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Old 01-20-2009, 09:40 PM
 
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Just joined the forum. Broke my fib and tib in 2002 and had a rod inserted. Had the screws out in 2004. Have got leg pain around the site of the original break which has got an extra bump of bone growth around it. The break was 1/3 way up the leg. The surgeon has suggested having the rod removed but I am unsure whether this will really help the situation. The pain feels like someone is squeezing the leg and ispossibly more tissue than inside the bone. Any suggestions.
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Old 01-21-2009, 03:37 PM
 
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Get it removed. There could be tissue or bone around the break and he should take care of that when he takes out the rod. Probably didn't say so just because its obvious to him.

A lot of the skaters I know that end up with pins in the ankles are always complaining about them like old men when the weather acts up. I think its just metal doesn't expand like bone does with climate change. Good luck with it.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:17 PM
 
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Just joined the forum. Broke my fib and tib in 2002 and had a rod inserted. Had the screws out in 2004. Have got leg pain around the site of the original break which has got an extra bump of bone growth around it. The break was 1/3 way up the leg. The surgeon has suggested having the rod removed but I am unsure whether this will really help the situation. The pain feels like someone is squeezing the leg and ispossibly more tissue than inside the bone. Any suggestions.
You have nothing to lose by having the hardware removed (other than the risks of the procedure itself). The "extra bump" of bone is from the fracture callus around the time of healing, this would not be removed nor any other tissue around the fracture site. You most likely had a rod put in through an incision just below your knee cap correct? The surgeon would only open at the site to expose the rod for extraction, unless you have some screws remaining near the top or bottom of the rod no other incisions would be needed.

While the pain may feel like it is coming from elsewhere this is very common practice, removing remaining hardware if safe. I have seen many patients get relief after hardware removal.

There are a lot of theories related to extremity pain/joint pain in cold weather or wet weather especially after orthopaedic surgery, but one thing we know for sure it does NOT have to do with bones expanding in cold weather since that does not occur.
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:33 PM
 
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Default Same problem

I have pretty much the exact same issue. Broke my tib/fib in 2006, then had surgery to lengthen the tendon that runs to my big toe, as it got caught in the fracture and my toe would bend down when I lifted my foot up, and also removed the lower screw at that time. I can still feel pain around the area where I broke my leg (tib/fib), 1/3 of the way up my leg. Sometimes when I'm running, and also sometimes when I'm just walking. I also now have tendinitis just below my knee which causes me the most pain.

My surgeon has suggested removing the top screw which may help my tendinitis, and also suggested having the rod taken out, but said the recovery time is more like the original recovery time when I broke my leg.
I'm leaning toward just having the top screw out to fix the tendinitis, but if removing the rod could fix the pain around the original break, I may do that.
What's the chance of it fixing the leg pain??
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:09 PM
 
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Thanks for your feedback. Have been taking alot more notice of where the pain may be coming from (and in fact quite abit of it may be from around the bottom of the rod) and as bluedevilz suggested 'what have I got to lose'. However not looking forward to the surgery or the recovery after, but if solves my pain problems, it would be well and truely worth it.
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:01 PM
 
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I have pretty much the exact same issue. Broke my tib/fib in 2006, then had surgery to lengthen the tendon that runs to my big toe, as it got caught in the fracture and my toe would bend down when I lifted my foot up, and also removed the lower screw at that time. I can still feel pain around the area where I broke my leg (tib/fib), 1/3 of the way up my leg. Sometimes when I'm running, and also sometimes when I'm just walking. I also now have tendinitis just below my knee which causes me the most pain.

My surgeon has suggested removing the top screw which may help my tendinitis, and also suggested having the rod taken out, but said the recovery time is more like the original recovery time when I broke my leg.
I'm leaning toward just having the top screw out to fix the tendinitis, but if removing the rod could fix the pain around the original break, I may do that.
What's the chance of it fixing the leg pain??
I would personally lean toward getting out both the screws and rod at the same time as in hindsight wish I had done that at the time I had my screws out. I lost some of the pain at the time but it has been progressively getting worse over the last couple of years.
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