Re: Removal of Metal Implants in Leg after 30 years???
Metal implants make for weakened bone underneath. I have bi-lateral knee implants and I've watched through x-rays as the bone behind the implants losses calcium and get weaker. Eventually, they will have to go in and replace the implant as it will come loose.
But I also have titanium rods in my neck and they are off the surface of the spine allowing for some movement and flexibility of my neck, therefore building stronger bone than if I had plates and screws in my neck as most do with fused necks.
So I've seen what plates can do and I'd vote for removal with a careful course of PT after to strengthen the leg muscles and add weight to the area....basically giving the bone the extra weight it needs to re-build the bone. With full body weight and added weights, it should regain the lost calcium it needs to stay strong.
That stress fracture is a sign that you have osteoporosis in that very limited area. I wonder if any osteoporosis drugs could be used to speed it up? Another possibility.
Anyhow, you might want to talk to a physiatrist....doctor of physical therapy and rehabilitation. They would know best.