the bone out and give you a bone graft which at your stage should work. DO NOT let them fob you off, you deserve to be treated correctly.
My husbands doctors have given up and because they made the mistakes in the first place will not fix it correctly because it will mean admitting to medical negligence!!!!!!
I really hope this helps and seriously suggest you take my advise. There is alot of info on the net if you ask the right questions.

Aug 21, 2012
Hardware Removal from ankle Update
by: Kenda Swartz Pepper

I wanted to follow-up with my hardware removal, which was on July 12, 2012 - almost one year to the date of my ORIF. I began bearing weight after 11 days even though I was initially told it would be 4 weeks. I went to one crutch (surgeon suggested I use the one crutch for two weeks but to use my pain as a guide either way) on that 11th day and within the following week (about 16 days post-op) was without any crutches at all.

I am six weeks post-op this coming Thursday and am healing very well. Because the fibula has been healing through the five holes from my screws, I have not been "allowed" to walk on uneven surfaces like the beach or a walking path. But come Thursday, I can essentially do whatever feels okay including beginning some impact exercises at PT. During these past 5.5 weeks, I've been going to PT 3 times a week, seeing a chiropractor to deal with the other parts of my body that have been compensating this past year for my ankle injury, and also seeing an acupuncturist/massage therapist. Besides some tightness (my body has a tendency for adaptive tendon shortening) around my ankle, I am very pleased with this decision.

I began noticing a positive difference early on -within days of the surgery. And besides not having the internal discomfort of the metal, I have so much relief to not actually feel the screws and the plate when I touch the outside of my ankle. I can now massage the external scar tissue (thus helping to break down the internal scar tissue) which I avoided for the past year, because I couldn't stomach touching the screws.

I highly recommend especially if you are having discomfort with the metal.

Aug 20, 2012
Tibia plateau fracture
by: Kay

I had a tibia plateau fracture four years ago. I am now having swelling and significant pain. Should I consider removal of the plate & 6 screws.

Aug 20, 2012
Tibia plateau fracture
by: Kay

I had a tibia plateau fracture four years ago. I am now having swelling and significant pain. Should I consider removal of the plate & 6 screws.

Jul 28, 2012
Hardware Removal from Ankle
by: Tasha

I just had four screws removed from my tibia and fibula after a fracture across the growth plate nearly 30 years ago when I was a teenager. Yes, 30 years!! The surgery was great - the doc used only a local even though he had to chip away at a half-inch of bone which overgrew three of the screws and use an x-ray to find the heads.

I am now 10 days post-op. No pain, aircast, thinking about starting to bear weight because I feel so good. I can resume swimming in just one week but not running for another 5-6 weeks.

The difference is incredible! I could always feel the screws inside and the overgrowth of bone. I wish I'd done it sooner but am thrilled at the difference now. I'm very healthy and active so I'm sure that made a difference in my healing. Still, I'd say get it out - your body does not like foreign substances inside.

Jul 23, 2012
Hardware Removal
by: Kenda Swartz Pepper

I had a Trimalleolar Fracture July 3, 2011, ORIF July 12, 2011, syndesmosis screw removal October 12, 2011, and 1 plate/7 screws removed July 12, 2012. I'm an active 45 year old.

My follow-up appointment with the surgeon was today (July 23- 11 days post-op), and she is letting me bear weight as tolerated using 1 crutch. The hardware removal surgery was a piece of cake compared to everything else. After the first 12 hours (post-surgery), I had minimal pain. I haven't even needed so much as a tylenol since that first 12 hours.

I was told today, use the 1 crutch for the next two weeks if needed. I think that I'll be walking sans crutch within the week. No impact activities (running, jumping) for another 6-8 weeks. My ROM, however, is super stiff. I've been given a script to go back to Physical Therapy for 8 weeks to get my foot moving well again.

Overall, I'm very pleased to have the metal out of there. It bothered me - I could feel (to the touch) the screws and plate on my fibula (this was unsettling and I was unable to have pressure on that spot), and cold/damp weather impacted the screws on my tibia. I am expecting a full recovery and eventually feeling like my old self again. I'm very glad I did this!

Jul 06, 2012
6 weeks gone
by: Amelie

I am very happy to have had the metal removed. I had to be 6 weeks on partial weight bearing.
I have been fully weight bearing some of the time during the last week, I was getting very impatient.
I went to see the consultant today and he says that all is well, everything has healed properly.
My scar is quite neat, but because I've got skinny ankles some of the inner scars look like bumps, they will go away with time, let's hope anyway.
I feel I have more mobility on my ankle without the metal, it's all still a bit sore and stiff. I have to take my time walking.
I am even allowed now to re-start sport (tennis and golf) although very carefully, not on a competitive way.
I'll be 49 tomorrow :-)
Good luck, you won't regret it.

Jul 06, 2012
Tibia plateau fracture X 2
by: Jo

The end of April I passed out while driving and crashed in to a pole. I fractured the tibia plateau in BOTH legs. Not another scratch on me.
I had surgery with a plate and six screws in one knee and a plate and about eight screws in the other. I was non weight bearing for little over eight weeks and have now just started taking my first baby steps with a walker and partial weight. I have had no pain whatsoever in my knees, except that my legs feel like a couple of logs when I try to walk. I was relentless in my exercises in order to strengthen my legs which had turned to jello while I was laid up for one month in hospital due to other complications. No one had mentioned to me about removal of my screws and I never thought to ask as I assumed they were there to stay. My family doctor called me today to see how I was doing (I had not seen her since before my accident) and she casually mentioned the hardware would come out eventually -surprised that I did not know it could come out. That will definitely be a question for my surgeon when I go back in three weeks. I'm not sure what my decision would be. Have them removed and risk complications or leave well enough alone.

