Re: Metal plates and screws in my forearm - PLEASE HELP
Your biggest problem is going to be getting your insurance company to pay for what they will see as unnecessary surgery. It may be impinging on your ability to get as fit as you want but they will put that up against the risk of anesthesia, blood loss, possible infection and all the other bad things can happen during surgery.
And you'll have a hard time finding an ortho to do it too. I'm hearing lots of stories about orthos refusing to remove old hardware even when there is a problem. They see the risk of doing something wrong and getting sued over a surgery that really is not necessary.
So before you make any decisions as to whether you want to do it, ask your insurance carrier what their criteria are for hardware removal. They may only do it in cases of suspected infection(I may be facing that scenario myself...infection). If they say they'll do it, then ask your doc for his/her advice and if they will do it or not.
Of course if you have the money to pay in cash, then your all set and just have to offer to wave any liability to your doc and hospital and you're golden.