A 66-year-old male asked:
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Dad got plates in broken leg's bone.Now has infection.Leg turns red and has pus.Doc says when bone'll join he'd remove the plates.Is it safe to wait?

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: This will require control of the infection to allow healing of the unstable fracture, followed by removal of hardware and any devitalized bone, and then retreatment after the metallic devices are out. Long but necessary process. Hopefully your Dad is being seen by an infectious diseases expert along with the orthopedist.
Answered on Dec 28, 2014
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Dr. Lee Wittenberg
20 years experience in Podiatry
If there is an infection near or in hardware (plates and screws), it should be removed, as it can be a direct avenue/extension of the infection directly into the bone. This could result in amputation.
May 30, 2014

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