Jul 05, 2012
12 yrs with plate & 10 screws
by: Anonymous

I broke my tibia & fibula in 3 spiral fractures plus crushed part of my knee & had a bone fusion. I have been in pain for the 12 years. For anyone who had plates & screws in for a long time - How long was your recovery? I am scheduled to get mine out this fall. My OS said 4-6 weeks. Didn't know if it was longer than that since the plate & screws have been in this long. I just turned 50 & in excellent health. Are you glad you removed them?

Jun 10, 2012
Ankle metal work removal
by: Amelie

I had the metal work removed after 2 years.
Doctor is insisting that I should remain on partial weight bearing for 6 weeks.
I am 48 years old and very active.
I would like to know, in your experience, how long did you wait to walk without crutches. I'm not talking about going back running or doing sports, just normal walking.
Thank you very much in advance.

Apr 02, 2012
Go for It!
by: IGG

I had pilon facture two years ago this June. This past October I had my hardware removed which was over the one year point. My docter too wanted to wait a year and I believe he was right. In the end, I am much more comfortable!


Mar 31, 2012
removal of hardware after bimolar ankle fracture
by: gmama

I was on this website on a nightly basis after I broke my ankle on 2/20/11. Being a mom to two little boys, I felt helpless. After my surgery, which include a plate, 12 screws and two pins, I looked here for reassurance. I was on a cruiser for six weeks and walking with air cast for an additional four weeks. In the first week of May, I was able to walk without cast and drive again!!!!
The pain was always there. I had gained some perspective about relishing the freedom of movement and I have always had a high tolerance for pain. But I am only 33, and I knew I had a chance to improve. Today, 3/30/12, my doc removed all the hardware. I'm planning on resting the next couple days, but while walking a little, I cannot believe the marked improvement. I figure if I feel like this today, what will I feel like it a week???? It is nothing short of exhilarating. My doc, who is brilliant, says he has never had a patient refracture after hardware removal.
Thus, if you have the oppritunity, and fiscal means (my insurance paid for it), do it!!!!!
I hope this message is helpful to someone out there.

Feb 16, 2012
hardware removal
by: JH

I tore my meniscus 3 months ago. I also fractured my tibia plateau 12 years ago and have a plate w/ 3 screws. The ortho said I should of had the hardware out and now wants to take it out while repairing the tear. Has anyone had their plate & pins out after such a long time? What was the recovery like? Any help would be appreciated.

Jan 16, 2012
Tibial plateu obliteration
by: Anonymous

18 months ago I was "t-boned" by a girl on the beach.right knee shoved its way into tibial plateau, crushing it and then cracking my tibia.had surgery, they reconstructed my joint and inserted a plate with screws to join my tibia together.i had to learn to reuse my right leg,from walking to driving (i was quite depressed over this) butphysical therapy worked wonders.i did all my exercises and gradually left the crutches and was walking on my own.however,the plate was quite troublesome and gave me pain throughout the bone of my leg.my doctor said plate MUST stay until bone healed...so as soon as he said it was healed i requested it to be removed.2 weeks ago, it was all removed.even though I will permanently suffer from arthritis in my knee, my aches of the tibia have gone away. I have not had to take pain medicine for my tibia anymore.I am non weight bearing for 2 more weeks but after seeing my hardware with my eyes, there is no doubt in my mind that it was causing me pain. I wish all the best to those who are healing but I did pull through! did find out I have osteopenia so i must take calcium and I feel that it helps.

Jan 13, 2012
Bone Growth Stimulator
by: Anonymous

I am a 48 year old woman (post menapausal). On February 13, 2011, I was thrown from my horse. My L4 was fractured, and my left tibial plateau was crushed. Hardware and screws were implanted in my back, and I have 12 screws, a plate and a bone graft holding my tibial plateau together. My leg surgeon did not place me on full weight bearing status until the first week of July, 2011. During the first 5 months of recovery, I was diligent in eating 3 balanced meals per day, and drinking a glass of whole milk with every meal. I also took care to eat foods rich in calcium citrate and calcium carbonate. You are so RIGHT! It is a slow, slow, slow process. During those long and lonely months, I had wondered whether or not I was ever going to get out of the wheelchair. Although it has now been 11 months post op, I am still recovering. I now walk with a cane and attend maintenance rehab 3x a week. I hope that by the year end of 2012 that I will be able to dance for the New Year 2013. Good luck to you, and to all others recovering from severe injuries. Also, take care to be patient with yourself and your caregivers. In regard to a bone growth stimulator, check out the following link: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/bone-growth-stimulator.html

Jan 12, 2012
18 screws, 2 plates I want them out!
by: Anonymous

I am 14 weeks post op from a medial tib/fib fracture. Fell while hiking in remote Canada. Good news was my medic brother was with me. Bad news middle of nowhere. Slow, slow, slow is the recovery process. I guess overall I am not doing to badly. Returned to work (desk job) and started physical therapy at 3 weeks (my request, would recommend starting asap ..helps range of motion, even just non weight bearing and strength training of non injured areas). I have swelling issues like crazy, and constant ache. Both of which doc says is most likely hardware related. My bones have not healed in all spots (multiple fractures at time of injury) so at this point hardware is holding it together so cannot be removed) I am told that time is my friend in the healing game. I go back next week for more exrays, if still no more growth we are going to add a bone growth stimulator...does anyone have input on pros or cons of stimulator? Please share. Thnx.

