Screw removal recovery period (tib-fib screw)

by Melanie
(Westport, Ma)

I broke both my tib and fib as well as dislocation of the ankle 2 years ago. External fixation was put in palce to allow swelling to go down, then the internal. I have a plate with seven screws a pin and one long screw through both bones. That long screw is going to be removed but the remainder of hardware is staying what time frame will I be out of commision following the removal??

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Nov 19, 2014
Fibula fracture with syndesmotic screw NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi all! I fractured my fibula along with partial dislocation and torn syndesmosis ligament on 9-20-14. I was on my first hiking trail with my best friend. We hiked on a very steep trail. Going up was okay, and I thought coming back down would be a breeze, boy was I ever wrong. As I was walking downward the dirt was super smooth and so were the soles of my shoes(foam soles for aerobic exercise). I put my left foot first, and as soon as I brought my right foot foward I lost my footing. My foot doubled toward the back where my heel was. I was shocked but eventually got up. I could feel something pop on the outside of my heel. I couldn't really bear weight. Well we still had another trail to walk down. My friend said to walk on the grassy part of the trail so I did. Wouldn't you know it I stepped on a smooth rock and my ankle doubled again the same way and I fell again. Now I have a high pain tolerance but I cried this time. Finally good samaritans helped me and I was able to get to my friends van and go the ER. They immobilized my ankle and referred me to OS. I went to ortho, refused surgery, they cast me and i sought a second opinion. unfortunately my fracture was unstable so I had ORIF surgery, 1 plate 6 screws with syndesmotic screw. On 12-16-14 I'll have surgery to remove it. I'm so happy I miss walking. On another positive side my pain has been nonexistent which I'm grateful for.

Nov 15, 2014
Hope this helps NEW
by: Debs

I had my screws out as they were comming through the skin and made it hurt, if it wasn't for that I would have kept them in as now my ankle and knee is agony ! So if it doesn't hurt keep them in mate. Good luck

Nov 15, 2014
quick rply plz NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a arm operation 10years back..I have 2 steel plates and 24 squees in my left hand..after that I never consult with any doctr fr da last 10yrs..Nw bit scerd abt it..as I was jst 14yrs dat time I was scerd to do a operation agan..if I nt remove da plats what's gone have..what to do remove or keep it..

Nov 15, 2014
quick rply plz NEW
by: Paul

I have a arm operation 10years back..I have 2 steel plates and 24 squees in my left hand..after that I never consult with any doctr fr da last 10yrs..Nw bit scerd abt it..as I was jst 14yrs dat time I was scerd to do a operation agan..if I nt remove da plats what's gone have..what to do remove or keep it..

Oct 08, 2014
There is light at the end of the tunnel NEW
by: Christine

I fractured by lateral malleolus in March 2013. I had a plate and five screws and didn't realise how hard it would be to recover. We were going overseas in August so I had physio including one water physio, three times a week and was fine. I wore really good runners that cushioned the bottom of my heal. I did consume a few panadol but the holiday regained my confidence.

I found though instead of improving when I got back it was going a bit backward especially walking down stairs, I felt like crying sometimes. In February this year I went back to the surgeon who recommended that we remove the screws and plate as he said my ankle was quite small inside. The surgeon came to see me after the surgery and said that my tendons were inflamed and I may need crutches for a couple of days. I can tell you that I could walk straight away and the pain disappeared. It was an easy recovery. I still have some swelling after walking a lot and a bit of tightness in the tendons in the foot, depending on what shoes I am wearing but I can now wear a small heel and I no longer need to wear cushioned shoes.

Good luck everyone.

Oct 08, 2014
There is light at the end of the tunnel NEW
by: Christine

I fractured by lateral malleolus in March 2013. I had a plate and five screws and didn't realise how hard it would be to recover. We were going overseas in August so I had physio including one water physio, three times a week and was fine. I wore really good runners that cushioned the bottom of my heal. I did consume a few panadol but the holiday regained my confidence.

I found though instead of improving when I got back it was going a bit backward especially walking down stairs, I felt like crying sometimes. In February this year I went back to the surgeon who recommended that we remove the screws and plate as he said my ankle was quite small inside. The surgeon came to see me after the surgery and said that my tendons were inflamed and I may need crutches for a couple of days. I can tell you that I could walk straight away and the pain disappeared. It was an easy recovery. I still have some swelling after walking a lot and a bit of tightness in the tendons in the foot, depending on what shoes I am wearing but I can now wear a small heel and I no longer need to wear cushioned shoes.

Good luck everyone.

Oct 08, 2014
There is light at the end of the tunnel NEW
by: Christine

I fractured by lateral malleolus in March 2013. I had a plate and five screws and didn't realise how hard it would be to recover. We were going overseas in August so I had physio including one water physio, three times a week and was fine. I wore really good runners that cushioned the bottom of my heal. I did consume a few panadol but the holiday regained my confidence.

I found though instead of improving when I got back it was going a bit backward especially walking down stairs, I felt like crying sometimes. In February this year I went back to the surgeon who recommended that we remove the screws and plate as he said my ankle was quite small inside. The surgeon came to see me after the surgery and said that my tendons were inflamed and I may need crutches for a couple of days. I can tell you that I could walk straight away and the pain disappeared. It was an easy recovery. I still have some swelling after walking a lot and a bit of tightness in the tendons in the foot, depending on what shoes I am wearing but I can now wear a small heel and I no longer need to wear cushioned shoes.

Good luck everyone.

Oct 08, 2014
There is light at the end of the tunnel NEW
by: Anonymous

I fractured by lateral malleolus in March 2013. I had a plate and five screws and didn't realise how hard it would be to recover. We were going overseas in August so I had physio including one water physio, three times a week and was fine. I wore really good runners that cushioned the bottom of my heal. I did consume a few panadol but the holiday regained my confidence.

I found though instead of improving when I got back it was going a bit backward especially walking down stairs, I felt like crying sometimes. In February this year I went back to the surgeon who recommended that we remove the screws and plate as he said my ankle was quite small inside. The surgeon came to see me after the surgery and said that my tendons were inflamed and I may need crutches for a couple of days. I can tell you that I could walk straight away and the pain disappeared. It was an easy recovery. I still have some swelling after walking a lot and a bit of tightness in the tendons in the foot, depending on what shoes I am wearing but I can now wear a small heel and I no longer need to wear cushioned shoes.

Good luck everyone.

Oct 08, 2014
Ankle pain NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. i stepped on a bag barefoot and my ankle rolled and i literally was standing on the top of my foot as it continued to slide and finally broke. i broke 3 bones in my ankle (inside outside and back)and had surgery a week later. i hav a plate with 6 screws on the outside and 2 long screws on the inside. I already had fallen arches but it is much worse now. i have to wear special insoles in my shoes. For some of you it could be that you need the insoles and I can only wear only Nike shox. i work in an office so i got a doctor note for that. it helps but did anyone experience continued pain just on the inside? I'm thinking it is the 2 screws or i just dont have enough support with the fallen arch thing. It still swells on both sides. My foot never stopped hurting and I also walk funny barefoot probably cause my foot is flat. i see my surgeon on 16 Oct. Any insight or suggestions??????

Oct 04, 2014
Tib/fib screw removal NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi mark
I had plate & lots of screws removed a few days ago & I wasn't given crutches or a walking boot. Was told to walk as normal but take it easy... So far so good. Bit tender but not as bad as I was expecting. Not sure about the gap as this didn't happen to me. Good luck!

Oct 03, 2014
rod and screw removal NEW
by: mark

Hi, i broke my tibia and fibula in November 2013, after all the physio leg and ankle aching so there taking it all out. How long after removal will I be on crutches for? Once they operate on the 15th October I then will need another op on fibula as its not joined there talking about taking the bit of dead bone out so theres a gap, as anyone else had this procedure whereby the fibula as a gap in for life.

Oct 03, 2014
rod and screw removal NEW
by: mark

Hi, i broke my tibia and fibula in November 2013, after all the physio leg and ankle aching so there taking it all out. How long after removal will I be on crutches for? Once they operate on the 15th October I then will need another op on fibula as its not joined there talking about taking the bit of dead bone out so theres a gap, as anyone else had this procedure whereby the fibula as a gap in for life.

Oct 01, 2014
Plates/screws removed today! NEW
by: Anonymous

January 2013 broken tib & fib. Tore all ligaments & tendons & ruptured the membrane that holds the tib & fib together. Surgery 2 weeks later after swelling gone down. Had plate & screws to fib and screws to the end of tib. Also 1 long screw going right across ankle holding both bones together. No weight bare for nearly 3months total. Had long screw removed 2 months after implanted. Lots of physio & slow recovery but was able to run again. Still swelled & painful & tender at times so discussed with surgeon removal & decided to go for it! Very scarey decision... Well I had all metal work removed this morning in day theatre. Was told I didn't need crutches or a boot & to just take it easy for couple weeks. Walked out the hospital with a limp but unaided. Have a light dressing on. Hopefully symptoms will now improve. No driving for 10-14 days, no running for a few weeks. So happy to be full weight baring straight away :-)

Oct 01, 2014
will it ever get better NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, In January this year I broke my ankle in 3 places and dislocated it. 37 first broken anything doctor said i did great job for first timer.I am now a current owner of some unwanted but necessary hardware. I have a plate 6 screws and a bolt that goes from one side to the other. Now almost 9 months later I'm still in so much pain every day. Each step hurts although i keep moving. It feels like one of the screws want to come out. Will this ever get better? Will I ever walk normal again? This happened while at work and although workers comp helps I've had no compassion from my employer. This all sucks and im ready to go back to normal walk not a tip toes pimp looking thing i catch myself doing. Oh and stairs the worse ugh.

Sep 25, 2014
Plate and 6 screws NEW
by: Zoja

Head-on collision, front seat passanger. Broke tib-fib, patella, femur, right ulna-radius, left humerus. All of the breaks fixed with plates, nails, screws etc. it all happened about a year ago and just a week ago got my tib plate removed and fingers crossed it will make a difference for me to learn to run again!! Very excited. Removing is hopefully the best decision I have made. No pain after the op, dressings needed to be changed for few days for the bleeding but has now stopped and I'm walking around the flat on one crutch. Keeping the leg elevated and seeing my surgeon next week!

Sep 20, 2014
feeling beter already NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi
Just had plate removed from outside bone on ankle (fibula?). Only a week has passed but already at about 75% weight bearing and expect to be walking without crutches by the second week. I'm off sport for 8 weeks but really think it was worth it already.

Sep 07, 2014
still in pain NEW
by: sarah

wow! i was so happy to read all these comments,just to now am not alone in this long healing time....i broke my ankle in three places and dislocated my foot and i just had one long pin taken out of the middle of my ankle at first i thought is was better but now that i started back work it kills me when i get home and take my shoe off it swells and it hurts just to touch it i will being seeing the doctor soon and i hope he can tell me why it is still so pain full ,cause i did it on new years day and we are now in sept and i still can't walk normal .....

Sep 06, 2014
Hardware removal NEW
by: Rebecca

I broke my tibia and fibula in sept 2013 and had a plate andcseven screws inserted. I had the large screw out in Nov and my ankle was much more flexible after that, however, after eight months of physio I was still having a large amount of oain walking and difficulties going down stairs etc. After an mri scan i was advised i had a large amount if inflammation, a bone spur, loose bone fragments and a large amount of scar tissue. I decided to have an ankle arthroscopy to address all of these and at the same time to have the plate and screws taken out.

I had the op on Mon and it appeared to go well, been told to rest and not walk (apart from at home) and to use crutches. I'm was given a special shoe to wear and strong painkillers to take (ditched them after two days as made me feel really spaced out and dizzy). So far all is going well and I hope that in the next few weeks I will be pain free and able to run, dance and hop again!! Good luck to you all.

Sep 06, 2014
Hardware removal NEW
by: Rebecca

I broke my tibia and fibula in sept 2013 and had a plate andcseven screws inserted. I had the large screw out in Nov and my ankle was much more flexible after that, however, after eight months of physio I was still having a large amount of oain walking and difficulties going down stairs etc. After an mri scan i was advised i had a large amount if inflammation, a bone spur, loose bone fragments and a large amount of scar tissue. I decided to have an ankle arthroscopy to address all of these and at the same time to have the plate and screws taken out.

I had the op on Mon and it appeared to go well, been told to rest and not walk (apart from at home) and to use crutches. I'm was given a special shoe to wear and strong painkillers to take (ditched them after two days as made me feel really spaced out and dizzy). So far all is going well and I hope that in the next few weeks I will be pain free and able to run, dance and hop again!! Good luck to you all.

Sep 06, 2014
removal of hardware NEW
by: Anonymous

My story is very similar to yours broke my tib n fib 2 yrs ago this sept 17 the removed the rod because it was literally stickin out of my ankle, I have 2 plates 20 something screws, but when the removed my rod, I was totally fine, I was able to walk but also hD to use 1 crutch, I was back on my feet in 2 weeks but also had to be very very careful!

Sep 06, 2014
removal of hardware NEW
by: Anonymous

My story is very similar to yours broke my tib n fib 2 yrs ago this sept 17 the removed the rod because it was literally stickin out of my ankle, I have 2 plates 20 something screws, but when the removed my rod, I was totally fine, I was able to walk but also hD to use 1 crutch, I was back on my feet in 2 weeks but also had to be very very careful!

Sep 06, 2014
removal of hardware NEW
by: Anonymous

My story is very similar to yours broke my tib n fib 2 yrs ago this sept 17 the removed the rod because it was literally stickin out of my ankle, I have 2 plates 20 something screws, but when the removed my rod, I was totally fine, I was able to walk but also hD to use 1 crutch, I was back on my feet in 2 weeks but also had to be very very careful!

