Any problems with plates/screws?

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Hello! i had a trimalleolar break a little over a year ago. i have a plate and 8 screws on side, 1 screw in the middle of my tibia, and 2 screws on the inside part of my ankle, and 2 syndesmotic sutures. I havent had any problems, but today i have had a little pain on the side where the plate is. I didnt really give it any thought until i looked at it a little bit ago and i have a huge knot, right in the middle of where my plate is. Like its really big, very tender, and starting to throb. Has anyone had their plates do this? Specifically a year or longer after surgery? i havent, to my knowledge, done anything to it to irritate it.

thank yall!

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  • Posted

    Same here

    Experiencing pain as well.1.5 years after. Wondering is it too late to take them out or what? We both need to go back to the doctor.

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      Last time i was at my doctors appointment in May, he told me i could have the metal removed at any time i wanted, if it began to bother me, so i am assuming yours can be removed as well now! Of course though, i would rather not have another surgery. It's just so strange to me to have this happen so randomly. An appointment is definitely in store for me if this knot doesn't go away; i actually think it is bigger this morning than it was yesterday unfortunately. I hope yours feels better soon, it makes me feel better though that I'm not the only one in this situation.

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    Hello,

    I had the same fracture, but my plate isn't bothering me . I did read that after the bone had healed, plates are no longer needed! It could be scar tissue, it could be anything really. Good Idea to get it checked out.

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      I will definitely make an appointment to get it seen about if it doesnt seem to be getting any better, which its actually gotten bigger overnight. I might just need to get the metal taken out then. I think that is what scares me, is not knowing why its doing this. I hope yours continues to do well and not bother you!

      thank you 😃

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      Hi,

      Yes, good Idea to get it checked out. Thank you, I'm only 8 weeks post surgery, and still in the rehab stage. But I think I'll eventually have mine removed. I have done extensive reading and the conclusion is , it's better to have hardware removed if you can. Things could snap off, like the doctor told me that a pin could snap and stay in my leg, he said that's the worst case scenerio. But there are other things that could happen too. I'm with you on not wanting another surgery.

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    hi, my son had plate and screws taken out, then fused, then total ankle replacement but still in pain. i really feel for you all after seeing what my son is going through. good luck

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