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Hardware: Does Hardware have to come out on schedule?

If the fracture is healed and you have normal function there is no disadvantage to waiting for hardware removal (IMO).
The exception is when the screw crosses from the fibula to the tibia (syndesmosis fixation - see the glossary). This one has to come out before you can put weight on the ankle.

Myles Clough MD OS Jan 3 2002


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