Sep 04, 2014
I feel your pain NEW
by: Anonymous

Fingers crossed everything will be ok, they have told me everything is ok aswell but the last six months I havnt been able to run without pain and my knee keeps swelling. No pain no gain they say, my rood is still in and the lump is still very visible. Wish they would listen to us when we say we know something is wrong !

Sep 03, 2014
AUSTRALIA NEW
by: LORI

I broke both bones in my left ankle/leg around 6 years ago. They put in a plate, 7 screws and 3 pins. I was not allowed any weight bearing for nearly 8 months. Pins were removed after one snapped. Six years later the area is still tender to the touch, I have restricted movement in my ankle and pain. I have long thought that the plate and screws are causing damage and pain to my leg. I have had scans done as it felt as if the flesh or muscle "grabs" on something in my ankle. However I keep hearing that there is nothing wrong. I also have now an extremely enlarged and tight calf muscle on that leg. (I have also had scans to eliminate blood clots etc.) I'm not sure what is causing the troubles but all I know is that it restricts my movement and as a 28 year old female I don't want to spend the rest of my life limping around, in pain with restricted movement.

Sep 03, 2014
AUSTRALIA NEW
by: LORI

I broke both bones in my left ankle/leg around 6 years ago. They put in a plate, 7 screws and 3 pins. I was not allowed any weight bearing for nearly 8 months. Pins were removed after one snapped. Six years later the area is still tender to the touch, I have restricted movement in my ankle and pain. I have long thought that the plate and screws are causing damage and pain to my leg. I have had scans done as it felt as if the flesh or muscle "grabs" on something in my ankle. However I keep hearing that there is nothing wrong. I also have now an extremely enlarged and tight calf muscle on that leg. (I have also had scans to eliminate blood clots etc.) I'm not sure what is causing the troubles but all I know is that it restricts my movement and as a 28 year old female I don't want to spend the rest of my life limping around, in pain with restricted movement.

Sep 02, 2014
screw protruding NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi - I broke my tib/fib and ankle, plate in ankle and leg - now I have been getting pain and stiffness (after over 15 yrs!!) they told me to leave everything in - I did not have to get the hardware out but so wish I did. now I will have to get it out because I now have one of the screws protruding out and giving me an infection and pain..i am guessing that with my condition the hardware being in my leg so way too long - this is not going to be a short recovery - anyone else have hardware removed that has been in you for over 15 yrs? I go to doctors this week - hopefully the report will be better than I am fear...

Sep 02, 2014
screw protruding NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi - I broke my tib/fib and ankle, plate in ankle and leg - now I have been getting pain and stiffness (after over 15 yrs!!) they told me to leave everything in - I did not have to get the hardware out but so wish I did. now I will have to get it out because I now have one of the screws protruding out and giving me an infection and pain..i am guessing that with my condition the hardware being in my leg so way too long - this is not going to be a short recovery - anyone else have hardware removed that has been in you for over 15 yrs? I go to doctors this week - hopefully the report will be better than I am fear...

Sep 02, 2014
screw protruding NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi - I broke my lower tib/fib and ankle, plate in ankle and leg - now I have been getting pain and stiffness (after over 15 yrs!!) they told me to leave everything in - I did not have to get the hardware out but so wish I did. now I will have to get it out because I now have one of the screws protruding out and giving me an infection and pain..i am guessing that with my condition the hardware being in my leg so way too long - this is not going to be a short recovery - anyone else have hardware removed that has been in you for over 15 yrs? I go to doctors this week - hopefully the report will be better than I am fear...

Aug 29, 2014
syndesmotic screw removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I just got my syndesmotic screw removed after I dislocated and fractured my right fibula. I was weight bearing with it in and because it jammed my ankle (limits motion), it was recommended to be taken out. Currently recovering (had it taken out two days ago) but I'm walking on it already and it's feeling so much better. If you're given the option to remove hardware, do it.

Aug 22, 2014
To fill or not to fill, that is the question. NEW
by: Anonymous

Here's my question. I'm going in to get five screws and a plate out of my hand. The doctor wants to fill in the holes with some paste made from other people's bones. I don't want that foreign material in me, and I think it may even slow down or even prevent my bone from completely healing. Did anyone have this done?

Aug 21, 2014
Needing tibia plate and 11 screws out soon NEW
by: Anonymous

HI, I had a ski accident and broke my right tib/fib and got a 10" plate and 11 screws in my tibia. It's been a year now since my last surgery and am having constant swelling and on again/off again pain sometimes so much that it won't respond to OTC pain meds. Talked to my surgeon and he said to remove the hardware.

I'm wondering what to expect for a recovery period. I was on a scooter for 10 months last year and not looking forward to losing my mobility again.

Interesting to see the various comments below from walking the next day after surgery to weeks non-weight bearing. Really interested in hearing the general rule of thumb for this type of surgery.

Thanks,

Aug 20, 2014
Just had plate and 9 screws removed. NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke tib,fib and ankle in France in 2006 and had 2plates and 15 screws inserted. It was recommended that they were removed after 18mnths but when I returned to Ireland, my orthopaedic surgeon said it would be a big op with non-weight bearing, slow mobilising etc. and put me off. After 4yrs I wanted them out due to constant tenderness, irritating,swelling at times and one of the fib screws rubbing off boots and strappy sandals. I decided to get the one plate and 6 screws out. I was walking within 2wks and full weight bearing I think in about 3wks. That was the small op!! Due to ongoing problems with my leg I wanted the rest of the hardware out, I didn't want to be struggling to walk in maybe 10yrs time. I had the other quite large curved plate and 9 screws out 10 days ago. I am fully non-weight bearing for 4wks and then mobilise very slowly my surgeon said. I have minimal pain & think when I'm allowed to walk there's going to be a good bit of physio to be done on my part! I'm hoping I will have less discomfort when all is healed and walking. I know some people never have a problem with their hardware and others have problems from the word go! I slways felt I was allergic to the metal.

Aug 20, 2014
Just had plate and 9 screws removed. NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke tib,fib and ankle in France in 2006 and had 2plates and 15 screws inserted. It was recommended that they were removed after 18mnths but when I returned to Ireland, my orthopaedic surgeon said it would be a big op with non-weight bearing, slow mobilising etc. and put me off. After 4yrs I wanted them out due to constant tenderness, irritating,swelling at times and one of the fib screws rubbing off boots and strappy sandals. I decided to get the one plate and 6 screws out. I was walking within 2wks and full weight bearing I think in about 3wks. That was the small op!! Due to ongoing problems with my leg I wanted the rest of the hardware out, I didn't want to be struggling to walk in maybe 10yrs time. I had the other quite large curved plate and 9 screws out 10 days ago. I am fully non-weight bearing for 4wks and then mobilise very slowly my surgeon said. I have minimal pain & think when I'm allowed to walk there's going to be a good bit of physio to be done on my part! I'm hoping I will have less discomfort when all is healed and walking. I know some people never have a problem with their hardware and others have problems from the word go! I slways felt I was allergic to the metal.

Aug 16, 2014
:( pain NEW
by: Anonymous

They say never to remove the plate/rod as it ruins muscle/bone but at the mo it's slowing me down so much and I'm putting in weight :(

Aug 16, 2014
thank you NEW
by: Anonymous

i am struggling with the thought of the recovery, but i am afraid if the pain and swelling worsen if there is a possibitlity of looseing my foot.. i have never had problems like this with it.. so screw removal is recommended but i can not find a medicaid dr that is willing to remove and rehab me..loosing my mind in fl. i am a 43 yr old woman. thank you..

Aug 16, 2014
To person w painful long term hardware NEW
by: Anonymous

Dear Sir or Miss, if you live in pain after this many years of having the hardware in place, consider finding a orthopedic specialist for expert advice. Especially if pain has worsened. Only be aware if surgery is recommended - expect post op healing, non weight bearing, multiple dr follow up visits w X-rays, & probable visits to physical therapist- good luck

Aug 16, 2014
have a plate and 5 screws 27 yrs ago NEW
by: Anonymous

i have had this because i had a smahed growth plate on my left ankle from a accident that ruined my swimming career. approx 28 yrs ago a plate and 5 screws was put in place of the crushed growth plate, i have had normal pain and swelling for years it just became normal. now i am in severe pain and dont know if i should have them removed because they have been there for so long; or go crazy from the pain. feels as if my foot breaking in half where the plate is.. please advise of any thoughts.thank you

Aug 12, 2014
metalwork removal was amazing NEW
by: Anonymous

had compound fracture tib and fib. both plated and area was fragile generally I had jip on the shin bone and not the small bone, couldn't walk that far, kick a ball, step off a chair on that leg, had to hold onto bannister down the stairs first thing in morning. when I ran i limped like it was stiff and one leg longer than the other. had the main metalwork off and was walking about the next day, jogging the next - it was incredible, all that fragile stuff GONE on the shin bone. but I left the small bone metalwork on because I had issues with nerve damage next to the bone, now I regret leaving the metalwork on and want it off, it is now fragile on the small bone, I can't get up off floor easily, can't lean the leg bone against anything. can't wait to get that metalwork off and get back to normal. the main shin bone has a lump on it, but doesn't seem to bother me.

my advise is don't hesitate to get the metalwork off and don't delay about it. the only thing is that you have to take it easy for 3 - 4 months while it heels.

Jul 18, 2014
8 months post op screw removal NEW
by: Anonymous

It's been 8 months now, can run "a little" but suffer sequel of ankle swelling, definitely not a normal thing. Phys therapist told me it's still too soon. However I can endure long hikes (10.5 mi with 2700 feet elevation gain most recent) with only moderate discomfort. Though 2 weeks ago rented a compact car and that just about ruined my ankle- swelling, pain,stiffness. I will consider spending more on another rental car type due to ergonomics. Blessings & healing to you all!

May 28, 2014
Reply NEW
by: Anonymous

Hiya, sounds like my problem, it's the calis (new bone as it repairs) I have an appointment tue aswell, I did the same btw, hope it goes ok

May 28, 2014
Reply NEW
by: Anonymous

Hiya, sounds like my problem, it's the calis (new bone as it repairs) I have an appointment tue aswell, I did the same btw, hope it goes ok

May 28, 2014
Reply NEW
by: Anonymous

Hiya, sounds like my problem, it's the calis (new bone as it repairs) I have an appointment tue aswell, I did the same btw, hope it goes ok

May 28, 2014
any info?? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi my husband had an accident in dec and broke his tib & fib & other bones in the lower part of his leg. 4 1/2 months on he had the screws & rod removed & last week had a bone graft from his hip to reconstruct his leg and had a plate put in. 7 days on he has a lump come up next to area where it is, can anyone throw any light on this? Iv called the hosp but been told his consultant is away till next week (he has an app anyway for tues) what do you guys think? Thank you!

May 21, 2014
Thanx NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank gor the reply, yeh sounds a bit like that :( I had ankle pins out in sept and it's been ok apart from long runs, I've and recovery and it's fine, good luck with that anyway had them out in my nker aswell not so good, major knee pain

May 21, 2014
Screw removal NEW
by: Jo

Hey Deb , I had compound fracture of Tib/Fib back in 2007, I had all hardware removed about 2 years later because it was bothering me. I was having alot of trouble with my foot and ankle after that . The Doc discovered that my leg healed crooked and they had to rebreak it , insert a nail ( again)down the Tib and a plate on the Fib. A bone graft was done where they rebroke it to fill in . Before his surgery I had a large lump on the shin like you discribe. When they did the bone graft they shave this lump( calus) and used it for the graft . This was the first time in 7 years I was able to put the slightest pressure on the shin. So I believe it was was the origibal would healed and calused that made it so tender. Sounds like you have same issue.
My question for anyone is have you ever had screws from the ankle removed? I am a week out of having 2 removed and still having pain and difficuty walking? it wasnt like that the first round ( sorry for bad spelling )

May 07, 2014
Fib, tib, ankle and dislocation NEW
by: Debs

Hi guys, I did my fib, tib, ankle and also dislocated it had interval screws in knee and ankle but try are now out and a rod from ankle to knee, my knee is hurting when I run and the lump (does anyone else have a large lump on the shin where the break was) hurts putting pressure on my whole leg I can run but very uncomfortable and at times slows me down, any suggestions

May 07, 2014
Fib, tib, ankle and dislocation NEW
by: Debs

Hi guys, I did my fib, tib, ankle and also dislocated it had interval screws in knee and ankle but try are now out and a rod from ankle to knee, my knee is hurting when I run and the lump (does anyone else have a large lump on the shin where the break was) hurts putting pressure on my whole leg I can run but very uncomfortable and at times slows me down, any suggestions

May 01, 2014
this plates are killing me ! NEW
by: Anonymous

Broke my tib and fib 2 years ago plus the bottom of my leg I have a skin graft , cause my leg got infected when it was time to take off the staples after my surgery is like 2 inches long and 1 inch wide . Lately my outside of my ankle been kind of aching doesn't matter how leg is even if Im resting it , sometimes it feels like something poking my bone on my ankle . And now my skin graft around the scar it get sore cause it swells and thats the inner side of my ankle so by the day my leg is not so pretty looks like a elephant leg . I dont really ice it just elevate it. I want to get my plates remove , but Im so scared I just dont want it to get infected , cause that was verry painful especially mine got so bad I had to wear a wound vac 24hours for a month. Need some help it seems know that im on my feet more by the night I ache more especially on myy ankle bone it feels like something not right. please give me some advice.

