Broken Ankle Surgery

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I had a broken ankle that had reconstructive surgery. I have hardware still in my ankle as of 04/30/2019. Should i have it taken out. I have a lot of swelling as i work as a driver, in the morning bad stiffness, and pain as well. I am just making 50 on May 27, and I also have not had any type of medical treatment at all after the black boot was put on. No other braces, no physical therapy, nothing. I am now trying to fix this issue. First steps help please from here?

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    How long ago was your surgery? Mine was one year ago, still pain/swelling so I'm going to see my surgeon on 5/7 to see if he can answer the question you asked.

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      I'll let you know what surgeon says since we are virtually at the same point in recovery. The other suggestion on this feed was exercise, well I did PT, I move lots, stretching my ankle, but no amount of exercise helps me. We are all different. I tend to think damage to the tendons is my remaining pain. My ankle was dislocated when I fell too, lots of trauma.

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    my doctor told me that if the hardware is not causing any problems to leave the hardware in the ankle. the problem with the stiffness is that you need to rehab and do excercises to the ankle. broken ankle 3 places with 7 screws and two plates and no problems at all and 50 in three months. i make sure that 3 times a week im doing some type of excercising to the ankle whether its running on thread mill or toe rises. the will not get any better without doing something

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    Hello. My orif bimalleolar ankle surgery with plate and screws was done on 11/2017. I am hurting, swelling, limping, nerves bad, tendons inflamed, hurt when shoe rubs up against it, and fed up. Surgeon keep saying the bone is healed...its your tendons and don't wanna remove the hardware. The swelling is awful. When I was in the boot, It rubbed so bad i couldn't wear it or ankle brace. The doctor keep saying to give it time. Let me know if you have any ideas in the future.

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    The hardware would be problematic if it is a cause of pain. Normally, it would cause pain mainly during movement of the articulation. The doctors probably won't remove it unless you express that sort of pain since there is cost and risk to any operation. Swelling and stiffness is somewhat normal after surgery. However, with time (months) and rehabiliation, it should be reduced. Some of it might be permanent. The Internet might suggest you to keep your ankle above your heart during rest and use Ice packs and compression sock to reduce swelling but i'm not sure it's very useful 1 year after surgery. For that, I'd suggest you do exercices with the ankle if you are confortable doing so. I did rollerblade which puts lots of pressure on the ankle and, I'm not joking, some fluids literally came out of my ankle scar even if it was more than 3 years after surgery.

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