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Old 03-10-2009, 09:42 AM   #1
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how does the doctor take a screw out of your foot?

how does the doctor take a screw out of your foot? And how long were you down? I had a bunion removed a few years ago and one of the screws have come up (I can feel it and it rubs when I wear certain shoes)

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Re: how does the doctor take a screw out of your foot?

for mine, which is from a triple arthrodesis, there are 2 screws in my navicular bone....he said come in, local anesthesia, go home with a qauze pad. so in the foot it might just be a minor thing. mine rubs too, probably will get it out this summer.

one of my athlete had a screw removed from lower leg and got put under though??? so i am just going by what my doc said.

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Re: how does the doctor take a screw out of your foot?

When my mother had hers removed, they did local anesthesia but also a sedative. They make a small incision over the screw, remove the screw, use stitches to close you up and you go home with only a small bandage to cover the incision. They recommend low impact activities on the foot until the hole in the bone heals, but my understanding is other than your foot being sore for a few days, you are able to put full weight bearing right out of the doctors office.

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Re: how does the doctor take a screw out of your foot?

I was on crutches for 24 hours. I opted to stay awake so they did a nerve block. It took about 20-30 minutes. I had one large screw in the back of my heel so had one small incision with a couple of stitches covered by a band-aid.

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Re: how does the doctor take a screw out of your foot?

Sometimes they will even take it out in the office, especially if it is proud or you can feel it thru the skin. Because you now have a hole in the bone from where the screw was, they might want you to limit the weight on the foot so you avoid a fracture of the bone. Good Luck

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