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Hardware: Should the hardware be taken out?
The decision to have elective surgery or any other form of treatment is, in general terms, always the same. Is the benefit to be expected from the surgery so great that the risks are worth taking? If you look at that question there are three issues
Myles Clough MD OS Jan 3 2002
My OS said that the plate and screws must stay in. I had a tibia plateau fracture on 10/29/02 and still have a lot of pain. The more I do and the more I walk, the more it hurts. One screw on the x-ray goes right through the tibia. The OS didn't seem concerned so I never asked but I wonder if that's why I have some of this pain.
Caathy, I also had a tibia plateau fracture during sept. 2002, surgury on the 1st of oct. I have two screws all the way through the tibia (well, almost) and a graft. I have that same deal of it hurting more as the day goes on, and also the screw heads seem to pierce my flesh every time i bend my leg.
my left leg was fractured in 1974 it involved tibia.bone plating was done becouse of nonunion eventually it healed but the plate is still there after 30 years i am a regular jogger sometimes it become very painful any advise?
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