Removal of plate and screws

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Has anyone had their plate and screws removed from the big toe?

After two and a half years and four ops I'm having them removed as they are too painful and making my foot swell, has anyone had problems after the removal of plate and screws?

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    I am having three screws removed Friday week so I will let you know how it goes!

    Theresa

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      Hi,

      Just a quick update, had the three screws removed yesterday.  Am in discomfort rather than pain, inevitable since he opened me up all the way down the original site. Am bandaged up exactly as I was after the bunion surgery but have a flat boot this time as heel walking isn't necessary.  I have been told that I now have to elevate for two weeks with only 5 minute walks in the hour at which stage the stitches come out.  Really I am back to square one but my surgeon is very particular and others may not be quite so strict.  It isn't easy to have gone back to this stage but he says that this will leave me back to where I was before I had the screws out except for a bit of up and down swelling in two/three weeks. I trust him and will stick to the rules as I want to be back to normal as soon as possible.

      I will let you know how it goes when I have the stitches out. 

      Some surgeons may just go in above the screws but mine doesn't because this creates more scars, this means that I only have the one scar.

      I have to say that other than the discomfort from the wound there is no pain in fact (unless the bandage is concealing it) the discomfort where the screw had moved appears to have gone. I will be able to confirm this once the bandages are off.

      Hope this helps a little. 

      Theresa

       

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      Thanks for letting me know Theresa, I'm wondering if the toe will now be floppy?!

      strangely I am looking forward to having the metal ware taken out, the pain is far worse than the bunion. I understand what you mean by square again!

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      Remember the bone is healed so there will just be a small hole that will need to fill in, there should be no change to the toes from the way they are now. The bone just filles in naturally.
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      Hi Teresa, can you tell me about the problem you had to start with? I am having significant pain when I walk under the bunion site on the bottom of my foot and wondering if it’s the screws? How are you now? Thanks so

      Much maria 

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      Hi Teresa,  where was your pain? Did it show up a problem with the screws in the xray? I am 6 months post bunion surgery abs still have pain in the call of my foot and wondering if it may be the screws. I can’t walk without limping. So terribly sad. Hope to hear from you 
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    Update for you, had the stitches out Thursday and went straight back into a trainer.  The scar is far less "scabby" than the original bunion surgery and I think will heal a lot quicker.  The pain I had under the foot has completely gone, I have a strange twinge under the big toe but think that may be the bandaging I had irritating something and it already seems a lot better.  The toes are really stiff again but loosening up a bit each day.  There is swelling but not drastic and hopefully will get better each day.  Start physio next week which will really give me an idea of how it is going so I will give you a further update again.  I have been told to increase my exercise slowly.

    So far all seems good and I am glad that the screws were taken out.

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      I'm not looking forward to the removal of the stitches again!

      Have you got any movement in your toe? Since the first fusion I had no movement, looks like I have to wait until November for the op as there is a long waiting list.

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      I didn't have fusion as I do low level ballroom and latin dancing and couldn't afford to lose any motion in my toes so I have close on (not quite) the same as I had before. He did scarf and akin so fusion wouldn't be necessary.

       

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    hello last year I had a bunionectomy and a second toe shortening and I have a screw in that second toe and I have a plate on the side of the bunion was removed and I have no problems thank God for. Hope everthing goes well for you.
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      Hello, I had similar surgery 11/28/17 to repair torn tendon in 2nd toe and remove bunion. Tuesday I am having a CT to determine having plates removed as well as the bone under big toe. Am hoping for just the plate but will go along with what will finally give me relief. Happy to hear the plate removal wasn’t too bad for you 
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    Hi Terri, 

    How did it all go? I’m having pain and swelling  in my footpad and a click when I walk on the top of my foot and thinking it may be the screws. Removal in 2 weeks.  Interested in hearing how you went and how it is now. Maria 

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