Apr 23, 2014
Screws removed NEW
by: Lil

On 11-29 had 2 tibia screws removed and something called ankle gutter debridement- fibula area. No matter how hard I tried & how hard physical therapist tried, I had limited flex ion of the right ankle arising from tib fib fracture 4-12. Of course surgery was scary & I did not like seeing 2 new incisions on my ankle but improvement has been remarkable & recovery outstanding! I even got to keep the screws. Can't run yet but have hiked up to 7 miles with only modest swelling & soreness the next day. Still under a dr's care. This 2nd surgery was not as involved as the one on 4-12. Blessings to you all

Apr 22, 2014
Removal NEW
by: Liz

Love seeing update comments after hardware removal. In 24 hours, I'll be under the knife having 2 plates and 13 screws removed. Last summer I had 2 screws removed on my ankle and the relief was immediate so I'm anxious and excited to get the rest of it out. I'll update after the procedure! Good luck everyone!

Apr 22, 2014
Removal NEW
by: Liz

Love seeing update comments after hardware removal. In 24 hours, I'll be under the knife having 2 plates and 13 screws removed. Last summer I had 2 screws removed on my ankle and the relief was immediate so I'm anxious and excited to get the rest of it out. I'll update after the procedure! Good luck everyone!

Nov 28, 2013
Pins,plates screws and wires removed NEW
by: Lynn

I fell in June 2012 and suffered a compound fracture of the tib and fib and a dislocated ankle.I had 2 metal plates,numerous screws and wire and a long screw through the tib and fib, I was none weight bearing for 10 weeks then came the the slow recovery process. I went back to see the surgeon in June this year because of the horrendous pain I was suffering. He decided to remove all the metalwork, which was done last week (22nd Nov). Wow what a difference, I can't believe the relief I feel and it's only been a week. I can only hope that when the stitches come out it'll get even better. my advice to anyone thinking about it is just do it. If your anything like me you won't regret it,and I really did suffer a bad injury. Hope this helps someone as I couldn't find any similar posts relating to my injury.

Nov 25, 2013
surgery #2 here I come NEW
by: lil

the countdown is on 11-29 while others are digesting their thanksgiving feasts or engaging in shopping I will be at the hospital bright and early to remove 2 tibia screws and treat fibula bone spur. 18 months ago was 1st surgery. still have thickened scar tissue and flexion limitations. will let you know outcome ! doing a 14 mile hike today and perhaps another before I'm shuttered in for post op recovery. take care everyone !!

Nov 25, 2013
surgery #2 here I come NEW
by: lil

the countdown is on 11-29 while others are digesting their thanksgiving feasts or engaging in shopping I will be at the hospital bright and early to remove 2 tibia screws and treat fibula bone spur. 18 months ago was 1st surgery. still have thickened scar tissue and flexion limitations. will let you know outcome ! doing a 14 mile hike today and perhaps another before I'm shuttered in for post op recovery. take care everyone !!

Nov 21, 2013
Tib/Fib Fracture NEW
by: Mariah

I make my living riding racehorses on the track, not a jockey, but an exercise rider. One day a filly I was on became scared and tried to head into a barn with a low ceiling. I bailed of and hit the ground like a lawn dart, my right leg just a little closer to the ground than my left.

2 Plates and 13 Screws later, I had a 3 and 1/2 month period of being non-weight bearing. It was a long slow recovery, because of the dangers of my profession I was not allowed to return to work for 5 months after coming off of crutches(and even then it was against the doctors orders) But a girl has to make a living.

2 years down the after the initial break, I can ride well without limitations, but there is almost a constant pain where the top of the plate is, and although I walk without a limp, I cannot run without one. I love to be athletic and to be hindered like this frustrates me to no end. The initial break was 3 inches below where I experience pain now, so I know that it is the plate and not bone pain that is causing me such grief.

I am on a countdown, in 3 days I will have all my hardware removed and other than moaning about the time I must take off of work, I am ecstatic. I have never known someone to have hardware removed and has regretted it. Get that crap out of you... when the doctor says so, of course!

Nov 20, 2013
Recovering NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a 47 year old female who has been through Hell and High Water with Pain from my Toe for YEARS. I had Hallux Rigidus Toe Surgery in January 2013. When through the 4 weeks at home, in the boot after 6 weeks and back to work after the 4 weeks. Tennis for two months after that.

Then I was in sandals and flats. Tried to a hill in September 2013 and foot hurt like heck from then on. Doctor had already told me in April 2013 that one of the screws was moving and he would need to remove it but I was not having any pain then.

Once the pain started I Rush back to Office like a Bat out of Hell pleading for removal. Now I am a week away from having both screws removing and recovering slowly. I wear the shoe for now and next can get stiches out still on pain meds just drove today for the first time right foot of cours.

Felt some pain but bearable. I predict full recovery and if I cant wear hills anymore I guess I am ok with that as long as I dont have to suffer with the pain.

Hope this helps.


Oct 18, 2013
Screw Removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm guessing that it's different for everyone, but I had a plate with 5 screws removed along with 2 long screws that went through my Tibia and Fibula. I was back on my feet without crutches in just a couple days with much improved flexibility.

Oct 18, 2013
Screw and plate out NEW
by: Anonymous

Had my pins and plate out four weeks ago. I am still in so much pain ankle still very swollen and red have had to go back on my crutches any one know how long I will be like this . Wish I had' nt had it dine now

Oct 18, 2013
Screw and plate out NEW
by: Anonymous

Had my pins and plate out four weeks ago. I am still in so much pain ankle still very swollen and red have had to go back on my crutches any one know how long I will be like this . Wish I had' nt had it dine now

Jun 10, 2013
Screw Removal Question NEW
by: Jrenae

I am having 2 screws removed on June 21st. What should I expect when I leave the Surgery Center? When can I actually apply weight on my ankle? When can I drive? Date of injury was April 13.

Jun 04, 2013
Its now 14 months since i got an accident NEW
by: Fred Kirimunda

Its now 14 months since i got an accident that left me with a fracture on my right leg just below the knee. I was operated and had two plates and nine screws inserted. Of recent i have been driving with out difficulties but at the sometime am due for hard ware removal. I don't know how long it will take me to walk without crutches after the operation. Need your prayers. I used to ride so much am wondering if i will ever ride my favorite Honda 650cc as i got the accident while riding.

Jun 03, 2013
removing screws NEW
by: Anonymous

I will have the screws removed as well as have Doc treat a bone spur that arose in my fibula. That might explain the discomfort and usual toe cramps I get especially when engaged in strenuous exercise (hikes 9+ mile for example). I can feel the screws sometimes like a low grade painful pulse/spasm. If pain increases I'll schedule time off work and have them removed. Told that recovery would be about a week. Of course I want it "now" and be back out on the trails asap!

Apr 29, 2013
broken tib/fib, plates and pins NEW
by: Anonymous

in november 2012 i came off my horse and unfortunately landed on my feet. I had dislocated my ankle, however,at hospital after relocating it , informed me I had shattered my ankle breaking my tib and fib. I have 2 plates and 13 pins. Recovery has been slow with many complications including nerve damage, complex regional pain syndrome. In january i noticed a pin head pushing at the surface over my ankle bone. When I saw my consultant in feb he said I would need it removed but it is to soon to do at the moment.
I am due to see him again in may but am anxious about having the pin or possibly pins and plate removed as I still walk witha limp have swelling around my ankle, mild crps and 2numb toes.
I can't bear the thought of being out of action again!
My physio said I have been unfortunate, but reading other peoples experiences im not so sure.

Apr 22, 2013
pin removal NEW
by: Anonymous

i am due to go back in hospital on thursday to have the pin removed from my ankle. does anyone know how long it will be before i can drive again .

Feb 28, 2013
Re: road trip after surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm not sure what type of surgery you're having but I'd think it would be uncomfortable to travel in a car after surgery. You need to keep it elevated too. I was in pain after surgery and was on meds so driving is definitely out. Obviously.

Feb 28, 2013
punky24 NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm having surgery on my left ankle on Friday. I'm 64. Can I take a road trip the next day?

Feb 28, 2013
punky24 NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm having surgery on my left ankle on Friday. I'm 64. Can I take a road trip the next day?

Feb 16, 2013
Ankle harware removed NEW
by: Anonymous

I am on day 2 of having 2 screws, one pin and a whole lot of scar tissue and cartiledge particles removed and scoped! The hardware has been in for 24 years after a tibia and fibia break. Range of motion had become minimal and pain in the instep and at the top of my ankle had become unbarable. Especially when wearing the wrong shoes. I am only 49 years old and didnt want to be crippled or dependent on a cane in the future, so im hoping this works. It already feels better, even after surgery. I do still have the plate and 7 screws on the outside, but it has never given me pain.

Feb 13, 2013
Worried NEW
by: Anonymous

I fractured my ankle in 3 palces in 8/2007 i never knew taht removing the screws was an opton until a week ago when i was wroking out i heard a popping sound and was in terrible pain one of the screws is out of place. I will be having all 7 pins and the plate removed. I am worried about gaining full mobility and since i have had the screws for so long i am worried that my ankle will be weak. Has anyone had the ahrdware removed after several years what was the outcome? What was the recpvery time?

Feb 11, 2013
Screws removed NEW
by: Sal

Just had some screws removed from the inside of my ankle. I am feeling great.left the surgery center with no pain.i was told to use a walker but don't feel like I need it. I still have some screws and a plate on the outside of my ankle but they do not bother me. I had pain for over a year from this but was afraid to get this done,but I wish I had it done a lot sooner.if you are having pain from hardware I suggest you get it out. I want to add my age,just turned 67. I hope I helped someone.

Feb 08, 2013
still recovering 10 months post op NEW
by: Lil

Hi All,
Its now 10 months post op of repair of superior retinaculum and bimalleolar fracture. The 2 screws are still in place in the tibia. Looming in the horizon is the possibility of removal. Also surgeon hinted at surgery of the fibula portion of ankle to "fish out" a bone fragment. It seems it impairs the nerve conductivity to the small toes of my foot resulting in scrunched toes and painful cramping especially during intense exercise. Doing phys therapy again. Therapist has been pressing the scar tissue around the incision which is super uncomfortable- ouch with gritting of teeth and fist clenching. Just sharing my progress and appreciate reading everyone else's post. Blessing all...

Feb 08, 2013
Hardware removal NEW
by: Adrienne

Hi ... 5 years ago, I slipped on a patch of ice and broke my tib-fib. I had 10 screws and a plate implanted to the fibula, and a plate/screw/wire combo on the tibia. 8 days ago, I had all of this removed. I was told I would not even need crutches after the surgery ... it would be that easy! Well, here I am 8 days later unable to walk without crutches. I went to my ortho who took an x-ray and told me there was no reason I shouldn't be walking. Just wondering if anyone else has been unable to walk due to pain a week after HWR. I'm really not a baby about pain, but my fibula feels as if if might snap when I try to walk! Thanks for any advice.

Feb 05, 2013
Screw removal recovery period (tib-fib screw) NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I just wanted to share my story. I fractured my fib Dec 2/12. Had surgery 5 days later. I had 8 screws, a plate and a long stabilizing screw put in.
A week ago today I had the long screw removed. I was put right under for this procedure and quite happy about it. I wasn't thrilled about the possibility if hearing the drill etc. haha
I was ok to put weight on that leg a couple days later at PT and although I can't drive yet (right foot) I am progressing with being able to walk with the help of the crutches. At home, I practice walking without them. It's going well!
I do EVERY exercise and stretch assigned to me and then some of my own core strengthening exercises. Every bit helps!
I go to the gym when I can get a lift and do the upper body bike to get cardio, with adding the stationary leg bike recently, I feel great to be moving again- so to speak. ;)
Do what you can to feel better with the situation. Good luck all!

Feb 05, 2013
Long screw removed NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I just wanted to share my story. I fractured my fib Dec 2/12. Had surgery 5 days later. I had 8 screws, a plate and a long stabilizing screw put in.
A week ago today I had the long screw removed. I was put right under for this procedure and quite happy about it. I wasn't thrilled about the possibility if hearing the drill etc. haha
I was ok to put weight on that leg a couple days later at PT and although I can't drive yet (right foot) I am progressing with being able to walk with the help of the crutches. At home, I practice walking without them. It's going well!
I do EVERY exercise and stretch assigned to me and then some of my own core strengthening exercises. Every bit helps!
I go to the gym when I can get a lift and do the upper body bike to get cardio, with adding the stationary leg bike recently, I feel great to be moving again- so to speak. ;)
Do what you can to feel better with the situation. Good luck all!

Feb 05, 2013
screw removal NEW
by: Anonymous

hi i am waiting to go back in hospital to have my screw removed from my tibia and fibia fracture. i am having an epidural because that is how i had my surgery done in the first place.

Feb 04, 2013
Anesthesia?? NEW
by: Allen

Broke my fibula & tibia a year ago and had a rod and 4 screws put in. Ive been having a lot a pain around my ankle and it actually looks like the 2 screws down there are about to break the skin. So I am having those 2 screws removed.

My Ortho is saying I will need general anesthesia to pull the 2 screws out and I'm curious to know is that norm or can they do this with a local and a few valium or something that doesn't require being put completely under.

Hopefully I'll hear back from a few of you. Thanks

Jan 20, 2013
Screw Removal Recovery NEW
by: April

I was on my feet the next day. I over did it a couple times in the month following and had to rest it for an evening or so, but for the most part was not limited with normal activity. Having the metal removed - a plate and 7 screws, 2 all the way through the tib and fib - made all the difference in getting back flexibility and balance.

Jan 20, 2013
Recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle many years ago & also dislocated it. I had a pin put through the ankle bone & a plate & pins. They removed the pin after 6 months. As it was not a weight bearing pin, I had to hop about for 6mths. The plate stayed in. I used to limp quite a lot & could almost tell the weather by the ache in my ankle. That foot however has never been right & sometimes I get bad pain in it, depending if my shoes are too flat. I cannot flex my foot very well either
I still cannot bear the weight of bedclothes on it & always sleep on my right side. To cap it all I also damaged my right ankle twice, once broken & torn muscle another time about five years later.