Sep 24, 2011
Removal after 4 months
by: Anonymous

Well, after 3 months of good recovery of broken fibula fixation with a plate and six screws (one of them a syndesmotic screw), the surrounding skin started to ache and become red. A month later, 3 "holes" appeared where the screws are supposed to be and you can even see them! The doctor oriented to use Fibrase for the healing, but it cleans the wounds as much as it causes pain: a lot! Since it isn't working, he suggested the removal of the plate. We'll see...

Sep 19, 2011
Had my hardware removed after 3 mos.
by: Anonymous

I suffered a tib fib fracture at the end of June. Had a plate and several screws and this special string put in to hold the two bones the right distance apart without being rigid. Six weeks later I had to have the string removed due to a nasty infection that wouldn't go away. Another 3 weeks later they removed the metal because I was getting a lot of redness, burning and swelling and it was getting worse. It appeared that the infection was coming back even after the second surgery and three rounds of antibiotics. So 10 weeks after the hardware was put in, it's all out. That was 5 days ago and it feels better already. I'm back to bearing only 50% weight, but only for acouple of weeks. I think it was the right move but will have to be careful as there are now holes in the bone after the screws came out. My Dr. Said normally they like to wait at least 6 months. Good luck!

Jul 26, 2011
hardware removal
by: Anonymous

My husband got the plate out 6 weeks ago & it has been better than fabulous for him.

They had barely wheeled him in from recovery, he was not fully conscious & was moving his ankle around with more mobility than he'd had in 2 years.

He has been pain free & the increased mobility has been better than he expected.

About a week later, he realized that his back hadn't hurt since the surgery!! Back pain had stopped him from walking around & standing for any period of time was out of the question. His back pain is completely gone.

He feels 1000% better with the tibia plate & 7 screws out!

Thanks

Jul 26, 2011
sooner the better
by: Anonymous

If you are going to have them removed, the sooner the better. I had 2 plates and 12 screws in Tib/Fib for 12 years. My original Dr. moved out of state. The Fib one was bothering me so much it was keeping me up at night. I had them removed - the bone had grown completely over the plate! Its been a long recovery.

Jun 03, 2011
tibia plate only
by: Anonymous

My husband broke his tibia only nearly 2 years ago & it scheduled to get the plate & 7 screws out next week.

I'm wondering what his recovery time would be. I'm assuming not too serious, as there isn't any muscle over the plate & its not near his ankle bone.

It has been bothering him & we haven't been able to do much walking as a family ie. Disneyland has been off the table for 2 years now.

Any ideas??

May 11, 2011
Hardware removal
by: Anonymous

I had a metal plate and 9 screws removed on March 18th after having an open reduction on December 24, 2009 for an open comminuted tib/fib fracture. I was in pain and could not flex my foot properly. About 3 weeks ago I started experiencing oozing from the site and now am experiencing more pain than from when I had the hardware removal surgery. I'm now second guessing having it removed. I had an MRI yesterday to find out exactly what's wrong and fear that I have an infection. This will be the 2nd one since the initial surgery. I will say that I can flex my foot better but as far as the pain, until I find out what's wrong, it probably won't get better. Good luck with your removal.

Mar 28, 2011
plate and 8 screws gone
by: Guest in VT

On 3/21/11 (1 week ago today) I had a plate and 8 screws removed from my femur. The hardware was in there because of a distal femoral osteotomy - we realigned my center of gravity over another part of my knee to try and use the remaining "good" cartilage until I'm old enough for a knee replacement (33 y/o). Removing the hardware after 11.5 months is the best decision I've every made. The rubbing on my IT band was cause of constant pain. I was walking, gingerly, 3 days after surgery. Today, I left my crutches at home and walk carefully and limit the number of stairs.

If the plate and screws hurt - take them out if you're healed adequately enough for the procedure!

Feb 16, 2011
I had my plates taken out at 10 months...
by: USC patient

I would recommend that if you do have your plates taken out at 7 months that you be really careful with major weight bearing and really take it easy until the full year passes since your surgery. It sounds as if your infection may be an issue so it would be good to get rid of the cause. Is it good to have a surgery while you have an infection? Just asking? I had mine taken out at 10 months and I had an issue with my bone not healing perfectly straight. The Dr. said that apparently it was not healed all the way. I feel for you, trust your body. You know when something is wrong but I would deffinitely ask your Dr. more questions about the cause of your fever and risks if you have a surgery when you have an infection.

Feb 16, 2011
rod removel
by: Anonymous

Hi I have a rod in my leg for a 4 weeks now. I was told by my doctor that you don't remove the rod once it is in unless you are having issues with the rod. Otherwise they stay in you forever they are not to come out later. Like I said on if you are having some issues with it would be the only reason to take it out.

Jan 31, 2011
Tib/Fib break no surgery
by: Anonymous

I broke my fibula and have a spiral fracture of my lower tibia. Because my alignment is acceptable, i was told that i did not need internal rod and pins, just long leg cast etc. I'm a bit worried if it will heal without any hardware supporting the break

Jan 31, 2011
SAME PROBLEM
by: TAIMUR

HI, I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM BACK IN JULY 2009. I ALREADY HAD 2 SURGERIES ONE FOR THE INSERTION OF PLATE AND 6 SCREWS AND 1 SCREW AT THE ANKLE 3 MONTHS LATER 1 SCREW WAS REMOVED AND NOW I HAVE TO FOR THE THIRD SURGERY FOR THE REMOVAL OF PLATE AND REMAINING 6 SCREWS. ITS BETTER TO KEEP THE PLATE FOR 1 YEAR FOR BETTER RECOVERY AND HEALING.

