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I broke my fibula in 2 places a year ago, had surgery 4 days after incident, now I have a metal plate & 8 screws. Lost most motion. Swells, hurts, why?

I broke my fibula in 2 places a year ago, had surgery 4 days after incident, now I have a metal plate & 8 screws. Lost most motion. Swells, hurts, why?

Seek help!: If you have lost motion in your limb (I'm assuming that is what you mean in your post), then you need to seek immediate medical care. Swelling can also be due to a blood clot, or infection of hardware. Again, this constellation of symptoms requires more evaluation, probably in an emergency room. Good luck! ...Read more

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My left ankle is two inches bigger than my right due to severe swelling, often painful. Is it because of the metal plate and screws? It's been a year

My left ankle is two inches bigger than my right due to severe swelling, often painful. Is it because of the metal plate and screws? It's been a year

Swollen ankle: Should be looked at by your surgeon. Swelling can be due to the original injury and or the surgery that followed. It can also be post operative swelling, either way the ankle needs to be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi there, basically I had surgery on my left ankle 4 years ago roughly I have a metal plate and screw on the outside and 2 pins on the inside.?

Hi there, basically I had surgery on my left ankle 4 years ago roughly I have a metal plate and screw on the outside and 2 pins on the inside.?

Possibly: Ankle fractures requiring surgery can be stabilized a number of ways. A typical fracture pattern is stabilized with a plate and screws on the outside bone (fibula) and screws or pins on the inside bone (tibia) if needed. ...Read more

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Hi there, basically I had surgery on my left ankle 4 years ago roughly I have a metal plate and screw on the outside and 2 pins on the inside.?

See below: It sounds like you had a typical repair of a fractured ankle. If you are now hurting then either the plates and screws need removing from possibly loosening or you are developing post traumatic arthritis. X-rays and eval recommended. ...Read more

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Do metal plate and screws in ankle cause the bone to get crushed (or cause bigger injuries) if the same ankle gets re-fractured in the future?

Not really: Most often if an injury occurs to an area that has been fixed it usually isn't an issue unless the previous hardware was damaged. Get x-ray to find out. ...Read more

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Had 2 operations on big toe, now it is inch shorter. First for demi joint, second metal plate w/screws. Now 6 yrs. On & off strong electrical pain.?

Had 2 operations on big toe, now it is inch shorter. First for demi joint, second metal plate w/screws. Now 6 yrs. On & off strong electrical pain.?

Nerves or hardware: Pain could be from nerves in the area being pinched by the abnormal biomechanics caused by the shortening or could be from loosening of the retained hardware. I would go to your surgeon for an exam and x-ray. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an MRI scan with metal plate and screws on a broken bone?

Is it possible to have an MRI scan with metal plate and screws on a broken bone?

Yes: This is not a contraindication to mri. If the treated bone is itself being examined there may be metal artifact that limits what can be seen. However, the procedure is safe. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if a metal plate with 6 screws in ankle will set off the detectors in the airport?

Does anyone know if a metal plate with 6 screws in ankle will set off the detectors in the airport?

Non Magnetic: They probably will not set off the metal detector as they are non-magnetic. And I have had no patient mention to me that their fracture hardware set off the detector. ...Read more

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Hello, is it possible to have cervicle fusion without the use of metal plates and screws. I heard they are only there to secure the fusion.?

Hello, is it possible to have cervicle fusion without the use of metal plates and screws. I heard they are only there to secure the fusion.?

RARELY: One level cervical can be performed successfully, they are rarely performed. Anterior extrusion of the bone graft may occur interfering with swallowing. The use of hardware is designed to provide a stable environment to assist in maturation of the fusion, this is especially important in patient who smoke. ...Read more

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Does metal plates and screws in lower leg can cause pins and needles and tingling in the foot.

Does metal plates and screws in lower leg can cause pins and needles and tingling in the foot.

Usually not: But may be close to a peripheral nerve, and potential of irritation from instrumentation or perhaps scarring. You may have initially injured a nerve, and the tingling is a sign of regeneration. Your surgeon can check this out, but likely not a major threat or issue. ...Read more

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How is trimalleolar fracture curable by insertion of metal plates and screws?

How is trimalleolar fracture curable by insertion of metal plates and screws?

It will help to: Position of the bone correctly so it will heal correctly. ...Read more

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How much is trimalleolar fracture curable by insertion of metal plates and screws?

How much is trimalleolar fracture curable by insertion of metal plates and screws?

Very: This one is among the severest of fractures; and the 'hardware' is placed to stabilize the joint so it can help the joint heal. ...Read more

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Ankle swollen for 3 yrs now after surgery and stiff. Scar remained brownish in color. Metal rods, screws, and plate still inside.

Ankle swollen for 3 yrs now after surgery and stiff. Scar remained brownish in color. Metal rods, screws, and plate still inside.

ANKLE SURGERY: Sometimes, after ankle surgery, people just stay swollen forever. Or, it could be the hardware, Get a new x-ray. ...Read more

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How painful is collarbone realignment surgery, with a metal plate.?

How painful is collarbone realignment surgery, with a metal plate.?

Clavicle pain: Once the bone heals, it isn't usually painful. The prominence of the plate can be tender for a while. There may be some numbness along the scar. ...Read more

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What's a good way to address leg pain caused from a metal plate?

Speak with Ortho: This issue should be evaluated by your orthopedist to determine the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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I have a metal plate in my ulna. Should I be able to feel the metal plate under the skin?

I have a metal plate in my ulna. Should I be able to feel the metal plate under the skin?

Metal plaat question: It is possible. An xray of the painful area may narrow the search and an appointment with your orthopedic surgeon is advised to complete the evaluation. ...Read more

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Have a metal plate on face from injury sustainedthree years ago. Last few months increase in facial pain. Now have hard knot on cheekbone- painful.

Infected plate: If the increased pain and swelling is in the area of the pain, the plate/screws may be infected. See an oral surgeon or ENT doctor for this problem. ...Read more

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What is the metal plate for my hand and arm made of?

What is the metal plate for my hand and arm made of?

Plates hand fracture: Traditionally of out of metal alloys with titanium being a very popular component. ...Read more

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