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A month and 3 days ago I had surgery to repair my fractured olcranon. The bone broke into two so the surgeon was able to use a screw to splint the bones together. However there was a chance that this might not work because of the way the bones grab together–they might not line up properly... and this is what happened.
So, long story short, the surgeon used 2 pins and a wire to splint the bones together, which is actually quite common. However, I can't find much information about post operation.
When I left the hospital I was told not to flex my elbow beyond 90 degrees because the triceps will pull the bones apart (being connected to the wire.) After surgery the surgeon seemed very sure to remove the hardware in 6 or so weeks. But I went to a follow up appt. 2 weeks post op and saw a different doctor about the matter... she then told me to start moving my elbow immediately to prevent it from getting stiff, which makes sense. However, she also told me that I can flex beyond 90° and that the hardware genuinely stays forever unless it's bothersome. In that case, it's only removed in 3-6 months.
My concern is that I'm getting two statements that are contradicting meaning that someone's wrong. But I've been following the second doctors words and have been trying to flex my elbow beyond 90°. At the moment I can flex from about 10° to about 90°. Though 90° flexion is difficult and I need to force it. I feel my triceps getting pulled on when I do and it feels near impossible to flex beyond 90°. It begins to hurt, actually. Right where I can feel the pins.
All that being said, should I keep forcing to get flexion beyond 90°? At the moment I'm trying to get ahold of the surgeon who operated but he's a busy man.
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