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How can you heal after removal of plates and screws of a broken ankle

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Neilsen
18 years experience Family Medicine
With time: Screws and plates are used to stabilize bones as they heal - like an internal cast. After the bones are stable, typically the hardware is not necessa ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Parodi
15 years experience Podiatry
Follow-up: Continued pain after a broken ankle is common, often another procedure is necessary. See your surgeon for new x-rays and an exam.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Bromson
33 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Most plates and screws used to fix a broken ankle are meant to be permanent; however, there is no harm in removing the hardware if it causes problems. ... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Veres
17 years experience Family Medicine
Ankle fracture: it is highly unlikely that you could dislodge the plate in your ankle from bumping it
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Hecht
43 years experience Podiatry
Screw removal time: Usually removal of older fixation screws in the ankle is a simple procedure and recovery is fairly easy as long as your bones are healthy. After the ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Healing: They are used to hold the bones together to achieve healing.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bernstein
31 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Broken ankle: Sounds like you need to see an ankle specialist. You should not be swollen at this point. You may need the hardware removed as well as repair of you ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vern Christensen
25 years experience Podiatry
Possibly: If the initial ankle injury involved the joint surface, pain can persist for a long time. Anytime a joint is involved in injury it is possible for po ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Outpatient surgery: I expect know hospital stay. General anesthesia or nerve blocked would be performed!
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
6-8 weeks: While the bone usually heals in 6-8 weeks patients often continue to have symptoms beyond that time. This is due to the soft tissue injury that also o ... Read More
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