I broke my leg in a bad skydiving landing and I have a lot of hardware around my right ankle. 2 metal rods and on both tibia and fibula, as well as a screw going through my malleolus?
The accident was 30 months ago and walking still hurts and I can't run. I'm 33 years old with moderate asthma, no drug allergies or other major medical issues.
How safe is the surgery to remove the metal hardware? I understand that surgery is never 100% and the worst cases are more pain, a permanent limp, amputation and death. What I'm mostly interested in is walking without pain, preferably with minimal limping. Running seems too ambitious.
How likely are those to happen? If you were in my situation, would you do it?