Jan 12, 2011
worried about risk of refracture
by: downhill mountain biker

20 yo otherwise healthy male. i had a very traumaitc bi maliolis ankle fracture [ tib/ fib] 7 months ago. my first surgery i got 14 screws, 2 plates, and an infection. 2 weeks later i got another surgery too clean out the infection and did 6 weeks of iv and oral antibiotics with 4 more months of oral antibiotics . now the bone graft on my fib is eroding, my joint is space is compacting and one of the screws in my fib is rubbing on my talus bone in my foot. i have to have that screw removed. the surgeon wants to remove all the hardwear. i am not back in action fully, but am worried because of my genral high level of activity i wuold be at risk of breaking my fib where it is erroded or fracturing at one of the screw holes. i feel like there may be some added support to having the hardwear and screws there, and of how far back i will be set with PT. do you find any validity in this?

Jan 12, 2011
worried about risk of refracture
by: downhill mountain biker

20 yo otherwise healthy male. i had a very traumaitc bi maliolis ankle fracture [ tib/ fib] 7 months ago. my first surgery i got 14 screws, 2 plates, and an infection. 2 weeks later i got another surgery too clean out the infection and did 6 weeks of iv and oral antibiotics with 4 more months of oral antibiotics . now the bone graft on my fib is eroding, my joint is space is compacting and one of the screws in my fib is rubbing on my talus bone in my foot. i have to have that screw removed. the surgeon wants to remove all the hardwear. i am not back in action fully, but am worried because of my genral high level of activity i wuold be at risk of breaking my fib where it is erroded or fracturing at one of the screw holes. i feel like there may be some added support to having the hardwear and screws there, and of how far back i will be set with PT. do you find any validity in this?

Jan 10, 2011
hardware removal
by: Anonymous

I just had hardware removal surgery on 12/29/11 I broke both fibula and tibia March 2010, after 9 months of recovery and feeling like I would never be the same my surgeon who usually doesn't recommend removal until 18 months after break did the surgery. I felt relieve within 24 hours of surgery. It was if someone had removed a clamp from my ankle that had been tightning up. I just went to my surgeon for suture removal and exray and boy was it nice to see the exray of a "normal"
ankle she informed me that when she got into the ankle what they thought was one of the screws was a bone spur which they filed down. I feel so much more hope then I did prior to the removal and would recommend anyone who is struggling with this
change of life injury to have the hardware remove.
Good luck

Jan 07, 2011
Preparing to have my plate removed
by: Limping in Southern California

It was one year yesterday, Jan. 6, 2010, that I fell and shattered my tibia, dislocated my knee, dislocated my shoulder, and suffered peroneal nerve palsy. I am still limping; still have pain (sometimes very sharp)in my knee; and still walk with a cane. I went for a follow-up with my ortho and my x-rays show that my joint above the plate is collapsing. I am getting it removed in 4 days. Three months from now I am supposed to get a total knee replacement. I'm nervous about going around without the plate for 3 months. How long before I can start exercising on my stationary bike? I have lost almost 20 pounds and need to lose about 20 more. I'm afraid that the recovery time will keep me down and I will not only stop losing but may gain. Any advice? These posts are so encouraging and have provided me with a lot of valuable information.

Dec 31, 2010
Pilon fracture
by: Laurie

Pilon fracture Nov 09, 2 plates, 16 screws, did everything I was suppose to, still pain when I put any weight on the leg. I could not get rid of the pain in the shin above the hardware and finally had a nuclear bone scan done in July which revealed a stress fracture from the hardware. Stayed on crutches till partial hardware removal at end of Nov 10 (waited the desirable year). Instantly no shin pain. Amazing for that pain to be gone! Can't recommend it enough, hobble as fast as you can to day surgery and remove that hardware!

Dec 24, 2010
Ankle hardware removal
by: 4wheeler

It has been 9 weeks post op and I am doing great. I am glad I made the choice to have all hardware removed. My right femur feels great. I feel like I have a new right leg now. More powerful without any pain. My ankle is doing good. That one worried me. The swelling finally went down, and I have been doing my exercises to keep my range of motion going, which is very important. So, in all, I would recommend to anyone who is considering hardware removal, wait the year + and go for it. it is all worth it. Now I can wear boots without it hurting or binding on my ankle. I am up to 4.5 on the treadmill, and am bouncing on my trampoline like nothing happened. So go for it.

Dec 22, 2010
Follow-up from plate removal 8 mos later
by: Anonymous

Well, here is the good and bad news....
I am the 49 year old female who posted last March about plate removal 10 months after initial surgery. While I have sooooo much more range of motion and the swelling is almost gone some days (it depends upon how much I stand on it) AND it feels so much better BUT I did have a problem. The bone was not quite completely healed according to the doctor and it collapsed slightly upon itself while healing. The result is my fibia bone slightly bows. The good news: it bows in my favor and gave me slightly more range of motion. I recommend listening to your doctors and leave the plates in for over a year for maximum healing time. I DO still recommend having them removed.

Some of things I have found to be really helpful in speeding up the healing is that I am at the gym 3-4 times a week riding the bike. I find this is the best exercise that provides the best cardio and least pressure on my ankle. When I finish the 30-40 minute bike ride, I immediately go the stairs and do my calf exercise where I let my ankle drop down off a single stair and just let it hang for a few minutes then bounce it up and down . It is amazing how much more flexibility I feel that same day and into the next day. Usually after my exercise day, my ankle looks almost normal in size by the next morning. The other thing I have found very helpful is a creme I found at the health food store called Topricin (please google it @ topricin.com). It is all natural without all the "fats" in it offering maximum anti-inflammitory medicine that really gets in and does the job. Then, I put a fairly firm elastic wrap around it to help keep it from swelling while working out. I also do this same treatment if I know I am going out walking for a long period of time.
Overall, I am getting a lot more flexibility and the Dr. says I should continue to get more as time goes on but it is a slow process to make small amounts of increased flexibility....

