Hardware removal surgery

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Hi there,

I had ORIF on my ankle 6 months ago (Bimalleolar Fracture), 7 screws and one plate.

I dont have any major issues no pain, and not much swelling (as I have a 9-5 office job so I dont really move much). However I do feel the difference in stiffness - I was advised to take out the hardware now so i can recover quicker and won't cause any issues in the long term. I am booked in to take this out next month.

Is there anyone out there that has been in the same situation, and if you can let me know the recovery time, pain etc. My surgeon tells me as it is taking the hardware out that recovery time is only max 1 week and I will be back on my feet as per normal.

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    Hello Paris

    I had ORIF in March and removal of 2 large screws in June. Your surgeon is correct: it is not a big operation and recovery is quick. As soon as I came round after general aneasthetic I was able to walk and there was very little pain. I definitely noticed that there was less stiffness. The only drawback for me was that I was advised not to drive for 3 weeks!

    All the best.

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    my surgeon explain to me that if the hardware isn't causing any problems its best to leave the hardware in place . i still have good range of motion, no pain and back to normal activities from trimalloar surgery and dislocation. i guess every surgeon and individual is different

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    My ortho-surgeon said that the hardware stays unless there is a problem. I knew someone that had it removed, and it took more than a week's recovery too..


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    i had a plate and 6 screws in my ankle. Feb 1st 2018 the plate and 5 screws were taken out. I immediately felt the relief! I was in a walking boot for approximately one week while the incision was healing. After my surgery my tendon bothered me quite a bit so they had given me a steroid shot which alleviated the pain. I still have one screw on the inside of my ankle that he will not remove due to fear of permanent nerve damage. I wish I could have gotten this last pin taken out.

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