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Hardware Removal

I was wondering if anyone out there has had hardware removal surgery? Was it painful? Did it help over the long term? I am feeling anxious about my hardware removal surgery tomorrow. I had surgery last July for a bad injury (four fractures and a dislocated elbow). The surgeon says he normally recommends a full year before hardware removal but my arm/elbow had healed to a point that he thinks it will be okay to take it out early.
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Avatar dr m tn
Hello!

Your surgeon is the best person to take the call as any hardware may get stuck with tissue growth over a period of time.

You may need antibiotics and rest for a week if there are no complications and if you have some soft tissue injury then it will take 3-4 weeks for complete healing after hardware removal.

Take care!


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Hello!

Your surgeon is the best person to take the call as any hardware may get stuck with tissue growth over a period of time.

You may need antibiotics and rest for a week if there are no complications and if you have some soft tissue injury then it will take 3-4 weeks for complete healing after hardware removal.

Take care!


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Thanks for your reply! There is a lot of pain along the incision line but I'm guessing that's normal. The surgeon removed one of the large plates I had in my arm that he thought was contributing to my pain issues. I'm on an antibiotic and lots of pain meds. Not sure exactly how much else he removed or left in. I had a ton of metal in there supporting my bones until they healed.
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