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I broke my tibia n fibia I have plate with 8 screws in on my left leg left side it's healed nice butas of yet am still non weight bearing for 1 week more my problem is that on my right side I have 2 screws and they are very uncomfortable and hurt like hell do you think I could get them removed it's 6 weeks since the operation thanks in advance I'm dawn but am posting under my dad for some reason

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    Think your Dr is the best one to answer that question. My dr said my clamp holding my bones together for a fussion could b removed in two years.

    But this is my situation. Feel better. Patience!

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    Hi Dawn.

    I have 2 screws in the inner ankle bone too. Most of my pain is located here and I too can feel them digging in at times. Due to my bones and how they are now I doubt mine can ever be removed or I would lose a ball of bone which hasn't healed yet after 8 months. I say a ball of bone because that's what it looks like on the X-ray as I lost a lot of fragments when I shattered my ankle. I have much grief in this area. I have heard though that metal should only be removed if it's giving you trouble, usually around the 12 month mark.

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      Thank you for you're message it was broke near the bottom of the bone I'm hoping and praying they can take it out

      I can't wear my robo cop boot for long as the plastic side aggravated the screws they may give me air Walker next week as

      They said something about a full weight bearing one let's just hope they can remove them sorry about you're ankle sounds worse

      Than mine hope it heals well and quickly for you x

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    Talk to the surgeon who performed the op.  It's early days yet and may be too soon to make any sort of decision, either by you or the doctor.
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    Not sure where you're located but in Australia guideline is 10 months. My left side where I had 18 stitches, plate and 9 screws has healed well, but the other side with wires being held together by 2 more screws causes me agony daily and I'm at 10 weeks post surgery, weight bearing. Patience and a good cam boot required. I have to purchase one myself as hospital selection very poor. Stay positive!
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      Thank you Lidia I'm in the UK been 7 weeks since op clean break so hoping won't have to go a long time before removal no wires just 2 long screws I have petit ankle so it's more prominent and soo sensitive I'm hoping for airwalker boot maybe that will pad it better n not rub get better soon stay positive x
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    I broke two bones, inner and outer and have a plate and one screw on the inside. Saying this in comparison to your treatment, mine sounds fairly similar. When I started to hobble with the walker, it didn't feel good. I thought I felt the hardware. Id take a Percocet, wait a bit, than stand, walk and stretch for flexibility. I was surprise that I felt the discomfort that day but not the next. I thought that was excellent progress. After a work out my leg and ankle, at night they were restless and nerves seemed to be maybe reanimating ? 

    Hope this helps

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    Have you broken both ankles?  If it is causing unusual pain they may take it out sooner.  It's been 7 months for me and the doctor said I could have the hardware out now.  I decided to wait 4 weeks mostly because I was not ready mentally to have surgery again.  I can understand why you want it out.  I had hardware in my elbow and it felt so much better once I had it out.  If they think your bone is well healed they will take it out sooner.  With my elbow they didn't want to take it out, but I insisted because of the pain.  My ankle is in pain from the hardware also, however I'm not as sure that it's all from the hardware.  
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      Hi thank you for you're comments it's my left leg ankle tibia tibia the problem is the screws on my right side

      Because I have delicate ankles the screw heads are prominent. And rub I can't put it down on it to go sleep my boot

      When I put it on just rubs even padded around it I'm just praying it's healed enough

      To be removed soon I can recover a lot faster then I hope you get better soon thank you Linda

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    Hi thank you for you're comments it's my left leg ankle tibia tibia the problem is the screws on my right side

    Because I have delicate ankles the screw heads are prominent. And rub I can't put it down on it to go sleep my boot

    When I put it on just rubs even padded around it I'm just praying it's healed enough

    To be removed soon I can recover a lot faster then I hope you get better soon thank you

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