Should I have Tibia Hardware Removed after Healing?
Fifteen months ago I had a bike accident and broke my Tib/Fib. I had an IM rod inserted in my tibia with two screws at the bottom and two at the top of the rod. I also had two screws placed because of a plafond fracture. (I think thats where the tibia attaches to the ankle.) The fibula healed on its own.
I’m thinking of asking my surgeon to remove the top screw near my knee because it gets sore and painful. I was told that shouldn’t be a big deal. I also have tightness no matter how much stretching I do just below my calf extending into my foot. I also have some numbness on the top of my foot. If I have the upper screw removed should I have the lower tibia screws removed? Could removing the screws resolve the tightness? I would leave the rod in wanting to avoid trauma to my knee. Any thoughts would be welcome.