Dec 21, 2010
Old Lady w/broken leg
by: Broken Grandma

I shattered my tibia 18 months ago. I have two plates and 17 screws. I am now feeling the arthritis due to the cold weather, significant pain and swelling. My doc suggested having the hardware removed. I just can't get excited about another surgery and recovery. What if it doesn't help? Any advice?

Nov 16, 2010
Ankle hardware removal
by: 4wheeler

It will be 4 weeks on the 18th of post op. My ankle is still tender and and still experiencing swelling. Able to walk pretty good - I got up to 4.0 mph on the treadmill today, but still need to watch it. Still achy but that comes with the territory. Can hardly wait till I can do more impact type exercises - but that won't happen for about another month. I am still trying to flex my ankle to get my range or motion back - that will take time, too. My right thigh, which I had the hardware removed from my femur, is doing really well. It feels 100% better. Not achy. Can hardly wait till my ankle feels that way. Till then...will keep caring for it.

Nov 08, 2010
Texan Considering Removal
by: Anonymous

I broke my fibula and Tibia and dislocated my ankle as well as pushed my leg bone up two inches after a motorcycle accident in October 2006. 4 years later and the pain is worsening in my ankle and lower leg. I went to several doctors and they did not recommend removing the 6 screws and metal plate in my leg but at the time I weighed 425 lbs and now thanks to gastric bypass weigh only 253, 8 months later. Just went to specialist Friday and without hesitation he said he wanted to remove the hardware although other doctors keep prescribing PT after a reinjury to the ankle March 2010 due to a auto accident. Just left PT and the pain was excruciating, my range of motion is still poor and my swelling comes and goes. After reading others stories about removal I think Iam going to go for hardware removal. Any advice?

Nov 05, 2010
4wheeler
by: Ankle hardware removal

Got my staples out on Wednesday. 33 of them to be exact. Doctor took xrays of left ankle, and said to treat it as a "stress fracture", meaning I have to be really careful with it. Can't resume full activity for about 6-8 weeks to give the bones time to fill in with the coral graft that was used to plug the screw holes. This ankle sure hurts. I am back to wearing my big black boot that one is issued after surgery to walk with to protect the ankle. Swelling is still occurring, but this should settle down after a bit. My advice for anyone looking to remove their hardware is to prepare for some healing time - like 6-8 weeks especially if they broke both tibia and fibula bones. I am a 46 yr old female and very active. So this will slow me down for a bit, but just have to let it heal.

Nov 02, 2010
Ankle Hardware removal
by: 4wheeler

I am on day 12 for post surgery of hardware removal. Best choice ever. I can tell the difference, especially in my femur bone. My left ankle has been pretty sore since the hardware removal. I thing once I get the staples removed tomorrow, then it should be feeling better. The pain sensation I have been experiencing in it feels like someone is rubbing a needle under my skin, but I am sure it's the staples pulling on it. I can hardly wait till I can put weight on it. The doctors wanted me to wait a year for this hardware to come out, and I took it out in 15 months post op of the ankle break. We will see how the therapy works out for rehabiliting it back to full capacity.

Oct 31, 2010
ankle removal
by: Anonymous

I broke both tib and fib last january. 4 places. had 1 plate and 7 screws on outside and 2 screws on inside. i was having alot of pain and did not have much mobility. went to get a second opinion in september. he said the plate was too long and 4 screws were too long. so he removed it all.. best thing i did. i have some shooting pain thru the ankle only after the swelling has set in. the adema finds the nerves and that makes the shooting pain. they say that should get better. i am so glad i had it removed.

Oct 29, 2010
Ankle hardware removed
by: 4wheeler

I recently posted a comment a few days ago that I went under surgery on Oct 21, 2010 for tibia and fibula hardware removal. Two plates and 16 screws total, plus I hardware removal in my right femur bone removed from a femoral osteotomy surgery 2 years ago. I am walking with crutches with very light weight pressure on the left ankle and using the right leg as the main one. Staples will come out on Wednesday, but I have been flexing and moving as much as possible. Any suggestions if I can start putting more weight on left ankle or should I be non weight bearing? The doctor wanted me non weight for awhile, but I feel I can add more weight to it. I can hardly wait to start walking again. I have been using a bike to keep movement in my legs. Appreciate any comments.

Oct 25, 2010
Hardware Removed!
by: Anonymous

I had my hardware removed and sooooo glad I did! I was only on crutches for 1 day and then walking without a limp within 2 about 2 weeks! It was worth having the surgery to have the 7 screws and plate removed from my tibia and fibula. I recommend it if possible.

Oct 21, 2010
Hardware Removal
by: Anonymous

I just broke my left tib/fib and have (2) 10 inch plates and 20 screws holding my bones together - I asked to have my hardware removed because I still have increased pain and swelling around my ankle and leg. I was told the hardware has to remain in for a year because of the healing time for the bones.

Aug 20, 2010
Tibia Removal
by: Anonymous

Doctors have recommended that I get the plate removed from my tibia due to bone infection. What should I do? If the bone is healed will I still have problems?

