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Plate And Screws In Ankle
Have a plate, 11 screws in ankle. I know when it's going to rain before the weatherman knows. It starts hurting bad. Why? What makes it do that?
Nothing to worrisome: It is not in your head. I don't believe that we have a complete explanation but we do know that change in temperature and barometric pressure can change the pressure around the tissues and joints. Therefore if there is already disruption of the equilibrium of the joint through a metal plate or screws, it leads to perception of pain. ...Read more
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
Ankle orif 8 screws/plate outside, 2 screws inside ankle. All removed due to infection 6/29/13. Normal to still have pain & flexibility probs? Prognosis?
Best answered: By someone reviewing your xrays and examining your foot. Residual pain is certainly plausible from the injury itself...Osteoarthritis is a possibility as well. If your hardware was removed due to an infection then your immediate concern should be the infection being cleared and then discuss with doc how we can move forward from there....Your too young to have continued pain... ...Read more
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
I had plate and screws in my ankle when the boot comes off my foot around the wound and ankle is numb to touch why would this be and is it normal?
Could be: Some numbness following internal fixation surgery is normal. The cutaneous sensory nerves can return after some time. However, depending on your specific injury, there may have been nerve injury during the trauma or surgery that is irreversible. See your orthopedic surgeon for more details. ...Read more
I had my plate and screws removed from my right ankle 12 days now but my dr does not want me put any weight on it as he had to shave off bone.
Common: After removal of orthopaedic hardware, especially when bone was removed to get the hardware out, or smooth off bone overgrowth, it's common to limit weight bearing for 4-6 weeks. The bone is surprisingly susceptible to fracture after removing a screw. 4-6 weeks is the time needed by the bone to strengthen around the screw hole. ...Read more
Nine years ago I had a T plate and seven screws implanted in my ankle. I have had constant ankle and leg pain. Where can I get the plate removed?
East move to make.: It would be wise to first have a competent specialist evaluate your ankle. This could be an orthopedic surgeon or a trained podiatric surgeon. Once it is determined that your foot and leg pain are indeed caused by the hardware, then the proper steps can be started for the removal of such. You can try first seeing your family physician for a referral if the original surgeon is no longer available. ...Read more
I had surgery last wednesday and had a plate and 7 screws placed in my ankle I changed the dressing and its been bleeding. Is this ok?
Why: Did you change the dressing? Did you surgeon advised you to do so? You need to go back in for redressing by the surgeon. ...Read more
I had ankle surgery 8 weeks ago complete with plate and screws Got infection over the plate. Now the plate is exposed. Should I go to the ER
They were put: There to correct a problem such as a fracture. ...Read more
I'm having 12 screws and 2 plates removed from my ankle on monday. Is it going to be as painful as the last op when I broke it? Thanks g
A bit better: Generally hardware removal is quite a bit easier and less invasive than putting everything back together. From my experiences, patients do very well with this and seem to be quite relieved to have screws and plates removed. ...Read more
Can go either way.
Depends on if the hardware is bothersome after you heal the fracture.
Plates and screws are used to hold the bones in place til the fracture heals.
Once healed, the hardware is useless...
Consult your doc if you feel you want the hardware removed. ...Read more
Pain infection: If your screws become loose in your ankle then it may cause you pain or some other symptom like numbness or opening of wound. Usually screws only need to be in for a certain amount of time in order for your bone or other structure heal. Usually the screws are not necessary after healing has taken place. If it's a concern hardware can be removed. Loose hardware in a joint can be a serious concern. ...Read more
I had ankle surgy about two years ago leaveing with seven screws a plate I brused it bad now there is a knot been there for 3 months what should I do?
Screw head: The knot is probaly a screw head it can be removed if loose amd backing out or interfering with shoe wer otherwise leave it. Follow up with surgeon. ...Read more
Screw removal time: Usually removal of older fixation screws in the ankle is a simple procedure and recovery is fairly easy as long as your bones are healthy. After the screws are removed, it is prudent to use a CAM walker for about 2 weeks to allow the bones to recover any strength lost from the openings that remain. Pain after removal is usually minimal from the skin incisions. ...Read more
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 significant and require Non Weight Bearing status for the bone to fill in and regain its strength. Check with your surgeon for post op WB instructions. ...Read more
Yes if it healed: Remove screws will leave holes in bone it take up to 2 month to fill, I usually place patient non weight bearing till I see xray the holes is filled. ...Read more
It should actually decrease healing time.
The screws and plates are preventing any shifting of the bone. ...Read more
I have a wound on my ankle, I hve a plate and 5 screws attached, cud a screw coming loose cause the wound? How do I fix this.
X-rays: You need to have x-rays to check on the hardware, then a decision cn be made if the wound is related to it or not. ...Read more
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
I had ORIF in ankle/fib 1 yr ago. Recently the plate/screw site is very painful to the touch as well as pain in inner/back of ankle. What could it be?
Why not have: Xrays and see the surgeon? Could be the hardware is irritating you causing you to walk differently. Consider having the hardware removed. At his point it should of performed its job. ...Read more
Acupuncture can be: Used to help with inflammation, pain ; infection in this setting. Sterile, single use disposable needles are used. Infection rate with acupuncture is very tiny due to small diameter of needle and solid bore (vice open bore). It should be noted that needles are not placed into infected tissue. ...Read more
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