Cast and stitches removal

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Hi. I broke my ankle two weeks last Monday in two places and Have a plate and screws fitted.

I'm due back at the hospital to have the stitches removes and the cast replaced.

What should I expect? Will it be painful? Will I have an X-ray and will I have a fibreglass cast?

Thanks in advance x

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    No it shouldn't be painful.they might take your cast off and put another on. They use a small saw and cut both sides and it should come off easily, don't be alarmed it don't hurt at all..stitches shouldn't hurt.Good Luck it will be ok smile

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    Hi

    I had similar injury in October having the stitches out was uncomfortable but did not hurt. I had an ex ray and then a fibre glass plaster after the 2 weeks. This was on for 6 weeks and had to remain non weight bearing while this was on. I then went into a moon boot for 3 weeks and started physio. Ive still got a long way to go and it is a long and frustrating process to recovery but you will get there. Good luck

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      Hi, thank you for your reply.  Have they given you a rough date for when you can drive/go back to work?
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    Hi Tina,

    I had my cast removed 2 weeks ago and I was sent for an X-ray once it was removed. It wasn't painful to have the cast removed and I can't advise on stitches I'm afraid because mine are the dissolving type.

    I was put in to a boot for 4 weeks from this point and told I have to be non-weight bearing but can take it off to shower and do exercises to get my ankle moving.

    Feel free to message as you're only a couple of weeks behind me so I may have already gone through some of the things you might wonder about.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery smile

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    Hi Tina

    It is my left ankle and I was given the OK to drive about 9 weeks post op. I had my op on 14th Oct and can currently drive better than I can walk still need both crutches outside the house in the house can manage with non when shuffling round. I have had 3 physio sessions so far and I have been advised to be off work until the end of Jan when I next see the consultant. I must admit I had thought once physio started I would make more progress. This is my experience and everyone heals at different speeds. From reading a lot of posts on different forums the general consensus seems to be it takes time and patience the second I have little of. Good luck.

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