Jul 31, 2010
ankle fracture hardware removal
by: 45 yr old mom

Im so glad to have this metal off my leg. I fell on Ice Dec 09, then fell on crutches 1 week later and broke 2 more places same leg. The internet was giving me hope as I read all of the people who had shared my pain sometime or another. Knowing things will get better (so glad to have my computer). It is July 2010 and I had the hardware removed. I could tell by the second day I was able to move foot to 90% better. I just got stitches out 14 days later and have been walking without crutches for short distance in house. Foot feels great! Only have slight swelling a twinge of pain if I m up on it. Must be aware of being careful not to over do it standing without support. I still cook dinner in my wheelchair just to keep pressure off leg. I plan to be easy on this leg for 12 weeks so the holes fill in where the screws came out. Nice to get my life back. Be good to your self so your bones will heal well.

May 05, 2010
Cracked Plate
by: Joey

I broke my Tb and Fib in 10 places on Dec 16th 2009 I have 3 plates and 13 screws. i have been doing Physical therapy for about 2 months and was feeling great untill about 3 weeks ago. I started going backwards with my PT and actually had a lot of trouble walking towards the end, I read all of the posts on here and was convinced i needed to remove my hardware.

I had a doctors appt. yesterday and planned on talking to him about the pain and removing the hardware, we took e xrays right away and before i could really tell him my story of how bad i was feeling he told me I cracked on of the plates! My two options where to have surgery to replace all of the hardware or cast it for 6 weeks with bone stimulation and see if my bone will heel around the plate i guess. Now I am in a cast for 6 weeks! hopefully this works otherwise I will have another surgery and be back at square one.... =(

Mar 12, 2010
Just had 16 screws and 4 plates removed a week ago today
by: Anonymous

I am a 49 year old female. I It has been exactly a week today since I had my plates and screws removed from a shattered ankle that happened 10 months ago. I can say that already I can tell that I have more range of motion and the recovery and swelling is not nearly as bad as after the break. Hallelujah! I had an "L" bracket across my tibia at the lowest point where it connects with the talus and three other vertical plates. My main complaint was a very limited range of motion and a limp. Intuitively, I knew that the "L" bracket was hitting my bone when I walked. My Dr kept insisting that it should not be hitting that I must have a lot of scar tissue. Well 4 months of therapy and a CT scan later, sure enough the plate had even dug a divot out of my bone. So we all agreed to have ALL the plates and screws removed as well as a capsule release. We did the surgery on an out-patient basis and I'll never forget my Doctor's words as I was coming out of anesthesia, " Everything went better than expected. On the table we got your ROM almost the same as the other foot pointing down and at lease 10 degrees better pointing up". Time will truly tell what kind of full recovery I get but today I could already practice putting weight on it using the crutch of course but I could feel my ankle "giving" past the point I could previously move. I am happy to answer any questions anyone may have since I'm still convalescing at home. Thanks

Mar 09, 2010
Take it out!
by: Anonymous

I completely shattered my ankle and almost like you, I have 1 rod and 10 screws. My ortho surgeon at the time of my surgery and the months that followed was completely adamant about my not removing the hardware ever and that it was perfectly safe to keep it in there forever. However after the last 6 months of CONSTANT pain and swelling and inability to walk let alone any thing I went in with a speech planned because I wanted the hardware removed! My ortho walked in and just glanced at my ankle and without me even having to say anything automatically said oh, all that needs to come out, your body is rejecting it! So when I should have had the hardware removed months ago... now I have all this scar tissue and bersa sacks (spelling) that have to be cleaned out and removed also causing a longer recovery time. I wouldn't worry that it hasn't been a year. Mine is 14 months and now I have all these extra problems.

Feb 17, 2010
Maybe not normal but better
by: Sunfish

I still recommend it. I had half of my hardware removed 4 months ago. It is far from normal but no longer have pain in my bone. My pain now is concentrated in the soft tissue and the achilles tendon but as I strengthen it and work on increasing flexibilty it gets better and better. My limp is gone (most of the time) and my ROM is still increasing.

Good luck!

Feb 16, 2010
Still thinking....
by: LJ

I fractured my tibia and fibula March 2009. I had 5 screws and a plate on the outside and 2 screws on the inside. I did physio for 3 months but still have limited range of motion and constant (not severe) discomfort. The last time I saw my doctor he said to call him in 6 months if I want to have the hardware removed. At first I was 100% sure I would have them removed....now that I'm getting close to making that call I'm hesitant. I was so sick from the anesthetic for a week that I dread the thought of having surgery again. But at the same time I think if my ankle could feel "normal" again, it might be worth it. Seems like a lot of the comments are positive and not too many people regret having it removed. Any advice??

Feb 01, 2010
Third opinion?
by: Sunfish

I would get more opinions - in an effort to repeat the "take it out" opinion.

At 47 fit and active demolished my tibia at the ankle in a bouldering fall in the rock gym. Eighteen months later every step I took was painful and I was still limping, with a periodic swelling around the plate and screwheads as well as swelling and pain in the joint.

Fourteen weeks ago I got the offending plate and 9 screws taken out (still have plate and 6 screws in) and it is so much better. I no longer have bone pain the limp is gone (except for first thing am). Immediately after the operation although my leg was freshly traumatized and I had 26 staples in it the improvement was noticeable.

It is real important to be super careful the first 3 months since you will be feeling so good - but it is susceptible to refracture so you have to be super super careful. I wore my aircast for 8 weeks to be on the safe side.

Good luck with that!

Jan 26, 2010
Tibia - Fibula Hardware Removal
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm 45-yrs old a very healthy lady with full of energy. Last year in June broke my these 2-bones in my lef leg and had surgery and my doctor implanted a titnium rod and 3-screws. Though I don't have any problem but still not feeling like a normal leg and I don't want any rod in my body. My Doctor is ready to move the hardware. Just wondering is there any risks associated with this surgery? Do I need to be on cruches or cast again?
Again PT? pLEASE TELL ME PROS AND CONS about this removal? Will I have general anesthesia again during the surgery?