Jan 11, 2013
broken ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

last year i fell off my horse and managed to land on my feet however i soon wished i had not. i had shattered my ankle and needed a 6 hour surgery to help fix it. A small part my ankle did not fuse back together and has remained broke however the surgeon wants to removed all my metal work in one surgery. (pins, plates and screws) i am scared that when he removes them it will not make a difference because of the unfused bones. Has anyone else had this happen to them? I am also having my first baby before the surgery and do not want to leave her if i have to stay in hospital for a long period as i was in a full week when i first broke it.

Jan 11, 2013
broken ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

last year i fell off my horse and managed to land on my feet however i soon wished i had not. i had shattered my ankle and needed a 6 hour surgery to help fix it. A small part my ankle did not fuse back together and has remained broke however the surgeon wants to removed all my metal work in one surgery. (pins, plates and screws) i am scared that when he removes them it will not make a difference because of the unfused bones. Has anyone else had this happen to them? I am also having my first baby before the surgery and do not want to leave her if i have to stay in hospital for a long period as i was in a full week when i first broke it.

Jan 11, 2013
broken ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

last year i fell off my horse and managed to land on my feet however i soon wished i had not. i had shattered my ankle and needed a 6 hour surgery to help fix it. A small part my ankle did not fuse back together and has remained broke however the surgeon wants to removed all my metal work in one surgery. (pins, plates and screws) i am scared that when he removes them it will not make a difference because of the unfused bones. Has anyone else had this happen to them? I am also having my first baby before the surgery and do not want to leave her if i have to stay in hospital for a long period as i was in a full week when i first broke it.

Jan 11, 2013
Response for Oscar NEW
by: Melanie

Usually an outpatient operation to remove a screw no hospital stay necessary. Crutches for a couple of days and good to go!

Jan 10, 2013
TIBIA AND FIBIA FRACTURE NEW
by: oscar

i fractured my tibia and fibia in march last year. i now have to have the screw taken out at the bottom of my ankle. can anybody tell me how long the stay in hospital is ? and what the recovery time is ?

Jan 08, 2013
broken ankle NEW
by: Jeannett

I broke my ankle a year ago and had 8 screws and a plate put in. I just had it all taken out a few days ago and I can tell a big difference. The only pain I had was from the incisions, no bone pain at all which is exactly what the doctor said would happen. I was able to walk on it right away. I am an avid runner and my doctor said I can resume running in six weeks as apposed to the three months I had to wait with the first surgery. The physical therapist I went to after my first surgery said he broke his ankle several years ago and had screws and plates put in and he had it all removed too. I am so glad I had it removed!

Dec 26, 2012
RECOVERY PROCESS OF FIBULAR BONES
by: Anonymous

I coach my church football team. On 26th of October 2012, i had both ankle twist and fibular fracture.

Immediately, my leg was swollen. Because there was no one to drive me to the hospital, i decided to drive myself. Getting to the hospital, my leg became over swollen as the car was manual.

I was operated on. Five weeks and three days later, i started to bear weight on it with crutches.

These is December, i have started to drive long journeys.

The healing process starts from your mind and your inbuilt MORAL!

If you fall within my shoes, if you fall within my shoes, be happy as your healing wont take long.

for confirmation, call me on 08037740556 (tenor is my name).

Quick recovery to you all!

MERRY XMAS AND A MORE PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

Dec 10, 2012
BROKEN
by: Anonymous

i shattered my tib and fib and dislocated my ankle and had the total of 2 plates 10 screws and some wire put in!!! i have just had all the metal work form the ouside of my ankle taken out and it immediatly felt better, im going back to work next week so would have been off for a total of 25 days after the op, but the only reason i was off that long is because the nature of my job, i ride and work with racehorses!!

Dec 10, 2012
BROKEN
by: Anonymous

i shattered my tib and fib and dislocated my ankle and had the total of 2 plates 10 screws and some wire put in!!! i have just had all the metal work form the ouside of my ankle taken out and it immediatly felt better, im going back to work next week so would have been off for a total of 25 days after the op, but the only reason i was off that long is because the nature of my job, i ride and work with racehorses!!

Dec 09, 2012
Screw Removal Recommended!
by: Sherri J

I dislocated my left ankle and shattered my fibula in the left leg and lucky me, I also obtained a 3rd degree sprain (ruptured all of the ligaments) in my right ankle. In the left side I had a plate and 7 small screws and a big screw between my tib fib put in right after the injury. I had a second surgery 5 days later to tighten everything. I was non-weight bearing for 10 weeks.

At 4 months I had the syndesmotic screw (the big one) removed. The next day I could feel more mobility in my ankle. It has only been two weeks and I am easing back into physical therapy but the extreme swelling I had before removing the screw was eliminated right after the surgery.

I have a long way to go with therapy but wanted to share that I have had a good experience having it removed.

http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n572/sherriandanton/dec5-2.jpg

You can see in my photo where that pesky screw once resided!



Good luck with your decision.

Nov 19, 2012
Screw removal
by: Cindy

First, breaking my ankle was the most horrible thing I have ever done to myself. Good luck to all of you! I spent 10 days in a "Jone's Splint" trying to reduce the swelling, applying 26 lbs of a ice a day. Finally I was able to have surgery. I have a plate w/8 screws and another two pins. The plate for the most part doesn't bother me unless it is very cold or there is a storm coming. The two pins on the other hand, bother me a lot more. It's been almost two years from my last surgery and I am scared to death to have the two screws removed. I am going to attempt to live with the discomfort for as long as I possibly can.

Nov 07, 2012
Screw Removal
by: April

Thank you for sharing your post screw removal experiences. Surgery to remove mine is coming up. I really hope to see a difference.

Nov 07, 2012
Just had the hardware removed
by: Anonymous

Broke my fibula (with ligament & tendon damage) 8 months ago (Mar 7, 2012). Surgery included a plate w/6 screws plus a sendimosis screw (goes through both fib and tib to stabilize the joint and hold it all together).
Sendimosis screw broke doing physical therapy, had it removed July 3rd (had to drill holes in both bones to get both pieces out).
Doc wanted to wait until the 1 year point to consider removing the plate/screws in the fib, but gave me the option last week (Oct 2012), and I elected to go ahead because of the pain and restrictions caused by the plate/screws.
It's now one week after surgery, I can tell a difference already, although the surgical pain is still affecting me. My ortho doc will keep me in a walking boot for 3 months because this is the highest probability of refracture. He tells me it will take a month for the holes to fill in, 3 months for the holes to be strong enough for increased activity, 1 year to get back full strength. I can expect pain until I die, probable arthritis, and restricted mobility.
I'll try to remember to post an update in a few months. Good luck, may God bless you and give you speedy healing!

Nov 07, 2012
Just had the hardware removed
by: Anonymous

Broke my fibula (with ligament & tendon damage) 8 months ago (Mar 7, 2012). Surgery included a plate w/6 screws plus a sendimosis screw (goes through both fib and tib to stabilize the joint and hold it all together).
Sendimosis screw broke doing physical therapy, had it removed July 3rd (had to drill holes in both bones to get both pieces out).
Doc wanted to wait until the 1 year point to consider removing the plate/screws in the fib, but gave me the option last week (Oct 2012), and I elected to go ahead because of the pain and restrictions caused by the plate/screws.
It's now one week after surgery, I can tell a difference already, although the surgical pain is still affecting me. My ortho doc will keep me in a walking boot for 3 months because this is the highest probability of refracture. He tells me it will take a month for the holes to fill in, 3 months for the holes to be strong enough for increased activity, 1 year to get back full strength. I can expect pain until I die, probable arthritis, and restricted mobility.
I'll try to remember to post an update in a few months. Good luck, may God bless you and give you speedy healing!

Oct 31, 2012
Dear Lisa
by: Kari

I shattered my ankle and have 3 plates 23 screws and pins in my tib and fib and in my ankle my accident was August 2 2012 and I am still no weight baring on my leg I will say do everything your therapist tells you to do and even if they say do 2 sets of 10 of anything if you can do a few extra do so it will make you feel better and more committed to getting back to normal I'm only 37 with a 10 year old I feel your pain and how worried you are to get back to normal I go back to my doctor Monday the 5th And I'm hoping I will be able to start weight baring keep your chin up stay positive and let people help as much as you can it was hard for me to let people help but I realized that for me to get better I had to give in and swallow my pride and take the help like I said you will get through this and try to do a little extra everyday to feel more normal if you want to talk let me know beings that we are probably both sitting at home trying to figure out our next move good luck.
Kari

Oct 22, 2012
For April
by: Anonymous

The Screw through the tib and fib would give you more flex, possibly. That was the only piece of hardware removed from my ankle and it sounds pretty close to what you have. I had in total a plate with 7 screws, two 'X" through the tib and fib and a pin as well. After the screws through my two bones came it it was a couple days of discomfort but it was game on from there. Easy outpatient 15 minute deal! I reccomend it!

Oct 19, 2012
Screw Removal = Improved Flexibility?
by: April

Considering having screws removed from a multi ankle break. Nearly 3 months of no weight bearing and 10 weeks of physical therapy that brought back the downward and side to side flexibility, but zero progress on the upward felxibility (not even back to 0). Makes downhill and stairs awkward, and overall balance a challenge at times. Physical Therapist said there is nothing more they can do for me, and maybe in time I'll see some progress, but to "lower my expectations". I have a plate and 7 screws, 2 of which connect the tibia and fibia just above the ankle joint. The only action left to take is to remove the hardware to see if that gives me more flexibility. Has anyone had hardware removed and experienced improved flexibility?

Oct 12, 2012
recovering
by: Lil

Dear all,
Its been 5 1/2 months since my bimalleolar internal fixation which included 2 arthrex screws in my tibia. I am happy to report that I have been hiking again although very very carefully. Couple of days ago completed a nine mile hike with about 2800 foot elevation gain. It was incredible and the day was perfect. Only issue was waking up the next day with foot soreness and stiffness necessitating the reappearance of my limp. My last doctor visit 3 weeks ago included xrays and all appeared well. Looking toward the future I still cannot fathom trail running, a very enjoyable activity for me pre injury. But we'll see. I hope you will have speedy healing. This experience has been very eye opening and humbling. XOXOXO

Oct 12, 2012
cheap hardware
by: Anonymous

I have a screw that goes in the fib and into the tib it broke in half wat do yall recomend i do?

Oct 11, 2012
Ankle
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle 3years ago yesterday I had 9 screws and to plates removed I'm bandaged up and in pain consultant says I can weight bare although finding this difficult and painful I need dressing changed tomorrow but district nurse is refusing to come to see me even though its been planned I'm not happy to go to clinic unsteady on my feet with no support ie crutches IV been told elderly people manage fine after ops so am I being pathetic or should I have some support to weight bare IV been told I can go back to work after 3 weeks even though my job entails 9 hours a day on my feet 5 days a week as I'm a health care assistant any one know usual recovery time for this

Oct 11, 2012
Ankle
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle 3years ago yesterday I had 9 screws and to plates removed I'm bandaged up and in pain consultant says I can weight bare although finding this difficult and painful I need dressing changed tomorrow but district nurse is refusing to come to see me even though its been planned I'm not happy to go to clinic unsteady on my feet with no support ie crutches IV been told elderly people manage fine after ops so am I being pathetic or should I have some support to weight bare IV been told I can go back to work after 3 weeks even though my job entails 9 hours a day on my feet 5 days a week as I'm a health care assistant any one know usual recovery time for this

Oct 10, 2012
Copmment for Lisa
by: Anonymous

Lisa I have a plate and 9 screws and a pin. But I broke my Tib and Fib. I only had external fix for a week to let swelling go down for the operation. My whole ankle was also out of place so the had to get the bones back where they belonged and then set with the hardware. I am diabeticso I was non weight bearing (I am also a big girl!) for 12 wks....but you should probably 6-8 weeks. Even though I was non weight bearing I had a physical therapist that came to the house several weeks after surgery to get my ankle moving. DO YOUR PT!! It helped a great deal! If you have a problem with crutches use a walker, it gives you more stability and you can put a basket on it to carry things. You may need to give yourself shots of a blood thinner type stuff since you will be immoble..they worry about blood clots. When the swelling goes down you might see an edge of the plate or be able to feel the head of a screw but each person is different. Good luck! keep up with therapy and work on the range of motion as soon as you can..this will allow you a removable cast possibly, so you can shower without the cast. Again I wish you the best!

Oct 10, 2012
Need answers
by: Lisa

I was in a bad car accident sept 17,2012 I broke my tib n shattered my shin bone I have a external fixator on now since the 17 Iam going in for surgery Tom which is oct 12 they have to put 20screws in my leg n a plate there sayin it's gonna b along process but not really tellin me wht I need to hear can anyone who had the same help me out on some feedback I just wanna know how long does it take to heal n when should I b able to walk again with no crutches?????? N will I feel the screws n plate n my leg????iam only 32 yrs old n just wanna b able to do for me n take care of my 7 yr old please help with answers!

Sep 25, 2012
Pins/plates removed
by: Fiona

18 months ago I had a bad fall, which left me having 7 pins and plate in my ankle/leg. We never got on together !! My ankle cracked most days and the pain well you just have to live with it...The surgeon always told me I could have it removed, which they did a week ago. The op was nothing compared to the first one.pain for 3days but then just a nag really. Today I'm going back to get the dressing off. I have been told it will never be the same again.....But one can hope. All I can say is, I always think out there are people a lot worst off then me. On them days when you think I just can.t stand this anymore think years ago people with our injures would have lost their leg.....we are the lucky ones.

