Re: Metal plates and screws in my forearm - PLEASE HELP
My daughter was scheduled to have the plate and screws removed from her arm tomorrow. Yesterday at her pre-op, the Dr said he was refusing to do the surgery because the complications were too high, and the plate and screws have only been in 2 years. He said that he would have to chisel away bone that had already grown over the plate to get to it, then, after taking the screws out, she would be left with a bone that would basically be swiss cheese. He said, yes, the bone would grow back, but it could take up to a year to fully heal (she's 9!, their bones are supposed to grow faster!!). He also said, the holes that would fill in would always be weak points in her arm, and would have the same risk of breaking as it would with the edge of the plate. His biggest reason for not wanting to take out the hardware though was the potential for nerve damage. He said that there is a major nerve that lays across that bone, and if it doesn't heal right, not only could she loose feeling in it, but she could be permanently paralyzed in that arm. These are definitely things to consider when thinking about this surgery.