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

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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 necessary.
Answered on Dec 30, 2019
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Dr. Eric Bluman
22 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Bone healing?: I assume that you mean bone healing. Plate and screws used to fix a broken ankle should not be removed until the bone is healed and has remodeled sufficiently. After removal of hardware the holes that are left from the screws frequently do not fill in completely. However, in most cases this does not substantially compromise the strength of the bone.
Answered on Jul 8, 2019
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Dr. Vern Christensen
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Depends on bone loss: When hardware is removed from bone there is a "hole" or deficit of bone. Depending on the size and quantity of harware this deficit could be signific ... Read More
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Dr. John Callahan
23 years experience Podiatry
Possibly: As long as the fracture for which the screw was placed is completely healed and more importantly your surgeon tells you you can then do so.
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Dr. Abdulsatar Aboobaker
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Days: Generally abou a week, but check the wound to see that it has closed properly before having stitches or staples removed
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Surgeons : Preference.

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