Sep 25, 2012
Pins/plates removed
by: Fiona

18 months ago I had a bad fall, which left me having 7 pins and plate in my ankle/leg. We never got on together !! My ankle cracked most days and the pain well you just have to live with it...The surgeon always told me I could have it removed, which they did a week ago. The op was nothing compared to the first one.pain for 3days but then just a nag really. Today I'm going back to get the dressing off. I have been told it will never be the same again.....But one can hope. All I can say is, I always think out there are people a lot worst off then me. On them days when you think I just can.t stand this anymore think years ago people with our injures would have lost their leg.....we are the lucky ones.

Sep 25, 2012
Pins/plates removed
by: Anonymous

18 months ago I had a bad fall, which left me having 7 pins and plate in my ankle/leg. We never got on together !! My ankle cracked most days and the pain well you just have to live with it...The surgeon always told me I could have it removed, which they did a week ago. The op was nothing compared to the first one.pain for 3days but then just a nag really. Today I'm going back to get the dressing off. I have been told it will never be the same again.....But one can hope. All I can say is, I always think out there are people a lot worst off then me. On them days when you think I just can.t stand this anymore think years ago people with our injures would have lost their leg.....we are the lucky ones.

Sep 25, 2012
Pins/plates removed
by: Anonymous

18 months ago I had a bad fall, which left me having 7 pins and plate in my ankle/leg. We never got on together !! My ankle cracked most days and the pain well you just have to live with it...The surgeon always told me I could have it removed, which they did a week ago. The op was nothing compared to the first one.pain for 3days but then just a nag really. Today I'm going back to get the dressing off. I have been told it will never be the same again.....But one can hope. All I can say is, I always think out there are people a lot worst off then me. On them days when you think I just can.t stand this anymore think years ago people with our injures would have lost their leg.....we are the lucky ones.

Sep 23, 2012
hardware removal
by: Dana

Not many answers on here about having hardware removed. I decided to wait 1 year and stick it out before having a long screw that was put in the top of my foot. Toward the end, I knew the screw was causing discomfort. It was always as if something was in there that shouldn't be and I needed it out. I said my good-bye's to the screw and with elation I was eager to see it go. After the swelling went down and I was able to twist it around some and wiggle my toes, I knew without a doubt that the foreign object had been my problem. I was told the bone naturally fills back in and is about a 2 week process. I was told arthritis would come, but I pray alot...not to say I won't still get it but I trust what God sends my way. If a doctor is allowing you to make the call on taking out hardware and it has been a healthy amount of time - go for it. I think we should trust our bodies to do good for us, if hardware has served it's purpose. Goodwill to each of you.

Sep 14, 2012
Pain in night
by: Nazim Khan

I faced an accident 10 days back which ended as my tibia and fibula broken and a rod is placed inside my leg, the improvement is very good but i feel irritation and pain every night , like i have sleepless nights since this nightmare happened cletic

Aug 07, 2012
Rod on tib and femur
by: Precious

I had a car accident in july 2009,a metal rod was placed on d tib and femur to help in joining of the bone. I currently use walking stick to aid my movement,i feel pains and stiffness in the knee.what pains me most is that i limb/leap whenever i try walking on my own.i want to knw if i will b ok if d metal rods are removed and it is the suppose time to have the metal rods removed

Jul 12, 2012
Hoping for full recovery
by: Anonymous

Hmmm, all of this sounds familiar. Broke my tibia and fibula mid april as well as tore superior retinaculum. Had no idea rehab involves the entire leg not only foot and ankle. 6 weeks of non-use rendered my right leg into a puny, scrawny limb not to mention the bilateral wounds and ankle swollen. Doc put 2 screws in medial side. In past month have forced myself to ditch the wheelchair, do an intermediate mountain hike (5mile), ride my bicycle and repeat the hike again. I walk slowly and carefully now especially if hiking. My limb is obvious though happily, the leg muscles are re-appearring! I am determined to fully heal but lingering in my mind is the issue of the screws. I truly hope to keep them there without complication. Ankle now is still a bit swollen and has a reddish hue. Will see doc again in couple of weeks. Wishing all of you healing and blessings...

Jul 07, 2012
Tibial plate & 8 screws - removal
by: Anonymous

I had a car accident In May 2010, broke tibia & fibia & part of ankle joint. Yesterday (6/3/2012) I had all the metal work removed due to pain, and I'm bandaged up, but not using crutches. I'm able to walk on it. It was the consultants decision to do his as he said it speeds up recovery. Hoping it's nor too long before in back driving, as I have a 4 month old daughter and need to take her to check up appointments!

Jul 02, 2012
Update 5 days after
by: Anonymous

Left ankle lateral malleus fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my lateral malleus and has orif surgery, after 5 months I had to have the hardware removed due to pain. It's been 2 days will keep you posted once I start walking!

I have starting walking but it's pretty painful, will update next week.

Jul 01, 2012
femur and hip joint fracture
by: nandan

I had accident on April 2009.At that time my car accident happened and Femur and Hip joint fracture. After operation I recover. After two year paining in backbone created.Doctor advice me remove the rod from Femur bone and operate but screw hole in the bone not fill two week after.can give me advice how long period of healing the screw holes.

Jul 01, 2012
femur and hip joint fracture
by: nandan

I had accident on April 2009.At that time my car accident happened and Femur and Hip joint fracture. After operation I recover. After two year paining in backbone created.Doctor advice me remove the rod from Femur bone and operate but screw hole in the bone not fill two week after.can give me advice how long period of healing the screw holes.

Jun 29, 2012
broke both ankles
by: Donna in Ga

I am recovering from broken ankles and I'm thinking about having the hardware removed. My left foot has a screw that must come out because it is backing out. My question is about my right foot. I broke it in 3 places and I'm wondering if I should have the plate and screws removed. I really don't want to have more surgery than necessary. My PT thinks the hardware is causing more pain. I would really appreciate your advice. Thanks.

Jun 28, 2012
Update
by: Melanie

Just found out recently the arthritis in my ankel is already at a moderate level after only 6 years. Had arthroscopic surgery to clean out dead tissue and arthritic bone, but it did not aleaviate my pain too much. Told since that didn't work probably when I turn 50 which is in 6 years I will need a ankle fusion,,,,UGH! Any post surgical info on this lovely operation??

Jun 27, 2012
Left ankle lateral malleus fracture
by: Anonymous

I broke my lateral malleus and has orif surgery, after 5 months I had to have the hardware removed due to pain. It's been 2 days will keep you posted once I start walking!

Jun 08, 2012
a few weeks
by: kieran

hey had the same break as you did with pretty much the same surgery. after the pin going throuhg both bones was out it took me about 2 weeks to be able two walk and i was running( somewhat ) with in 2 months. however it will still be a long recover with a break as bad as we had.

Jun 08, 2012
a few weeks
by: kieran

hey had the same break as you did with pretty much the same surgery. after the pin going throuhg both bones was out it took me about 2 weeks to be able two walk and i was running( somewhat ) with in 2 months. however it will still be a long recover with a break as bad as we had.

May 17, 2012
still suffering
by: Anonymous

I rolled my ankle December21,2011,the result was I fractued mt fubula,and took my ankle is the tendon.The dr put in a plate,a screw,a anchor,and 17 pins.The pain was unbearabl.I am still in physical therapy and doing well.The problem is walking when I do I feel like something is digging in my muscle which makes my walking very limited.I know my own body and know something is not right here,hopefully my appt on the 21st of this month will reveal the problem.I want my life back.....

Apr 27, 2012
REMOVAL OF HARDWARE?
by: Linda V

I broke two bones in my ankle and 5 in my foot two years ago. I have 1 plate, 13 screws and 2 pins. I am in constant pain. How unfortunate this accident was, it has definitely changed my life style. I am happy I can walk, but sometimes get real tired of the pain.

Oct 18, 2011
ankle fusion
by: Anonymous

I had sub joint ankle fusion on june 27th 2011 and no pain i will be having my screws out in november 7th 2011 still wearing an air cast boot and on crutchers was 12 weeeks no weight bearing its been a lot longer than i expected

Oct 12, 2011
extreme pain
by: Anonymous

I need help. I had surgery to remove screws and a plate from my foot. At the same time I had two toes straightened. They both had dissolving pins placed in them. One toe is okay the other is giving me unbelievable pain it is swollen and red. Has anyone experienced this if so let me know.

Sep 28, 2011
tib/fib damage rod/screws
by: Anonymous

I had to have a rod in the bone (that was drilled to make it fit) in tib from my knee to ankle. I've since had the screws removed just below knee and just above ankle. they healed within a few weeks. the rod was left in place and gives me a great deal of pain. I'm very limited to the amount of time I can stand, walk, etc. running is completely out of the question. After 20 minutes WALKING on a treadmill I'm limping with sore swollen leg. occasionally pain goes up into my thigh. I can't take it anymore (now 3 1/2 years). What is the risk of leg breaking and bone not being able to repair itself if the rod is removed?

Aug 23, 2011
trimalleolar fracture
by: Kath

Jan 24 2011 I fractured my left ankle - dislocation and trimalleolar fracture - 31 January 2011 Surgery: open reduction and internal fixation: This resulted in ‘k’wires to the bones on the inside of the left ankle and plate and screws to the bone on the outer side of the left ankle.
The 'k'wires were removed on 16 May 2011. REjection set in of the plate and screws and they were removed on 16 June 2011. It is now 23 August and after two weeks of a back slab and up to today a boot I have just been told it will be a further four weeks in the boot. I am 60 yrs of age and normally very healthy but the holes in the bone is taking forever to heal. Don't know how I will end up and what permanent disability I may encounter. I must admit as of today I have had enough and just want to walk again.

Apr 22, 2011
Remove ankle fusion and have returned to give movement to the feet.
by: hernan jose

anyone know if they have removed the ankle fusion and have returned to give movement to the feet, please write urgently

Apr 06, 2011
Plate and screw removal
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle over a year ago and had everything removed 5 weeks ago. I didn't like the discomfort that the hardware caused me but still returned to my active lifestyle. I ended up bending a screw that was affecting my ankle joint so I had to have the hardware removed.

My question is: After 5 weeks, my ankle is still swollen and sore. I don't know if that is normal. My doctor gave me a rigid splint wrap that I have to wear when I walk for 3 more weeks. I hate the wrap and I think it might be the cause of my pain. I am wondering if the splint is absolutely necessary because I have read your comments and have not seen anyone mention having to wear one of these. Any suggestions?

Apr 01, 2011
Kneeling Scooter
by: Anonymous

I haven't noticed anyone mentioning the awesome kneeling scooters. I bought one from the orthopedic supply store near me (used) and have been enormously thankful for it. It kept my broken ankle elevated and the pressure off...without crutches. Crutches are so awkward and an accident waiting to happen all by themselves. Initially I had bruised palms of my hands and all kinds of logistic problems with crutches. The scooter is easy to take in the car, so you can use it outside as well as in. Stairs are of course a problem, but the scooters can be rented as well as bought.
I am going for a consultation about having the hardware removed from my ankle in two weeks, so will update my blog then.
I wanted to thank everyone so very much for input. My doctor wasn't going to talk with me even on the phone about the removal of the hardware, but was insisting on an office visit. I only have a Health Savings Account (HSA), so my fees will be out of pocket, so to speak. I told his office help I would make my own decision and probably go to another doctor if I had the hardware removed, but he reconsidered and is seeing me "free of charge." I put that in quotation marks because I have already paid a small fortune for the original surgery and aftercare...not to mention the physical therapy and equipment purchase.
More after my appointment with the doctor mid-April. Again, thanks everyone for your input.

Mar 17, 2011
Removing pins after 6 weeks??
by: Nat

Hi all. i fractured my tib and fib on 22nd January. went into surgery after a week. i have a plate and double pin above the ankle and below the knee. Surgeon said he would remove the double pin above the ankle before i can weight bare. Is this normal??

Mar 05, 2011
ankle fusion screw removal
by: ann

had ankle fused in july 2010 have had pain ever since was told to wait a year then have the screws removed ankle and leg have been swollen painful and red since any comments on the screw removal and healing process would be be great.i still walk with a limp and need a cane for stability am i rushing this or would screw removal help. was originally told i would be healed in 3 months big joke.please comment if you can help

Feb 27, 2011
screw too long...
by: Anonymous

I had acl recon about 2 weeks ago. In the post-surgery xray I saw a screw below the knee (don't know why it's there at all actually) which the doctor confirmed is too long....
Is this bad?
Has anyone ever seen this before.
Thanks to a painful infection that is slowly going away right now I haven't particularly noticed any pain from being stabbed by the end of that screw but I'm worried about starting PT on it for fear of damaging some soft tissue in there.
Has anyone ever heard of this or have an idea of where I'm headed ?

Feb 18, 2011
pain after plates
by: alex

I had pain fully up until a year afterwards. Very rare I would have a day without until I had hardware removed. Now most days are pain free already just 5 weeks after. I was able to do a triathlon 7 months after surgery with plates but not pain free.

Feb 18, 2011
Pins and rod removal
by: Barbara

I fractured my tibia fibula and ankle joint
late August 2010. I feel great and walking at least 2 miles daily. The doctor recommended the
rods and pins be removed. I really don't have much pain but wonder in the long run if it is best for the ankle to heal totally if the hardware is removed. Anyone have any advice on this? Thanks much~

Feb 17, 2011
Pain after syndesmotic screw surgery
by: Anonymous

I had a plate and two screws put in my ankle after a break / really bad sprain. After the surgery I had a severe amount of pain, but after 7 weeks of non-weight bearing the pain subsided and the surgeon said I could start fully weight bearing and I might be able to be walking without a limp within 6 weeks. It has been about 4 weeks now that I have been walking and in addition to the limited range of motion I am still having a significant amount of pain. It is sort of stabbing pain especially when I push it a bit, like walking faster or trying to go down stairs. I expected weakness, swelling, and maybe a bit of an ache but I did not expect this much pain 11 weeks after the surgery (14 weeks after the initial injury). I am wondering if it is normal or if something is wrong. Has anyone else experienced this?

