Broke tib/fib

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hey i broke my tib/fib a week ago. the orthopedic surgeon wants to do surgery monday for screws and pins. the x ray shows a clean break. he said bc its 2 bones instead of 1 its necessary. my thing is im scared to have metal in my body. the thought of it rubbing the wrong way terrifies me. can yall tell me if the screws hurt or cause problems?

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    I have several screws and long screw going through back of my ankle

    The long screw is being removed in January

    I cant feel the screws

    I broke my ankle in 3 places in July

    My options were surgery or cast for 8 weeks with no guarantee the bones would heal or align properly

    The surgery enabled me to get out of cast after 4 weeks and go into a boot with partial weight bearing, 7 weeks FWB with crutched

    PT followed and by mid September I was walking in boot no crutches and soon after in sneakers

    The surgery was trouble free for me

    I will tell you the first month after surgery is annoying Can get depressed

    Its hard to go from very active lifestyle to having to depend on others

    Good luck!

    We've been there and are here for you

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    Don't worry I've got plates and screws . had my op 2 and a half years ago and had no problems at all

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      thank you! i am glad to have reassurance. i kmow its silly to be terrified of this but it does terrify me. i just dont want to have surgery to remove years down the road but a few people have told me they have screws ans pins in their body and are fine!

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    My mum broke her wrist in 7 places in 2011 do she has 2 plates and about 12 screws. Her wrist aches and swells at times but otherwise she's perfectly fine.

    Good luck!!

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    i have two screws in the back of my foot . i had ankle and ligament surgery . i dont even know they are in my foot. if doc says u need it dont worry

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    Hello. I broke my tibia and fib 11/17. I had surgery the same night. I didn't have a clean break. I have a friend that did the same thing and had plates and screws. she didn't/ don't feel anything. Well I had mine removed 11/19. I had so much swelling for 2 years. My incision even opened back up because of the swelling. Now I have the hardware out....I'm still on the fence about it. I feel like I did it for nothing. In my case , I swell. Good luck with ur procedure.

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    I broke my tib/fib on Valentine 's Day 2019. It's been a struggle. I was very active before this and hope to be soon. I had my surgery one week after the accident. The doctor had to wait for swelling to go down. I was told it would take a year to recover so I'm right on target. I hope I don't have to remove screws and plate. More surgery and pt!

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