I am new to the board and like most people here, I'm having a procedure done that I'd like a little more info on. Long story short, I broke my leg/ankle about 9 years ago (I'm 32 now) and had 5 screws as well as a plate holding my fibula together installed. I had one screw removed about 6 weeks after my initial surgery, and now I am having a second one removed. I am getting married in December and had started exercising on the elliptical for a bout 3 weeks, 3-4 x's a week, nothing too strenuous. I went to the doctor after starting to experience a lot more pain. It had been escalating for a while but the exercise just puched it over the edge. My doctor said that arthroscopic surgery would help with pain by removing bone spurs (I imagine these to look like porcupine balls of spikes
) and other junk, and also that taking the big screw out would help.
I've read some of these other threads about arthroscopy, but I'm having trouble finding any info online about screw removal and what happens afterward. The doctor has promised that I will be back up to speed in 6-8 weeks, I guess I'm just nervous that I am cutting it a little close. The surgery is on 9/19, and the wedding is on 12/8. I guess I'm just nervous and need a little reassurance.
I am just in so much pain I don't think I could wait until after the wedding even if I wanted to. This way I can hopefully enjoy my wedding and honeymoon even more.
So, does the arthroscopy really help with the pain? What about the screw removal? I don't know the correct medical term and when I ****** it it's kind of hard find the info I'm looking for? Anyone have experience with this?
-hurting in San Diego