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A 19-year-old female asked:

i fractured my fibula a year ago and they put a plate and 6 screws in it. i'm having it removed and was wondering how long the recovery time was?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
4-6 wks.: Hardware removal from the distal fibula(near the ankle ) is commonplace. At your age you should be nearly 'recovered' @ 6 wks. Or so. The screw holes left behind do need to 'fill in' before you can fully released to all activities( sports).Best of luck!
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 31 years experience
Less than initially: Be sure to talk this over with your surgeon. You are entitled to ask as many questions that you have. The removal of such hardware will involve the healing of the soft tissue and skin incision. The bone will also go through healing, as it fills in where the screws penetrated. As with any surgery, it will be important to follow your post operative instructions. Recovery will be quicker.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.

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