Should I have the rod and screws removed from my broken ankle now that it's healed, or leave them in for life?
January 8, 2010 6:56 PM Subscribe
On 11/15/09 I slipped on ice, fractured my fibula and dislocated my tibia at the ankle joint. I had ORIF surgery that night and a rod and five screws were placed. Since then the fracture has healed and I am having a hard time deciding whether my hardware should stay.
posted by dissolvedgirl22 to Health & Fitness (18 answers total)
My orthopedic surgeon says it's up to me if I want it removed, and recommends it if the metal "bothers" me. Sure, I'm in pain, but is it because of my inhuman parts? If I do this, it will happen in late February - I don't want to wait and miss out on having the surgery covered by workman's comp. What say ye?