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what are the pros and cons for getting the hardware removed from a trimalleolar fracture with dislocation surgery

A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Need Orthopedist: Trimalleolar fracture is fx of medial and lateral bone sticking out at both side of ankle and piece of calcaneus (heel) bone. Once the bones completel ... Read More
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
13 years experience Podiatry
Little: If your injury has healed fully, there aren't any cons, besides the risk of undergoing surgery itself and its related anesthesia. Generally, most ankl ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Yes: It takes a good surgeon and lots of physical therapy.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
37 years experience Podiatry
Yes: Many people are able to resume all their activities after fully healed and have gone through physical therapy. You may develope some arthritis down t ... Read More
Dr. Rajeev Sehgal
24 years experience Podiatry
Yes: There will be some limitation of motion even with the best reduction of the fracture. You probably will develop some arthritis down the road. The you ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Hulett
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Ankle and horses: It would be presumptuous and rash of me to tell you that absolutely you will ride again. However I strongly suspect you will. Physical therapy will in ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ayres
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depends.: An ankle fracture that heals in perfect alignment usually leaves little or no impairment. Some individuals may be left with post-traumatic arthritis o ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Carter
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Nickel allergy?: If you have a history of contact allergy to nickel which often causes a rash where jewelry touches your skin, you may have a similar kind of reaction ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Tonozzi
29 years experience Family Medicine
Arthritis: You've probably got some arthritis building up in the joint. X-rays and a consult with an orthopedist would be next steps.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience Sports Medicine
Surgery likely: Most trimalleolar fractures are unstable, meaning they involve significant ligament injury & the bones will not heal in the correct position witho ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lim
29 years experience Podiatry
Internal fixation: A trimalleolar fracture involves the medial and lateral malleoli and the third is the posterior aspect of the tibia. Usually the fractures are reduce ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Leland
30 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Many variables: Results from ankle fracture management depend on the surgeon's ability to obtain "perfect" alignment as very subtle discrepancies can have profound af ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Hard to estimate: was INSTRUMENTATION USED?? The best source of information about recovery time should be YOUR SURGEON HE/SHE knows best what you have to "overcome" ... Read More

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