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My injury was last November, surgery in November, another in January. I've been in PT since March, doing well, but the ankle is still stiff, some days worse than others. I know I must have patience. I went to the foot surgeon yesterday for a checkup. After being on this forum, I expect the ankle to still be stiff. However, he started poking around, and on the side "does this hurt?" Yes it did when he PRESSED on it. It's where the plate and several screws are. Dr. took an X-Ray, fracture is completely healed, screws and plate are intact but he suggested having it out!! I DO NOT WANT ANOTHER SURGERY. I told him I have two friends who had the exact same surgery, one 15 years ago, one 4 years ago, and they kept their hardware in.
What have any of you done?
The stiffness isn't anywhere near the plate/screws so I don't think the stiffness would be aleviated. Stiffness is in the front of the ankle, not the side where the surgery was.
Do you feel better with it out, and what is the recovery? Dr. said I could walk on it the next day. But he also didn't tell me what a long recovery the November surgery would be, either.
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