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Hello, I'm 38 years old and recently suffered a broken ankle (fractured fibula) in my right leg. Unfortunately, the center of the wound became infected and opened up around 2 weeks in, and looks a little bit like a bite from a zombie in The Walking Dead. Anti-biotics haven't done the trick, and wound-care specialists seem to be at a loss. The surgeon is suggesting to take out the hardware he put in just under 2 months ago, as he suspects the hardware is infected and may be causing complications with the healing of the wound. It's been 2 months, and I can't walk without the assistance of crutches. Seems most people are walking by this time. The doctor originally said I'd be walking by 6 weeks, but here we are at 8 weeks and I'm behind schedule. Just wondering if there's anyone out there who has been in a similar boat who may have some sort of advice.
I'm debating taking out this hardware in hopes that it helps, but I'm also afraid that it could be too soon to remove the hardware, and even concerned about the complications of more infection post-removal, or even the bone requiring a little more time with that plate in.
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