Feb 10, 2011
Hardware removal
by: Alex

Had 18 Screws and 2 plates removed from my ankle 1 year after accident. I don't regret it at all! Less pain going up and down stairs, when weather changes, etc. It's been 4 weeks and Doc says I have 4-6 more weeks to let the bones fill in before I can resume sports activities. I'd ask if they could remove it all if I were you while they have you under. I was wavering before surgery, but the decision to have everything removed was a great one for me.

Feb 05, 2011
screws removel
by: Anonymous

had sub talar jointfused three year ago and have two large srews in ankle due to arteritis i am about to have srews removed has anyone had this op

Feb 05, 2011
screws removel
by: Anonymous

had sub talar jointfused three year ago and have two large srews in ankle due to arteritis i am about to have srews removed has anyone had this op

Feb 05, 2011
screws removel
by: Anonymous

had sub talar jointfused three year ago and have two large srews in ankle due to arteritis i am about to have srews removed has anyone had this op

Feb 05, 2011
screws removel
by: Anonymous

had sub talar jointfused three year ago and have two large srews in ankle due to arteritis i am about to have srews removed has anyone had this op

Jan 30, 2011
Compound tib/fib, titanium rod and 4 screws, con't...
by: Anonymous

So, I met with the surgeon I chose because he has removed a lot of hardware although he specializes in joint replacements. He and I agreed to remove the four screws, two in ankle, two inside of calf below knee, and leave the rod--much more invasive and requires general anethesia and two weeks on crutches. Tomorrow is the big day, and although all the protocol takes most of the day, the procedure should take about 30', and I can walk out, no crutches, and pretty much do whatever I want right away. It takes a couple of weeks for the holes to fill in, but the bone all around is strong enough, is the way I understand it.

I am very optimistic for a much improved condition and effectiveness for skiing and anything that requires flexing my ankle--yoga, hiking, biking, windsuring--everything I like to do, all compromised at this time.

Will post the results from screw removal! Yea!

Jan 29, 2011
The car ultimately won...but the bike got revenge
by: Anonymous

So I was hit by a car while riding my bike in June 2010, don't worry my bike broke the windshield so I feel I put up a good fight. The first impact of the car was on my left leg, smashed my tib/fib to pieces. I had surgery, two rods that go from my ankle to knee for both bones and numerous screws. In June 2011 I have the option of taking the hardware out. I am graduating from college and am planning on moving to Australia with some friends for a year. The dilemma: will this surgery keep me from working? will it be painful? will the hollowness in my bones fully grow back to one solid bone? I'm a marathon runner and plan on running again one day, if I keep the hardware in will the impact of running put pressure on the rods at my knee joint?
So many questions and things to consider, it's kind of stressful/scary. Thanks in advance for any advice I receive, I feel for all of you out there who have hardware in there bodies, sending healing thoughts your way!!

Jan 22, 2011
Compound tib/fib, titanium rod and 4 screws
by: Anonymous

Hi, I read with great interest all the comments. One is very similar to my situation. I am four years out from a compound tib/fib, and, although it took almost 9 Months to stop gimping, I skied the next season without any problem. The end of the next season, I started getting this nerve-y, weakness in the leg, especially when skiing. Was pretty good all summer, but my hip started getting tighter and I had a limp when I walked more than 100 yards. Enzymes and 3-in-1 joint forula, along with foot massage have helped immensely. Made it through next ski season, but it was on and off with the pain--only in that ski boot! This has all progressed towards now being unable to ski at all--not so much pain as that nerve-y weak feeling with no strength to flex the boot. Cannot walk in the the boots and limp to the lift! Have decided I need to have two large screws in ankle and two above on inside calf removed. Would like to pull the rod at same time, but will hear what the doctor recommends on Monday. I am freaked out totally, but feel I have to get all the hardware out, as I am not getting any younger. Love to hear more comments from anyone in my situation. Should I pull the screws leave the rod? Big question...

Jan 19, 2011
Both ankles crushed in Accident
by: Anonymous

I was in a horrible car accident on 1/6/08. As a result both my ankles were crushed. I had 3 toes fused, 2 bone graphs, a cadaver bone, 3 fusions of different foot bones, 16 pins, and 5 plates in my left foot. This Friday I will have a pin removed for the first time. My body is rejecting it and causing an abcess on my foot above it. I am also having the wound debreded at the same time, and will have a wound vac on. I am scared of the outcome and was looking for some advice. I will follow up after surgery and post how everything went. The wound vac scares me the most! Any and all thoughts and prayers will be appreciated please! Thank you for your time!

Jan 13, 2011
massage and stretch
by: Anonymous

stretch stretch stretch. i had a tib/fib compound fracture in june 2010 from playing soccer. a rod with 5 screws was placed in. i am running (though awkwardly) for short distances and have a good recovery. i attribute it to good eating habits and constantly stretching and flexing. it still hurts but those silly worthless exercises the therapist gives you actually help. start on the elliptical (low impact) or a slow jog in the pool (that was incredibly helpful with my ankle pain). i'm wondering about getting the screws out too, but don't rush anything. that's what i learned b/c of my injury and my recovery. pressure and time is the best policy. a little pressure over a long time

Jan 10, 2011
screws removed
by: Anonymous

I am amazed at all of the stories about broken legs !! I broke my tib-fib in '92 due to a ski accident. I had a rod and 3 screws in place. I just had the 3 screws taken out Dec.'10 (doctor said that the rod was entirely inside the bone and would be bad to remove). It is still too early to decide if my removing the screws will help relieve some discomfort I was having, but I am very hopefull. I am 38 and just didn't want to do this while I was healthy.

Jan 08, 2011
Scared/Nervous
by: Anonymous


I had a bad accident Sept 13,2010. I broke my fib and tib.. I have 6 screws total and a rod. I am scheduled for surgery on the 19 of Jan to remove one screw that hurts me when I walk or bend my foot upward. I have a lot of stiffness also. Is the surgery something to be afraid of and is the recovery time long like the very first surgery. I do have to use pain meds and the patch for relief.

Jan 08, 2011
Scared/Nervous
by: Anonymous


I had a bad accident Sept 13,2010. I broke my fib and tib.. I have 6 screws total and a rod. I am scheduled for surgery on the 19 of Jan to remove one screw that hurts me when I walk or bend my foot upward. I have a lot of stiffness also. Is the surgery something to be afraid of and is the recovery time long like the very first surgery. I do have to use pain meds and the patch for relief.

Jan 06, 2011
response to rikid
by: Sharon

I have 15 screws and 3 metal plates in my ankle after crushing it 8 yrs. ago. Two screws are working their way out. I thought my hardware would be permanent but the situation is changing. BE VERY Happy to keep your hardware because removal leaves fragile holes in the bones where they were until natural regrowth of bone. DO NOT have hardware removed unless it starts to work out....Removal of hardware will NOT improve mobility at all, according to my surgeon. Removal of these 2 screws is a necessity for me and I will keep all others unless shifting, etc. occurs.

Jan 02, 2011
Hardware Removal Surgery 12/27/10
by: Anonymous

broke my ankle on Feb 2009 and had surgery to put a 12 screws and two plates and had Hardware Removal Surgery 12/27/10 but now having sharp inter ankle pain. any help on why the sharp pain?

Dec 31, 2010
broken ankle
by: hicks

DEC 2009 fell and crushed three bones in ankle. yes, really crushed bones up good. had 9 screws and 1 plate implanted. plate on rihgt side of ankle. there was always pain and swelling entire year. screws begin to back out of bone causing even more pain and discomfort. foot started to roll inward when i walked, very painful. Dr. ordered ankle brace that pulled ankle back in correct position. this offered some relief from constant pain and swelling. Dr. was not satisfied with brace and said i should not have to wear it all the time. but this was the only thing that gave me some relief. At this time i decided that i wanted the hardware removed.

SO, Dec 14, 2010 hardware was removed. I wore cast for 2 wks, after that cast was removed and so was the stitches. Ankle cannot bear weight now because of the fear of refracture. so i am on crutches.
Question is, what is recovery time? what can i look forward to? Please, anyone can answer, i will be really grateful. Thanks in advance.

Dec 30, 2010
Post on 12/28 from anonymous
by: Anonymous

There is no guarantee that taking out hardware will help with pain. My surgeon has always said it is a possibility, but I also have arthritis from the severe injury. I am too young for ankle fusion so I have to grin and bear it until the arthritis is too painful and I am older for the fusion. A fusion will take away part of the mobility since the two leg bones are fused to the heal bone so the up and down movement of the foot will be gone, but it should take away the arthritis since the ends of the bones with it will be cut off.

Dec 28, 2010
brook my ankle
by: Anonymous

can anyone help me out here please!! i brook my ankle 1 year ago, now i have plats and screws in. i am having pain and its swollen when i am standing for 3 hours on my feet. i went to the doctor to see if it helps the pain, if i take the screws and the plats out. but the doctor told me that i well still have pain even if i take the plats and screws out. he said i am having arthritis as a result it casing pain. i am only 25 years old. so i am asking anyone who can help me to see its better for me to take the screws and the plats out? does it gonna help me with the pain that i have now? thank you so much

Dec 17, 2010
Ankle hardware removed
by: Anonymous

I am a 53 year old woman who just had ankle fusion October 4 2010 and am now in a full length walking cast and allowed to put full weight-bearing using one crutch for balance. I had a bone graft taken from my hip as well as 3 large screws that will be removed in 6 months. Maybe another doctor's opinion would help those of you who still have the hardware. I was told once the hardware has served its purpose, it's not necessary to stay there. Also the screws oftentimes start pushing themselves through the skin causing emergency surgery to have them removed. I used Dr. Theodore at Mass General Hospital in Boston.

Dec 17, 2010
2 titanimu pins in knee
by: Anonymous

Back in 1995, I had 2 titanium pins shoved into my leg to hold my broken knee in place. I am thankful to have a knee that doesn't pop out anymore; but the pain from everyday is getting worse as the years go on. I have been limping around ( DO NOT have a normal life) I do NOT go hiking or backpacking anymore. I cannot go for long walks, am cold/weather sensitive and it locks up an uncountable times in a days limited activities. I guess I just came here to vent. I am thankful to be able to walk in some manner; but I would surely like to have some cloned parts at this point and remove the foreign matter from my not too old body. Age = 38;(doctors say I am too young to replace the knee)
So, I live in pain, work in pain, and try to grin & bear it!
I pray and hope others have better success and much less pain!

Dec 11, 2010
broken ankle
by: rfkid

i broke my right ankle in three places, i have two plates and i think six screw, all permanent. I broke it just over nine years ago. it is quite stiff at times and i have to use a hand rail going up stairs and down most of the time as i just don't have the strenghth in the ankle to do it without, i am limping a lot, but mostly at night and sometimes first thing in the morning. i am 60 years old. i was never told that i could get the metal out of my ankle. my sister in law also broke her ankle in three places a couple of years after i did, the metal was all removed from her ankle, i am wondering why mine was permanent, any ideas out there.

Nov 03, 2010
sharp pain
by: zarif

I did hardwear removal 2weeks ago and the surgeon said I have to wait 6week and then I can walk now I have pain née and ankel

Oct 28, 2010
tib/fib
by: Anonymous

tib/fib external fixator and all that good stuff just found out that there is scerws n a rod in my leg as well what does it look like and how long does it takes to heal

Oct 06, 2010
PIN & plate removal from ankle
by: Fiona

I broke tib abd fib in December 1999. AFter 10 years, I got a bad throat infection and the beacteria in my blood attacked the site in the bones where the pins went in. I ended up with septicaemia. After that I had the metalwork removed. It was quite extensive as i had a spiral fracture that went half way up my leg and the little knobbly bit on my ankle on the inside had broken off.

I was in hospital just for the day. Had surgery and went home in the evening. I had dressings in my ankle but no cast and had to stay off it for a few days but was able to hobble about with very little pain at all. Took some painkillers for a week but was fine after that. I needed 2 weeks off work but would have only been one if i had a desk job - i'm a teacher. I was told to avoid high risk situations and high impact exercise for 12 weeks while the holes in the bone filled in but have been fine. The range of movement is a million times better. The shape of my ankle is (almost) normal now and the ache and pain I used to have during very hot or cold/damp weather has gone. I wouldn't hesitate to say have it done, take it easy for a few weeks and get on with your life!

Sep 28, 2010
Removing screws and plate experience
by: Tom

I broke my ankle in Jan 2008. I had a plate and 6 screws put it. The ankle was fine afterwards for most things but hurt a little after higher impact sports like running or tennis. In addition the flexibility in the ankle wasn't quite right. 1 year later I had the plate and screws taken out. The flexibility has improved slightly (still not 100% perfect but can walk and do sport as before) and it doesn't hurt as much after high impact sports. Have decided not to do much running anymore to protect the ankle. Hope this helps.

Sep 16, 2010
Not sure what to do...
by: Anonymous

I had surgery 20 years ago to shorten the length of my legs, due to contracture's. They ended up removing 2 inches of bone in each leg and putting plates and screws in place. The recovery process was very long. Now, 20 years later, I am having horrible pain in my legs. It's almost as if I can feel the pins moving. The aching is terrible, and I can hardly walk. I'm debating on weather or not I should have the hardware removed. I went to see the surgeon who did my surgery as a child. He recommended having them removed, but he couldn't do the procedure. I'm having trouble finding an orthopedic that will take my case.... so frustrating.

I enjoy reading everyone's experiences and learning from them, so thank you for sharing :)

Aug 21, 2010
Healing time
by: Adam

My screw just came out my ankle and the doctor wants the bone to heal before I play soccer again, does anyone have a good timetable on when the bone hole will heal because I want to get back on the field.

