i broke my tib/fib 3 weeks ago and my consultant said im able to go back to work as my fib has healed and my tib is healing back together. ive been told that it will take another 12 weeks for the bones to be fully healed. my questtion is im still getting pain at the fracture site and im still walking with quite a heavey limp could anyone tell me how long i will have the limp and the odd nagging pain at the fracture site or will i have this for life? i have a rod and 3 screws in my leg to would it be advised to have these taken out after full bone healing and could this be contributing to the limp and pain. i am thankful for any advise and replys to this message
I broke my ankle/tib/fib over two YEARS ago and still have problems with pain, weakness and even swelling. I did not have surgery on mine, so your healing process could very well be quite different from mine but it's very possible that you will have problems at least for a long time, if not for life. The rod and screws could be adding to your pain/limp as they are a "foreign" object in your bone and just from the stress of them being put in during surgery. The decision to remove these would have to be between you and your ortho surgeon - I know some of them do remove them after proper healing, but others prefer to keep them in place, not only for added support to the previously broken area, but also to avoid a second surgery for removal.
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