Back in the walking boot after plate remova

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Hi all, I had my plate taken out yesterday and the procedure went well. I was awake and had local freezing. After surgery my surgeon said I will be back in the boot for 16 days untill sutures are removed. I can't take it if to sleep or shower. It seems like a huge step back for me as I just got walking in a shoe with a cane pretty good. Before he said the plate would be removed and then I would be walking in a few days after. Now he wants non wb 3 days and then only partial wb with boot on until June 22.

It has been 6 mo this for me and I just feel I can't take much more of this. I'm normally quite positive but now am pretty depressed.My hopes of enjoying my summer and walking without aid are diminishing. Did anyone else have to be back in boot after hardware removal?

I'm very sore swollen and cranky!!

Margie

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    How long did you have to wait after surgery to have plate and screws removed?  My ankle is so stiff and my injured ankle is larger than my good one.  I'm walking with a cane, and cannot wait till I walk on my own. 

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      It was 5 1/2 months after my first surgery. I have the boot on for two more weeks and I can on partial wb until then. It feels like a step backwards, but hopefully I'll progress more quickly without the plate getting in the way. I too was in shoe walking with the cane. Swelling was a daily occurrence and will be prob for a year. If the hardware hurts get it out, if you don't feel it keep it in.

      Margie

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    I'm going to get my plate and screws out too but will wait until after the holidays. Do what your doctor says and know that you'll soon be up and running.

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