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Offline brattkids

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After hardware removal problem
« on: August 18, 2005, 08:09:05 PM »
My husband had his Osteotomy hardware removed on July 27th. He is now experiencing major pain where he believes the screws were in the bone. He also has an area if you run your finder along the tibia that feels like there is a deficit- like there is bone missing.

Anyone have any ideas on what could be going on. He goes back to the OS on the 26th and the OS is out of town until then. Is there a chance he could have bone dying?? we are worried that there is something major going on. Is major pain (having to take pain meds) normal this far out??

Thanks to anyone with insite

Paulette
4/04 microfracture
5/04 debris removal
8/04 OATS with synthetic plugs
11/04 OATS traditional autograft medial femoral chondyle
05/05 debris removal and OATS assessment
6/05 Cadaver Allograft OATS lateral femoral chondyle
9/05 OATS redone could not save allograft plug
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Re: After hardware removal problem
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2005, 08:22:44 PM »
Hey,

Was he in major pain to have the hardware removed ????
I am keeping mine in ....  ::)
My OS said if there is no pain, keep all of it in !!!!
Your OS should have told him of any pain that may occour...
The old addage " If it ain't broke, don't fix it " .....May apply here !!!!
I don't think the Bone is dying .... and, you are less than a month out ...Hmmmm .... :P

Whose idea was it to remove the hardware`???
Having localized pain is never a good sign, but, I will hope for all the best for him !!!

Craigger ..  :o :o :o :o :o
2000 Left ACL w/ Hamstring Autograft-Skiing
(failure)
2002 Left ACL REVISION w/ Allograft Ligament.
2003 Left ACL Screws Removed
2005 Left HTO w/ Allograft Opening Wedge, Hip Autograft, Internal Fixation ... Yeah !!!

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Re: After hardware removal problem
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2005, 08:27:51 PM »
Craigger,

He was having trouble in the winter with the hardware causing deep bone pain when it was cold. With working outside his OS suggested that before the winter he should have it removed to avoid the winter trouble again.

But aside from the winter time pain he was having no trouble. I told him to really think about the removal as his bones would be weaker without the hardware. He never listens to me though LOL

OS said he would just be sore. He never said anything about this major pain he is now experiencing  :'(

Thanks for your reply!!! Hope you are doing well!

Paulette
4/04 microfracture
5/04 debris removal
8/04 OATS with synthetic plugs
11/04 OATS traditional autograft medial femoral chondyle
05/05 debris removal and OATS assessment
6/05 Cadaver Allograft OATS lateral femoral chondyle
9/05 OATS redone could not save allograft plug
12/2006 2007 and 2008 scop

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Re: After hardware removal problem
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2005, 11:35:16 AM »
First Off,

I believe your OS should have made arrangements for your husband to see someone else, a colleague, while he/she is away .... He is in pain, and needs to get this addressed !!!

The cold can do WONDERS to exaserbate the pain ... But now, your man has to live with the fact that there is no hardware to hold it together IF there was a problem !!!

Looks like you have, what, 5 more days until you see the OS, right ????  get your questions in order... maybe a bone density scan, if they can ....

I have had hardware removed, and had NO pain ... I liked operation because of the FUN drugs during it ... LOL ::)

Being on pain killers this far out, from JUST hardware removal doesn't sound right ...

I hope all this works out ... Ok ???

Be well ...  8)

Craigger

P.S.- I am sorry to hear about your friend ...  :'(
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Re: After hardware removal problem
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2005, 01:04:14 PM »
Cragger,

Thanks for all your encouragement!! 

I wish he would have just left the hardware in!! I guess I just cant help but think that his leg will be weaker without it. I mean how could it not- now he has holes in the bone that need to heal... Sorry but I am just really frustrated and worried abaout his leg.

His OS is supposed to be one of the best in the nation- he is the Detroit Pistons Team Ortho. but he is not around alot and his office when we do have questions always says well he will be back next week. My husband has full faith in him and I guss that is what counts as it is his leg.

How are you progressing?? Well I hope!!

Thanks again
Paulette

4/04 microfracture
5/04 debris removal
8/04 OATS with synthetic plugs
11/04 OATS traditional autograft medial femoral chondyle
05/05 debris removal and OATS assessment
6/05 Cadaver Allograft OATS lateral femoral chondyle
9/05 OATS redone could not save allograft plug
12/2006 2007 and 2008 scop

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Re: After hardware removal problem
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2005, 04:12:03 PM »

Hi Paulette

How are you, I hope you are well, and how is your hubby doing after having the hardware removed from his leg? As I see from what you wrote he seems to be having a lot of pain.

I am due to have my hardware removed, Nov. 14th. I also had a HTO, but I have a delayed union.

I have a few questions, how long did it take to remove the screws, was your hubby in a lot of pain, how soon was he able to weight bear.

Any advice you can give, I would be most grateful.

Thanks Dee
*Severe Osteoarthritis, Left knee worn out
*I now need a Total Knee Replacement                             
*16/02/04 High Tibial Osteotomy
*14/11/05 Hardware removal plate and 4 screws
*Now suffers from leg length discrepancy of about an inch.
*15/10/08 Bad fall, ACL Tear & Baker's Cyst

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Re: After hardware removal problem
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2005, 02:40:00 PM »
He is doing great now.

The first couple weeks after the hardware removal were hard for him. They had to cut the muscle again to get to the hardware and that was quite painful to him.

As far as weightbearing he could weight bear right away.

The operation itself was less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

Hope this helps and if you have any other questions I would be more than happy to help

Paulette
4/04 microfracture
5/04 debris removal
8/04 OATS with synthetic plugs
11/04 OATS traditional autograft medial femoral chondyle
05/05 debris removal and OATS assessment
6/05 Cadaver Allograft OATS lateral femoral chondyle
9/05 OATS redone could not save allograft plug
12/2006 2007 and 2008 scop

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Re: After hardware removal problem
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2005, 03:21:58 PM »
Thanks for your reply Paulette, glad to hear your hubby is doing well, how are things with you? I hope you are well.

Also I forgot to ask, how long was your hubby off work for?

Thanks Dee
*Severe Osteoarthritis, Left knee worn out
*I now need a Total Knee Replacement                             
*16/02/04 High Tibial Osteotomy
*14/11/05 Hardware removal plate and 4 screws
*Now suffers from leg length discrepancy of about an inch.
*15/10/08 Bad fall, ACL Tear & Baker's Cyst















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