A 30-year-old male asked:

How long until the plates & screws in elbow to fix monteggia fracture can be removed? need another surgery?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe never: Hardware or instrumentation does not always need to be removed unless it is prominent & then painful. Otherwise, the screw holes that remain are potential sites for re fracture until they heal & there is an increased risk of surgical complications with a second surgery & possible range of motion loss. Discuss with your surgeon your options. You have to be healed plus some time depending age.
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Why take them out?: The plates and screws use to fix your fracture rarely need to be removed and can be a difficult procedure. Once the fracture is healed, the hardware is no longer needed. If the hardware causes a problem, it can be removed. I would wait 1- 2 yrs before electively removing the hardware. Activity restrictions are needed after surgery for a limited time.
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Last updated Nov 23, 2016


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