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Doctor insights on: Screws Pins Removed Ankle Bone Fill

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Bone (Definition)

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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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.

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

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Does screw removal from ankle require a cast? Screws removed from bone

Does screw removal from ankle require a cast? Screws removed from bone

Varies: It does vary in part on surgeons preference and also the nature of the bone and fracture involved. When the screw is removed, there is a hollow bone tunnel left where the screw was that slowly fills in with bone. In some situations, this can act as a stress riser to create a new fracture and that is the usual rationale for protecting some patients with a cast after screw removal. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is there usually a period of non-weight bearing after ankle arthroscopy if bone spurs are removed from leg bones? No-microfracture of talus.

As comfort dictates: There is no specific reason that you can not put weight after arthroscopic spur removal. Weight bearing a tolerated usually is your status. Keep the ankle elevated higher than your heart for first few days to decrease swelling. It will hurt to walk on it initially so walkonit if you like to suffer, . As usual it is best to follow the protocol of your surgeon who did it, theyknow the situation best. ...Read more

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I have screws and plates in my right ankle and i feel something on top of foot that may be a screw or bone fragment i had the surgery last october. Is it possible that it could be a screw? It hurts and aches. It only got worse yesterday when i twisted it.

I have screws and plates in my right ankle and i feel something on top of foot that may be a screw or bone fragment i had the surgery last october. Is it possible that it could be a screw? It hurts and aches. It only got worse yesterday when i twisted it.

Very possible: It's not all that uncommon to get painful hardware which if you feel something hard right under the skin it could be that and fairly simple to see on x-ray so see your surgeon. Other possibility is nerve entrapment. ...Read more

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Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more