Aug 19, 2010
ankle screws
by: Happy

Like the majority of comments - steel plate and 7 screws.....the one big difference with me - I had my surgery 19 years ago and just within the last two months began to have slight discomfort. Actually, my ankle seemed to lock up on me and I was afraid I would fall. I am 67 years old and I don't need that. I am scheduled to have three screws removed in a couple of weeks - and I hope I recover quickly - my 50th year high school class reunion is in a month and I don't want to be on crutches! I want to dance with the love of my life....like we did 50 years ago!

Jul 24, 2010
screwed
by: thrasher

I feel so bad for all of us commenting on this site. i didn't break my ankle. My hip started hurting last Sept '09 and i had no idea what was wrong with me. I was a fitness instructor, so i thought i just pulled something. Long story short, in Nov. i found a orth surg that finally told me that i had a stress fracture in my femoral neck. I had surg in Dec where they put 3 giant screws in. I had xrays and a cat scan that said i was healed completely. i still couldn't hardly walk..it is now july, and after 13 different doctors..some telling me that it was all psychological.. i just had the screws removed 10 days ago. I pray that this heals. This has been the hardest thing for me ever. ive been on crutches for 10 months, and now i cant even stand b/c i have to let my leg heal. has anyone else had this problem w/ the screws taken out of their femur? how long did it take to heal? I realize how bad this type of thing effects the rest of our lives, not just physically. my husband and i lost our home, and had to move in w our parents b/c i cant work..we are so in debt, and my 2 yr old is glued to the tv all the time now. I cant wait to get better and get back to work..thx in advance for any replies, and God Bless!

Jul 18, 2010
still in
by: Anonymous

I enjoyed reading all of the responses on here. I live in KC, MO. So this is just my midwest story of what dr's here(from NKC Hospital) say. I shattered my right ankle in 1990 and had a screw inserted on the inside of my ankle. In 2002 I again shattered the same right foot, this time in the same place as the first break from 1991 but now also on the outside of my ankle. This time they left had to place a plate and several screws on the outside of my ankle. My orthopedic surgeon never mentioned removal. He too was one of the dr's who said unless there is a problem leave in.. So here it is almost 20 years from the first screw and 7 years from the second set. I do have cold sensitivity, and sometimes stiffness, but the idea of another surgery and all of those risks scares me more than leaving it be

Jul 08, 2010
Leaving in the tib/fib screw?
by: Anonymous

Has anyone left the tib/fib screw in after an ankle surgery? I have 5-6 others that have to stay, but the doc says the large one going through both bones "could break" over time. He wasn't pushing me hard for the surgery, just explaining the possibilities. I'm at the 3 month mark and can't afford to pay for this, but would do it if I have to.

Jun 10, 2010
Screw Removal just 11 weeks after Injury
by: Sam E.

I broke my fibula and dislocated my tibia on 3-21-2010 by falling down 3 steps, yes, that is right only 3 steps. I had surgery the next day and was in a hard cast for 5 weeks. Once that was removed, I went into an air cast. Within 2 weeks I was walking with a cane and then solo. Then the plate was arching off of the bone and the doc said the stuff has to come out. So on June 3, 2010 I had everything, 1 plate, 7 screws, and syndemosis, removed. I go for a follow up tomorrow and I am nervous because my doc is out of town. I am not having any pain, thank the Good Lord, but my fibulas feels unstable in the socket if that makes sense. I want to walk so bad without the walker but my papers say 2 wait 2 weeks. I feel like I could do it, but I am terrified I am going to refracture the bone. I guess I had to trust my doctor. I do feel better since the stuff has been removed, there is no more random stinging. I will keep anyone out there posted as to what the PA says tomorrow.

Jun 10, 2010
Screw Removal just 11 weeks after Injury
by: Sam E.

I broke my fibula and dislocated my tibia on 3-21-2010 by falling down 3 steps, yes, that is right only 3 steps. I had surgery the next day and was in a hard cast for 5 weeks. Once that was removed, I went into an air cast. Within 2 weeks I was walking with a cane and then solo. Then the plate was arching off of the bone and the doc said the stuff has to come out. So on June 3, 2010 I had everything, 1 plate, 7 screws, and syndemosis, removed. I go for a follow up tomorrow and I am nervous because my doc is out of town. I am not having any pain, thank the Good Lord, but my fibulas feels unstable in the socket if that makes sense. I want to walk so bad without the walker but my papers say 2 wait 2 weeks. I feel like I could do it, but I am terrified I am going to refracture the bone. I guess I had to trust my doctor. I do feel better since the stuff has been removed, there is no more random stinging. I will keep anyone out there posted as to what the PA says tomorrow.

Jun 05, 2010
BROKE ANKLE IN MY GARDEN
by: amanda

ON MAY 5/2010 I BROKE MY TIB/FIB BONE ALSO TOUR ALL MY LIGEMENTS IN MY LEFT ANKLE. I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND THEY TOLD ME ALSO THAT MY JOINTS WERE SEPERATED FROM MY SOCKET SO THEY HAD TO MOVE IT. IT WAS THE WORST PAIN I EVER COULD EXPERIENCE. 10 DAYS LATER I HAD SURGERY DONE AND THEY PUT ONE PLATE AND 9 SCREWS IN ANKLE. ALSO HAD TO GET A SCREW IN MY FOOT FOR MY LIGEMENTS AS WELL. THAT ONE WILL BE REMOVED IN ABOUT 5 MONTHS
THEN THE END OF MAY 14 DAYS LATER I HAD TO GET THE SPLINT OF AND HAVE THE STICHES TAKEN OUT AND A CAST PUT ON UNTIL THE END ON JUNE.
MY DOCTOR TELLS ME I WILL BE ON CRUTCHES FOR ABOUT 2 MONTHS AFTER THE CAST AND I HAVE PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR 5 MONTHS 3 TIMES A WEEK. SOME DAYS I FEEL SO MUCH PAIN AND OTHER DAYS IT DOES NOT EVEN HURT, IM NERVOUS ABOUT THE OTHER SCREW COMMING OUT. THE DOCTOR SAYS I WILL BE ABLE TO WALK ON IT A DAY LATER, BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO EXCEPT. ITS 3 MORE WEEKS AND THEN MY CAST COMES OFF. I HOPE I CAN WALK AGAIN I KNOW I WILL FEEL PAIN IN THE FUTURE AND MAYBE WHEN I GET OLDER BUT WILL I BEABLE TO WALK THE SAME AS I DID ? WILL I BEABLE TO RUN AND DO THE THINGS I DID BEFORE IM ONLY 25 AND IN GOOD HEALTH IM JUST NERVOUS AND DONT KNOW WHAT TO EXCEPT IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.ALL I CAN SAY IS I NEVER CRIED SO MUCH AND FELT SO HOPELESS AT TIMES AND ALL I WANT TO DO IS GET BETTER AND BEABLE TO WALK AGAIN ON MY BOTH FEET..

May 28, 2010
final stage of screw removal
by: alex

September last year i broke my tibia and fibula, i underwent a Open Reduction Surgery were they placed two plates, 6 screws on the tibia and 2 screws on the fibula and one rod across both bones for alignment. 3 months later they removed the rod. I started to walk with crutches and started with therapy. since then my range of motion is good but i still feel stiffness and have discoloration. i can feel the heads of the screw coming out which means its a good sign. i will get them removed in two months. My question is with the removal of the hardware, will the long day of work swellness go down, will my range of motion get better, will i be able to play sports, will it feel the same way as b4???
Please reply anyone who has had the same experience...
thank you in advanced

May 28, 2010
Screw removal
by: Melanie

I had the stablizing screw removed the doctor told me two weeks on crutches, but some people walk out afterwards. The first night is the most uncomfortable probably some pain meds to take the edge of but thats all I used. I am diabetic so I think thats why I was told to use crutches for the two weeks buteven being a large person I didn't need them that long at all. (don't tell the doc). As far as what it did for me...I might have a little more movement but not much and you will still have your good and bad days. I get cortisone shots about every four months, the only other option for pain is to have all the hardware removed but that scares me. I have mild arthritis forming from tramatic injury and have been told that I may need an ankle fusion in the years to come if the pain is too bad. You sound like you may hopefully be better than me I have plate 9 screws and a pin on the other side. Good luck.

May 28, 2010
How long on crutches again...?
by: Anonymous

I broke my right ankle on 14th feb, 2010, was in hospital for 4 days, had surgery with plate and 8 screws. Will have the long one across both bones removed in 2 weeks- have been told it will take 10 days for recovery, but am not sure if this is right. Will have an Arthroscopic check at the same time. My ankle is def not the same as it was before, and it is frustrating because unless you have experienced it yourself, you have no idea of the deep pain. I have a high pain tolerance level, and its not unbearable, but it IS uncomfortable. Some days i can walk almost normally, and then later in the day/another day, i'm limping again. Can anyone tell me how it feels after having the stabilizing screw taken out?
I can actually see the screws on the outside of my ankle sticking out of the skin, the heads when i run my fingers over them. When it is removed can you feel the hole where it was? To anyone just going through the first stages- just keep your chin up and remember how lucky you are to be able to recover, even if it is not to 100%. YOu will have your bad days, but at least you wont have to do any heavy lifting for a while :)
Thanks.

May 18, 2010
Tibia/Fibula broken and one dislocation
by: Vince

I broke my tibia and dislocated my fibula (or vice-versa?) on Dec 2009. I had immediate internal fixation surgery and received a plate and 7 screws. I was in a cast initially for 3 weeks. On January 14th, I had a 2nd surgery to add 2 extra screws and close the gap between two of those bones to minimize severe arthritis later in life. I was placed back in a cast til March. Boot from March 2010 to mid April. Started therapy (had been going great) and had 2 long screws removed 5 days ago. Now May 18th. Increased range of motion, slightly decreased swelling (elevate!), and told by dr. to only use heel walking for 10 days. Not sure the purpose of heel walking but I'm doing fine so far.

May 18, 2010
Tibia/Fibula broken and one dislocation
by: Vince

I broke my tibia and dislocated my fibula (or vice-versa?) on Dec 2009. I had immediate internal fixation surgery and received a plate and 7 screws. I was in a cast initially for 3 weeks. On January 14th, I had a 2nd surgery to add 2 extra screws and close the gap between two of those bones to minimize severe arthritis later in life. I was placed back in a cast til March. Boot from March 2010 to mid April. Started therapy (had been going great) and had 2 long screws removed 5 days ago. Now May 18th. Increased range of motion, slightly decreased swelling (elevate!), and told by dr. to only use heel walking for 10 days. Not sure the purpose of heel walking but I'm doing fine so far.

May 14, 2010
screw removal
by: lyn

my husband broke his tib and fib in october 09,
hes been in a lot of pain since,hes been going to Physiotherapy twice a week for the last 12 weeks and been telling them something isnt right, as the pain in his ankle is pretty bad,
he went back to see the consultant today and they x~rayed his ankle.

Hes been told that the tendon is being stretched over the screw head which is to big, he now has to go back for another op to have the screw removed with in the next few days :(




May 02, 2010
removal of broken screws
by: Ryder

Hey, so I broke both leg bones in my right leg and severed the sydemosis membrane in my leg, along with some ligament damage in Jan of 09....I just found out that 2 of the long screws (permanent) which they placed through both of my legs bones, have actually split in two and are now working their way out towards either side of my leg. I have to have them surgically removed and was wondering if anyone new the recovery time, or how painful the surgery will be.

May 02, 2010
screw removal
by: mm

Trish,
Wondering why u had a screw removed? I had my ankle & subtalar fused 6mos ago but this week the bottom of my heel just kills wt bearing or Not..
Anyone w/same experience please reply
mm

Feb 23, 2010
fixation cage removal pain? Post ankle fusion walking?
by: Ken

I am wondering what the pain level and recovery time is like for the removal of an external fixation cage? My ankle was fused and I've been non-weight bearing now for 2.5 months. I'm scheduled to have it removed Friday (3/26/10). The surgeon said it is a quick procedure - 5 to 10 mins. - under full anesthesia. They plan to put me in a temporary cast post op for just under 2 weeks with no weight bearing and then probably a walking boot with gradual weight bearing. Anyone who can comment re: their experience with external fixation cage removal would be greatly appreciated. Also, for ankle fusion folks, have you recovered anything close to a normal gate or walking/hiking ability?

Thank you!

Ken

Feb 18, 2010
Had ankle fusion June 29, 2009
by: Anonymous

I had an ankle fusion on June 29, 2009 due to bad arthritis in ankles. medication wasn't helping anymore. My doctor recommended an ankle fusion. So I had one the fusion took good, but 6 months later on January 28, 2010 had to have screws removed.I am in a lot of pain. Doctor told my husband he had to drill a whole for drainage. It sure swells a lot. But, by the grace of God it will be fine in 4 to 6 weeks.

Trish

Feb 10, 2010
screw removal more painful than i imagined
by: Anonymous

I was in severe car accident, fractured tib, fib, severe dislocation and bimalleolar fraction (basically my foot was going in the wrong direction had plate with 12 screws (possible permanent) and two larger screws (possible permanent) then a screw that was keeping my ankle bone from splitting like a piece of wood they removed this screw 9 weeks after original surgery the procedure was 10 minutes long with a local no big deal, I went shopping out to lunch, felt great. BIG MISTAKE! I spent the next 3 days in misery with my foot swollen 3 times its size. lesson learned when your surgeon says ice and elevation DO IT!! save yourself a lot of pain and sleep. still not weight bearing for 3 more days, then we shall see

Feb 01, 2010
Screws/Plates out
by: JB

I've had 5 surgeries on my right leg/foot. I had rods and screws in my femur and tibia, 3 screws and a plate in my calcaneus and 3 screws and a plate in my talus. I have had every bit of metal taken back, and it always makes an enormous difference. The femur fracture was the most painful, the tib/fib fracture the most hospital intensive (3 weeks admitted), and the calcaneus/talus the worst recovery of them all. The plates and screws that fused my foot together caused so much discomfort that I didn't realize was attributed almost entirely to the screws and plates until I had them removed. Most of the discomfort in my foot has left, with the exception of some stiffness still.

