In August 2010, I had a lapidus arthrodesis surgery of the first metatarsal ray.
The surgery was unsuccessful and did not alleviate the metatarsalgia in the ball of my foot (supposedly due to hyper flexibility of the arch). Since surgery my foot pain has increased and become more complex. I am going to request to have the screws removed in the hopes that it will at least alleviate the sharp pain and sensitivity I feel on top of my foot, and the increased pain I feel during rainy/cold weather.
I am of course wary of more surgery, but this seems like a good choice. I have read a handful of posts stating that screw removal has been helpful. Can anyone advise me from personal experience with a similar situation? Has anyone had screws removed and later regretted it?
I just had my plate and 4 screws removed from a lapidus bunionectomy. Mine were taken out due to suspected nickel allergy but to be honest I feel better without all that junk in there anyway. Recovery was a pain, 17 days with stitches and only PWB but still worth it. Good luck.
Thanks for your reply. I'm hoping you are doing well now. Seems people really like having those screws out, which helps me feel better about it. Just waiting for a call back from the doctor to schedule.....