Thanks.

Neerja

Jan 25, 2010
Pilon fracture of Tibia and Fibula
by: tarynzen@yahoo.com

On April 9th 2009, I had an acccident when a ladder slipped out from under me and my left foot causing my ankle to twist, leaving me with a communited fracture of both my tibia and fibula bones. The head of my joint looked like a pizza pie with all the crust ends at different angles. Innitially, the doctors felt the injury was too severe and swollen to operate so I was given an exterior fixator for the next 2 1/2 weeks. Then I had a surgery to remove the exterior fixator and was fashioned with 4 plates and 16 screws. I was non mobile for 90 days and didn't start physical therapy until about 110 days after. It has now been 8 months and I have very little mobility. My ankle is stuck at about -7 degrees leaving me with a bad limp unless I wear 2 inch heels and a lot of shin splint type of pain. My Dr. has recommended removing 1/2 of my plates but I am feeling the need to have them all removed. I had two different opionions one from Dr. Kwong- the surgeon to the LA Lakers, he said that there are no guarantees that removing the plates and gaining more movement wont cause more pain giving the joint more flexibility but causing pain from the bones rubbing together more where it may not be as smoothe as it once was. He said that there is very little "fudge" room in the joint and when it gets shattered as mine did there is no guarantee that more movement may not cause more pain. Oh, now the agony of a choice like this. He also said that original bone strength after the screws have been removed and give the chance to heal is stronger that bones with screws still in. I am due to speak with my original surgeon, Dr. Thordarson from USC any minute to discuss the date for the surgery. I want to have them all removed since what I have now is unacceptable to me and I will eventually have an ankle replacement rather than live like this. I am only 49 years old and I've hiked the grand canyon and back in one day, mount whitney in one day as well as completed 3 la marathons. I love to exercise!! any comments welcome.

Oct 23, 2009
Pilon Fracture
by: Anonymous

I was hiking and only fell a couple of feet with a great amount of axial force and broke my fib and tib in May 09. Fortunately, in emergency there was a ankle fracture trauma surgeon on duty to treat.

2 surgies later, 14 screw, 2 pins and 2 plates, I'm getting ready to have the hardware removed--just the plates and pins. Leaving screws in.

This type of injury is so life altering. I hope I am pain free again and am able to have better flexibility with the hardware removed.


Oct 13, 2009
nice site
by: jaydub

I recently had my tib plateau screws (7) & plate removed due to infection & constant pain. 3 months later and the infection is showing its head again. Kind of scares me...

The pain from the hardware is no more. It's great.

The 4 years I spent with hardware in were horrible.

Oct 05, 2009
I'm going in Oct. 22, 09
by: Sunfish

Good to read so many positive comments about hardware removal. I'm scheduled to get half of my hardware (plate 4 screws) removed on Oct.22. The doc suggested half of it because that's where my pain and swelling is - but I can't help but think once I get that out - I'll notice the pain of the other side (plate 6 screws).

It seems that while they've got me - they may as well take it all out instead of having me go back in another year. I will be discussing this with doc at the pre-op and of course ultimately leave it up to him.

My questons;
Is that valid - yank it all out while we are at it? Or is there logic in doing half - seeing how it goes? Then if needed go back in and go through all that recuperation and risk again? Perhaps doing it half and half is less traumatic - although it seems more traumatic to me?

Starting to get nervous...

Sep 30, 2009
Hardware removal due to Infections
by: Anonymous

My son had tibia plateau fracture torn meniscus . He had a plate put in and 7-9 screws in May 13,2009. He has has several infections- gram negative with surgery. He just had another surgery September 28,2009 to remove the plates and screws due to another deep infection that broke through his lower leg. He is now waiting for test result to see if the infection is in the bone. What is time frame of healing? I am very worried.

Jul 20, 2009
Going back to teach in 4 weeks
by: Dawn

I broke both my fibula and tibia playing volleyball 3 weeks ago. I recently had surgery one week ago. The doc used a plate, 6 screws, and a bone graph. However, I have to start back in the classroom by mid August. Starting in a wheelchair is going to be strange...how soon have others returned to work after this type of surgery?

Jun 05, 2009
comments is useful .. now i am also thinking of hardware removal ...
by: Rahul Mehta

Hi

Myself Rahul mehta from india .. i had an small accident last year .... i jump from a 3 feet hight and my leg get twisted( all my body weights come on knee) and i heard a crack sound .. my tibia just below the knee cracked very long cut .. till the middle of the tibia approx 7-9 inch .. i had an surgery the doc told me the bone is crushed into small pieces so bone graft was the only solution that time .. so they take a small bone piece from my pelvic and inserted into my tibia gap ..

and covered with 4-6 inches plate with 6 screws..
after long rest nearly 6-8 months now i feel better.. i can walk perfectally( 70% OK) i can drive a car as well ..

yesterday i visited to my doctor and he said after 1 more year they can remove the hardware upon my wish ..

i am afraid to go a surgery again ..
but after reading your comments i can think ..

pls submit ur more experience after removal hardware ..

is it possible to rn again after removal the hardware ..??


Thanks you so much for all ur comments ...


May 07, 2009
hardware removal
by: Laura

I am having my hardware removed 6/3/09. I broke my tib/fib in 1996 and had a non-union/non healing fracture. I had twelve surgeries from 1996-2000. I continued to have pain with a very elevated SED rate and C-reactive protein. My last surgery was in 2008 and my new surgeon said its time for the hardware to come out. He suspects a latent infection. I hope the surgery works and reading everyones comments I am sure I am making the right decision!

