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How long should the screws in my tibia from an orif be protruding past my bone?

How long should the screws in my tibia from an orif be protruding past my bone?

Enough to hold bone: Depending on what was used to fix your tibia, screws should engage the bone. Usually the tip of the screw may protrude a few millimeters. Because the tibia is a subcutaneous bone in certain areas (it is right under the skin), sometimes the tips of the screws can be symptomatic. After your bone is healed, you can discuss the appropriate time to remove screws if they are symptomatic. ...Read more

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Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Can the procedure for removing long bone screws from the fibula to the tibia be painful?

Can the procedure for removing long bone screws from the fibula to the tibia be painful?

"threaded splinter": It sounds like you may be referring to screw hardware removal from an ankle syndesmosis injury for which two screws were placed across your fibula into the tibia. Theses screws are commonly removed (akin to a "threaded splinter") as an outpatient procedure once adequate healing has occurred. Pain should be considerably less than the perioperative pain who had at the initial surgery. ...Read more

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I m 51 yrs have ostio perosis congenital a plate and several screws in the top of my tibia should I remove the plate I m worried about the bone not healing properly ?

I m 51 yrs have ostio perosis congenital a plate and several screws in the top of my tibia should I remove the plate I m worried about the bone not healing properly ?

Osteoporosis: If you have osteoporosis and a fracture that was repaired with a plate, it is usually not necessary to remove the plate unless it starts to cause a problem. The bone heals around the plate, and removing the plate may cause weakening of the bone. Talk to your orthopedist for specific advice regarding your situation. ...Read more

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How do I know how strong my bone is after ORIF&nailing of tibia as it heals?only clear xray enough 2determine bone strength or other technics r there

X-ray should: X-ray should be enough to see fractured bone is healed but if you think you are high risk for osteopenia or osteoporosis DEXA scan might be helpful. Do not forget about high calcium diet and Vit D supplement . ...Read more

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I broke both tibia ad fibula just above the ankle joint and dislocated my ankle. Surgery three months ago fixed the bones with a plate and five screws in one and three screws in the other. I still cannot bear weight on the affected foot and when I try I g

I broke both tibia ad fibula just above the ankle joint and dislocated my ankle. Surgery three months ago fixed the bones with a plate and five screws in one and three screws in the other. I still cannot bear weight on the affected foot and when I try I g

Healed?: I suspect if you still can't bear weight that the bones have not healed or have shifted in a way that causes pain. You need to see your orthopaedic surgeon for x-rays and an evaluation. Make sure they review your injury and the current state o healing with you. ...Read more

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I has an ORIF procedure done on my right clavicle( collar Bone) using Titanium plates and 7 screws. Its healing now. Do I need to remove the plate ?

No hardware removal : You do not have to have the plate and screws removed unless they are prominent and rubbing on the skin or are causing pain. Routine plate and screw removal is not usually done because it requires a second surgery and there are holes in the bone where the screws were removed that may make it easier for the clavicle to fracture in the future. ...Read more