Prior to hardware removal, I'd wake up in the morning and stand at the side of my bed stretching my ankle/foot/Achilles for 10-15 minutes before I could walk without being hobbled. After removing the screws, I have to stretch it for about 15 seconds.

The screws ALWAYS irritated my tissue. It never mattered where the screw was, how low-profile it was, how many there were. They always hurt. Sometimes I didn't realize they were hurting until they were gone, but if you ever have the option to get hardware out, DO IT! Have them take as much out as you can. Your body and bones are not static like metal. If your body no longer needs the assistance, do everything you can to have your doc take it all out.

Jan 27, 2010
Screw Removal
by: Lori

I broke my tib & fib Dec 2/09 and underwent surgery that evening. I was in a cast and on crutches for 7 weeks (no weight bearing). The cast was removed at 7 weeks and at 8 weeks the screw (through my fib & tib) was removed. I have now been given the okay to weight bear (25% week 1 and increasing to 100% over the next 4 weeks). The orthopaedic surgeon froze the bottom portion of my leg and using xray technology located the screw and "backed it out". The entire procedure took 10 minutes and turned out to be really no big deal - I had expected much worse! I am still using my crutches and will probably need them for another 4 - 6 weeks & will start physiotherapy tomorrow. Good luck to you.

Jan 27, 2010
Screw Removal
by: Lori

I broke my tib & fib Dec 2/09 and underwent surgery that evening. I was in a cast and on crutches for 7 weeks (no weight bearing). The cast was removed at 7 weeks and at 8 weeks the screw (through my fib & tib) was removed. I have now been given the okay to weight bear (25% week 1 and increasing to 100% over the next 4 weeks). The orthopaedic surgeon froze the bottom portion of my leg and using xray technology located the screw and "backed it out". The entire procedure took 10 minutes and turned out to be really no big deal - I had expected much worse! I am still using my crutches and will probably need them for another 4 - 6 weeks & will start physiotherapy tomorrow. Good luck to you.

Jan 20, 2010
REMOVAL OF SCREW
by: Janey

Hi

I broken my ankle 8 weeks ago. I had surgery of pins and plates too. A week later I went back to the fracture clinic to be told this procedure hadn't worked as my tendons and ligaments were broken/damaged too! The following day i was admitted to have a screw inserted through both of the ankle bones - very painful.
After my visit back to fracture clinic yesterday I am now back in hospital next Monday for the removal of the screw but the pins and plates will stay in. I am dreading this and would appreciate any comments of anyone who has had this done and what the recovery/procedure is after this. I would never want to be like this again and understand the comments on what people have been through.

Thanks

Jan 06, 2010
i was told 6 weeks on crutches
by: Sandra

I broke my fibula in September 2008. I have surgery scheduled to remove the plate and screws this coming Monday, but after the pre op appointment today, I am seriously considering cancelling it. I was told I'd be on crutches for 6 weeks. Can that be true? I was expecting a walking cast for a couple of weeks. I can't take another six weeks of crutches. I am so disappointed. I was so looking forward to getting the screws removed that stick out of my skin. But is it worth six more weeks of crutches. I have to mention I got terrible shoulder bursitis/ tendonitis last time i was on the crutches that is just starting to fully heal.

Dec 07, 2009
Hey Healing
by: maine girl

I would recommend asking your Dr about MAC with a local. They only numb a little area and give you something to sedate you. I had my screw removal surgery at a Day Surgery center. 20 minute procedure got myself off the operating room table. 30 minutes in recovery. Walked out of the Surgery Center with just the socks they give you. Not a big deal at all. I worried a lot for nothing.

Dec 07, 2009
maine girl
by: healing!

hey maine girl i have to get my screws out soon, could you let me know all about your experience?? i do not know whether i want general or local anesthesia...was yours in the hospital, how did they sedate you? you could just walk afterward? how long until it was unnumb and how long did you stay at the hospital or drs office? THANKS!

Nov 17, 2009
Tib fib fracture
by: Mike

I had a Tib fib fracture in December of 2008. The break was just above my ankle. I had a rod inserted the entire length for the tibia, and several screws to hold it in place. The bones are now healed, but my mobility is far from perfect. After consulting the orthopedic surgeon that put the leg back together, a podiatrist, and a orthopedic that specializes in feet and ankles. The best explaination is that the foot and ankle is no longer the way it was and I have to live with the consequences, which include foot and ankle pain and soreness especially on the outside of my foot. I also have nerve damage in my knee to the point that I will probably never be able to kneel again.

Nov 12, 2009
tib and fib spiral fracture
by: Anonymous

I broke my left tibia and fibula about 5 months ago. a spiral fracture near the lower part of my leg. they put in a titanium rod through the length the of the fibula with two screws at the top and two and the bottom. Surgery was fine, recovery was slow and painful, on my feet in 3 months, Crutches, cane, walking. Now I am concerned with my range of motion, i feel like the screws near my ankle are messing with the tendons that work my big toe and the second toe keeping them tightly curled. I did some Physical therapy,and had weekly leg/foot massages. I now walk and ride a bicycle in the mornings and at night for exercise, as well as stretching and i haven't seen much improvement...are the screws the problem? or is simply stretching and exercise going to do the job?

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Nov 03, 2009
Screw Removal Surgery
by: Maine Girl

I broke my ankle on Aug 1 2009 and had surgery to put a bunch of screws and plate put in on Aug 7th. I had the 2 screws removed yesterday, Nov 2nd from my ankle. I was so nervous but I decide to have a local and MAC (Monitored Anesthsia Care). It was awesome. They just sedated me enough to get me through the procedure. Walk away from the surgery very minimal pain.

Sep 12, 2009
Response to Dizzy
by: Melanie

Unfortunately this is now a way of life. I also broke my tib and fib with a dislocation. I had external fixation while the swelling went down then the internal fixation with a plate 7 screws a pin and two other criscross screws. i did have one screw removed last December but it did little to help any discomfort, I would have just left it alone had I known how little it would matter. So just be aware of the fact that your ankle will not be the same again and you have to learn its limitations. I feel for you and all of us commenting on this site probably do as well. Good luck, take care.

Sep 11, 2009
screw removal
by: Dizzy

ok so i broke my ankle 2 yrs ago this past june, it was absolute hell what i went through. i fractured tib and fib and dislocated. i have a plate and six screws i can feel one coming to the surface so i am considering having it out. my range of motion is not that bad but i feel the hardware i can't put pressure on that foot i.e. sitting indian style or sitting on that foot hurts tremendously. does anyone have any advice?

Aug 29, 2009
2 plates 10 screws
by: Anonymous

I fell on July 3, and broke my fib, tib, shattered my ankle bone. I am supposed to have the long screw taken out, but am not sure when they will. The surgeon is a man of few words. I am pretty nervous about this though, and appreciated finding this website to see it is not such a big deal. Better than having the major surgery all over again! Thank you for your comments, all.

Jul 16, 2009
After surgery
by: Anonymous

When I had my one large screw removed it was in and out at a surgiclinic at the doctors offices. It had some pain associated for a couple of days and I use crutches (well I was told too) for two weeks. I could really put my weight on it w/o pain in maybe a week if that. Although I guess I should have listened to what the doctor told me. With several scress being removed I wouldn't think you would be back riding or doing stunts for atleast 4wks anyway.

Jul 16, 2009
broken ankle screw removal
by: Anonymous

ive been riding bmx and mx for about 16 years now i have two broken ribs one spiral fracture ankle with a plate and 12 screws one fractured collar bone and a fractured spleen. yes.. look it up they saved my spleen after a handle bar went into it. my question is i can deal with alot f pain but yet i coughed hard the other day and heard a pop in my right side rib that i don't think has been broke but yet im going in one week to the orthopedic surgeon to get the screws removed out of my ankle since three are bent from riding. what is anyones suggestions for how long or how painful it will be untill i start riding again?

Mar 31, 2009
Whats the recovery time for removal?? ANYONE
by: Anonymous

I broke my tib and fib in August had 7 screws and a cage placed. Saw my Doc today said that whenever I wanted to I could have them removed. Could don it on a Fri and be back to work on Mon. Is this recovery time sound about right?? They cause me lots of discomfort and pain so I really want them out...

Mar 27, 2009
Ankle Fusion Screw Removal
by: Rick

Just got out of ambulatory after having a total of 5 screws ( two seperate times )including two big ones on Monday. Had fusion originaly done November 07. I guess except the holes that need to be filled in with new tissue bone it seems ok and no more pain.
They want me to come in March 31 when they will give me a boot. I can't wait that long and will try get in sooner. Otherwise I must use crutches with just an elastic bandage and I can't help but to putting weight on it i.e. going up and down stares forgeting to use the crutch etc.. The old aircast got trashed after several months from the first recovery but is really good for this sort of thing but are hard to get and very expensive unless you get it from the Clinic or hospital. I know after that kind of surgery everything down there is like glass. I don't want to mess things up after all that I've been through.

Mar 27, 2009
Afer 3 or 4 days
by: Rick

Just got out of ambulatory after having a total of 5 screws ( two seperate times )including two big ones on Monday. Had fusion originaly done November 07. I guess except the holes that need to be filled in with new tissue bone it seems ok and no more pain.
They want me to come in March 31 when they will give me a boot. I can't wait that long and will try get in sooner. Otherwise I must use crutches with just an elastic bandage and I can't help but to putting weight on it i.e. going up and down stares forgeting to use the crutch etc.. The old aircast got trashed after several months from the first recovery but is really good for this sort of thing but are hard to get and very expensive unless you get it from the Clinic or hospital. I know after that kind of surgery everything down there is like glass. I don't want to mess things up after all that I've been through.

Mar 19, 2009
how long for recovery
by: kris

i have 8 screws and a plate in my left ankle. i had 2 spiral fractures and dislocation. that was almost 1 year ago. the screws are so close to the surface of my skin you can feel the phillips head through my skin. they sre removing them. my dr. said it would only be 4 to 5 days recovery. does that sound right?

Jan 04, 2009
recivery after removal
by: Anonymous

My hardware removed one large screw and they had me non-weight bearing for two weeks. More to heal the incision than the bone. A smaller person than myself would probably be partial weight bearing. After the two weeks the doctor checked my incision and I carried the crutches and walked out. As far as pain the cut is still tender in areas but I used pain pills a few times during the first week and that was all really.

Jan 04, 2009
Screw removal- why and recovery time
by: Jodi

I broke my ankle in 3 spots about 6 months ago. I never went to rehab for it and have amazing movement in my ankle. The only problem i find with it is my ankle get stiffs and takes a few steps before it becomes movable again. Also the screws jab into my leg. But thats not the reason for removal. My doctor planned from the start to remove them, but not all. But from other people experience who I know with screws in their legs say tbat keeping them in causes discomfort, especially in cold weather. Which I have noticed myself. If you ahve the option I would go for it. Your bones heal pretty well, it just takes time. So after they are healed theres no need for those screws. It also allows for more movement. I hope this helped.

And i wanted to know the recovery time after the screws are removed? Im going back to school right after and am worried im going to miss a lot of school due to pain. anyone have any idea of how long? and will i be on crutches?

Nov 26, 2008
Removal or Not
by: Melanie

The only reason I am having any hardware removed is it has become a problem. This one screw goes through the tib and fib and held them locked together for healing purposes. That long screw has done its job and the Dr. feels that by removing that screw I may gain more range of motion and have less pain in the future. I have usually been told that hardware can stay in unless it becomes symtomatic, painfull. The remaining plate 8 screw and the pin I have will remain in place. Good Luck

Nov 23, 2008
Remove or not to remove- screws that is.
by: Anonymous

My son (15) broke tib & fib and had severe dislocation. I am confused as to why or why not the screws should come out. Can you help? This happened 2 weeks ago and we are considering getting a second opinion just to be sure.
Thanks

Oct 27, 2008
screw removal
by: Mary Ann

I had plate and screw insertion 7 weeks ago in Kansas for broken ankle. The orthopod in Kansas said I would have screw removal in 6 - 8 months. However we live in Michigan and my local orthopod wants to remove the screw at 7 weeks. When do most people have the screw removed? Also how soon will I be able to start rehab after the screw is removed.

Oct 02, 2008
Removal of Tib Fib Screw
by: Melanie

Thanks Bart

My range of motion is not that bad obviously I don't have full range though. I credit my ROM to my therapy starting at home before I could even get out to a therapist group...this made all the difference in the world along with the removable cast to allow more movement with therapy. The removal of the tib-fib screw is to hopefully allow more ROM and to eleaviate pain at the site.

Aug 20, 2008
How's your motion?
by: Bart - SII

As far as the actual recovery time after surgery, it will probably be fairly rapid - maybe a few days on crutches, 2-3 weeks for the scar to heal, and then back to activities.

What is your ankle range of motion like now? Is it limited and that is why you are having the hardware removed? Did you do any rehab after your first surgery once you were out of the immobilization period?

Taking the screw out hopefully will allow for better motion in your ankle, but regaining that motion will likely be a long process.

I had a patient who suffered a similiar injury - he had a plate, 6 screws, and a tib-fib screw - I saw him 9 months after his initial surgery, 2 weeks after his tib-fib screw removal. He was fine as far as the second surgery recovery, but his motion was significantly limited because of the first surgery. We worked for about 6 months to get his motion back to about 75%. I believe his restrictions were primarily due to not having any rehab after the first surgery.

Bart

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