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Offline kljschaef

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IM nail removal
« on: March 12, 2008, 02:57:20 PM »
I was in an accident a year and a half ago where I broke my femur, ruptured my patella tendon and tore my PCL.  As a result of the broken femur, I had an IM nail put in the femur.

My knee has now degenerated enough that I need to have a total knee replacement.  Before I have the knee replacement I have to undergoe surgery to have the nail removed.  I have not been able to find much information about hardware removal.  Has anyone had this surgery performed?  How was the recovery?

Thank you very much for any help you may be able to give me!

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Re: IM nail removal
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008, 03:19:44 PM »
I've had an IM nail to the tibia, but it was removed 3 yrs before my TKR. My IM nail was removed so my leg could be surgically rebroken to straighten a malunion of the tibia. Then it was plated. I still have the plate and screws.

 I will provide a link to a website devoted to broken legs. I'm sure someone can answer your question. I post on this site occassionally. Click on discussion. You will need to register if you want to post a question, but it is free.

www.mybrokenleg.com

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Re: IM nail removal
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008, 07:42:04 PM »
Missmyknee,

Thank you VERY much for that link.  It is a very informative site.

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Re: IM nail removal
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008, 02:52:21 AM »
I have not had a nail in the femur, but in my tibia.  OS was not going to remove for my TKR unless he had to, and he had to, they needed to be in the same place.  My OS, who specializes in joint replacements, hips and knees, removed the nail at the time of the TKR. :)  Other OSs I consulted wanted to remove it in a surgery 6 months before the TKR :o :o; too much surgery on the knee for me.

Since you've had trauma to your knee, an OS that specializes in replacements would be a good choice.

Good Luck!

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93 scrambled ankle - PE
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04 hit by car broken leg, ribs AC joint seperation
RTKR  Dec 1 2005
LTKR. IM rod removal March 16, 2006

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Re: IM nail removal
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2008, 01:37:08 PM »
Rozzie,

Thank you very much for your response.  I actually received a message and a referral from you prior for the joint replacement specialist.  I am going to the same doctor you used.  I greatly appreciate your referral.  They are having the nail removed by OSU since they are the ones that put it in and then after healing Dr. Berend is going to perform the knee replacement.

I really appreciate all of your help!

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Re: IM nail removal
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2008, 03:20:00 PM »
Good Luck with your upcoming surgurys.

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OA of knees since 85 
93 scrambled ankle - PE
98 PE
99 anlke fusion
04 hit by car broken leg, ribs AC joint seperation
RTKR  Dec 1 2005
LTKR. IM rod removal March 16, 2006