Nicola Stan 7:52am Aug 29 2019
I passed my 'fracturversary' July 26th! I came to the conclusion April (month 9) that I could not get full healing with my hardware. This was after walking daily, swimming, cycling,exercises and stretching. I had a searing , tearing pain in my ankle around the area where the bottom of the plate and screws were. It felt like my soft tissues were being ripped on a daily basis and when laying down something was pulling at tendons. I knew for about 3 months that I could not continue onwards with my hardware. I knew the hardware was creating a crutch to enable my bone to heal, but as soon as my doctor advised that I was near on 100% healed I knew I had to address removal. My doctor was in full agreement and surgery was planned 1 year 1 week after my initial break.
My decision was a no brainer as my pain was in a different area to where my break was, I knew there was something wrong with the hardware.
After removal, my doctor gave me my plate and the bottom was as sharp as a knife - it was easy to see the reason for my searing cutting pain.
I'm 2 weeks after removal now and my second scar is in the exact place as my first and is healing well. I do not have pain in my ankle and the searing, cutting pain disappeared immediately. My Achilies heal was stiff initially but is now reducing with stretches - I can now practice all the stretch my PT wanted me to do and not have pain - WOOO HOOOO....It feels amazing and I can now feel I can fully heal and that is a great feeling.
My reason for removal was the classic reason - pain - If I could have left it in without the need for another op I would have. I'm now going to use this next year to get my fitness back - gentle walking and hiking and do expect some more healing pain but gladly not the searing / cutting pain I had with my hardware.
Once I made the decision to have my hardware removed I didn't fret or worry - I was on automatic, just took each day until my op!
All the best Emily.