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Old 10-22-2009, 05:40 PM   #1
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Screw & plate removal, how long will recovery time be??

I have 11 screws and a plate and am wondering what to prepare for as far as time to recover? Will I be on crutches at first? How long? Will I have to go to PT? How long does it take for the bone to grow in? I have a 5 month old and am nervous about breastfeeding on the pain pills? I know I will need help but how much? I will be pretty imobile.

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Old 10-27-2009, 05:25 PM   #2
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Re: Screw & plate removal, how long will recovery time be??

I'm hoping someone can enlighten us both. I have a similar amount of hardware in my ankle (arthriodesis 7 months ago and still needing painkillers even though it has fused), so the hardware may need to come out. From a posting elsewhere on this forum its definitely not in the same league as the original op (oh joy BUT opinions varied on what the removal would mean in terms of 'leaving holes and being vulnerable until they filled in' AND the actual time required for recovery and what recovery entails.

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