Apr 20, 2009
WOW! THanks for the positive feedback
by: Anonymous

I am having the hardware removed from my tibia next week and have been very leary, not understanding how it will help with my walking and pain but reading the positive comments make me feel so much better about the decision. The pins will remain in the fibula because I have a nonunion, the bone graft wasn't successful and neither was the stimulation.

I hope that next week I will be writing I am pain free! And that I am walking without a limp!

thanks

Mar 14, 2009
Thank you
by: Anonymous

I was having second thoughts about removing the 9 screws and plate from my healed broken tibia from August of '07. The pain recently has gotten worse and I am unable to be as active as I would like to be. After reading your comments I am confident that I am now making the right decision. Thank you : )

Mar 14, 2009
Thank you
by: Anonymous

I was having second thoughts about removing the 9 screws and plate from my healed broken tibia from August of '07. The pain recently has gotten worse and I am unable to be as active as I would like to be. After reading your comments I am confident that I am now making the right decision. Thank you : )

Mar 11, 2009
Update
by: McDonald

I got over my infection easily enough, caught it early and had some heavy-duty oral antibiotics, but I continued to have pain when attempting to run/jump and never regained a normal walking pattern. I ended up having all the hardware removed in May '08, just under one year from the original accident. I was on crutches again and off full-duty as a fireman for another 6 weeks.

I am here to tell you that there was an immediate and noticeable improvement as soon as I was bearing weight on it again. Within a few months later it was nearly pain free.

I am nearing the two-year mark in another two months. Other than some circulation issues in my foot, which is attributed to the intense soft-tissue trauma that was caused during the injury and two subsequent surgeries, and a big-ass scar down the front of my leg and across my ankle, I am near my pre-injury leg status. I walk and hike regularly to strengthen it, running is an option but one I avoid if possible. Sometimes after I run I get shin-splint type pain...but still WAY less than the pain I got from the hardware. Also...when the weather goes wet and cold I can get a faint ache in my calf muscle, but completely tolerable.

Bottom line...worth the extra time and energy (and money) to get it removed.

Mar 11, 2009
Broken Tibia/Fibula
by: Nicole

I wondered how it was going for you. Just read the posts as I was trying to see what anyone did with their injuries in the same region. I broke my tibia and fibula in 02 on my left leg. Well, I first got a plate and screws in it. He had me weightbear before I was ready and the bone healed sort of crooked. I went to another set of doctors who did another surgery on me with an external fixator. Well it is now looking the same way and it bothers me. It is crooked and hurts my knee. I am scared to get another surgery for fear of being laid of for a year or more and I have a 10 month old at this point in my life. No one else to run after him all day. Just wondered how it worked out for you.

Jun 07, 2008
My tib/fib fx experience
by: McDonald

33 y/o male, June '07 I suffered an oblique/comminuted fracture of my left distal tibia and proximal fibula. The distal tibia was split, lengthwise, approximately 6-inches. A 6-hour surgery left me with an 8-inch stainless plate and 11 locking screws in my tibia.

The accident occurred while racing a dirtbike in the Baja 500, a rider I was attempting to pass went down causing me to be deflected against a steep embankment. The embankment caught the toe edge of my left boot, rotating it outward and rearward, and as the weight of the bike fell against my rotated leg, it fractured.

Fellow racers dragged me off the narrow course and into the bushes, so as to prevent me from being run-over. Two hours later a helicopter rescue crew was able to package and hike me a 1/4 mile to where they were able to land. After being flown to Ensenada, stabilized in a hospital ER, then driven by private vehicle back to Southern California, I received surgery 4 days later.

I spent the first month stationary, the next three on crutches, one in a walking boot. After the boot I was cleared to return to full-duty as a firefighter. I was never able to run, jump, or stand for long periods without pain in the area of the hardware. My pain was a "stress riser", pain where the plate stopped mid-tibia, it created a point of stress because the bone could not flex the way it is supposed to. I also had pain where the plate rubbed on the distal medial end of my tibia when walking.

Three weeks ago, mid-May, which was almost a full year since the injury, I had the hardware removed. Outpatient surgery, one week in a splint, then suture removal and a walking boot. I don't use the walking boot, I just take extra care to not twist or stress the leg. The walking boot forces me to walk crooked which causes other issues with my back and knees.

The pain I had before the removal is gone, as much as I can tell given the amount of activity I am doing. The area around the incision is still very tender and sore, range of motion is limited due to pain. Still gets fairly swollen by the end of the day. I stretch it regularly.

Overall I think the removal of hardware was a smart choice. I don't think I could go on living with the limitations caused by the pain I was having.

Nov 27, 2007
Hardware Removal...
by: Bart - SII

Sorry to hear about your freak accident.

I have worked with physicians that offer both opinions. Most of the time, depending on the hardware, it is left in for at least a year to allow for good healing of the bones. While they are "healed" at 7 months, they will continue to remodel and get stronger for up to 12-18 months after injury. Hardware is usually removed either because it is causing problems, i.e. pain or dysfunction, or in your case, possibly infection, or because it runs the risk of not allowing the bones to strengthen because they become dependent upon the hardware.

If your surgeon feels like the hardware is definitely causing the infection, it may be a good case for removal. If the bones are healed, they should continue to remodel and get stronger after removal of the rods and screws. There will be some weakening of the bones when removing the hardware, and a period of time that you will have to be somewhat cautious with your activities.

I would highly recommend talking with your physician and discussing your specific concerns regarding the risks of both removal of the hardware, or leaving it in.

Ultimately, it comes down to which choice you want to make...leave it in and run the risk of continued infections, or take it out with the possibility that your bone strength could be compromised.

Perhaps others with similar experiences will chime in.

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