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Allergic Reaction to Screw in Tibia?!
« on: January 14, 2011, 12:32:45 AM »
Hi there,

I've seeked a second opinon. He thinks I am having an allergic reaction to the Screw in  my Tibia. I has had persistent swelling and pain since my ACL reconstrution. Has anyone else experienced this? if so what were your symtoms, and what did you have to do to fix it??

My mri has been proven clear and so have my xrays. My knee he says feels sound, and the graft feels securely in place.
Thanks so much
Dec 20 2011 Cortisone Injection R Knee
May 11 2011 Plica Excision/Scar Tissue Removal R knee
Oct 10 2010 Sprain the the ACL graft & Bad Bone bruise to femur and Tibia R knee
June 11 2010 Plica Excision/Scar Tissue Removal R Knee
Nov 11 2009 ACL Reconstruction (hamstring autograft)
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Re: Allergic Reaction to Screw in Tibia?!
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2011, 07:57:41 AM »
Your ACL recon was in November 2009 - so why did it take so long for the "allergic" reaction to occur?  Usually these reactions occur very quickly if at all.

Did he say what type of screw he used? The bio-absorbable ones can cause problems with rejection but that mostly occurs very early in the recovery, not 14 months down the line. If he used titanium ones the rejection allergy reaction can cause the screw to "back out".

I have steel ones from way back in my right knee which should have been removed but were not and they are now ossified (the bone has grown over them). I get swelling and pain on occasions. My surgeon hinted at some kind of electro-magnetic reaction and offered to dig them out. However that would have weakened my bone too much for my liking so I put up with it.

Can you possibly see another surgeon or specialist who can look at the notes for your operation to see if the screws are capable of triggering such a reaction. An allergy specialist may be one option.

Good luck I hope you get some answers from somewhere.

1989 big trauma R. knee - sorted
1990-2004 3ACL recons and 20+ arthroscopies -RK
3/06 LK ACL torn!
4/06 ACL recon, kneecap broken
09 &10/06- 2x meniscus trims
3/07 - Notch Plastic & Lateral Release
14/8/08 complete revision ACL plus LCL/PLC recon
6/2/09 returned to skiing! Whoopee