Surgical screws in tibia

Posted by wndrwmn75 @wndrwmn75, Sun, Aug 4 5:11pm

I had a total knee reconstruction, not a replacement. My MPFL was replaced with a piece of my hamstring, bone marrow was harvested, holes were drilled in my knee cap, torn cartilage was cut out, the tibia was cut and moved over and secured with 3 screws. Recently there has been a new kind of pain in the tibia. I was wondering if anyone can describe how it feels if the screws are backing out? I am having them removed in a few months but this pain is constant and limiting mobility.

I should add the surgery was on 12/31/18 and it is now 8/4/19.

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Hi @wndrwmn75 and welcome to Connect. That sounds so painful.

I would like to tag fellow Connect members @lrobertsmi and @tc125 as they have had pain while walking with tibial screws and may be able to offer you support.

Have you mentioned this to your doctor?

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Thank you I appreciate that. No I haven't mentioned it yet I was trying to see if it's a "normal" feeling. They will make me come in which us difficult because of my schedule.

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I am 68 years old and had a femur fracture right under my right hip about a year ago and have had a rod put in and pinned at the hip. Something isn't right….I am having a lot of pain if I move or try to do anything. The x-ray had showed the side screw or blade was sticking out about a half an inch and my surgeon said that is what is causing the pain but still does not want to remove the hardware for another 6 months. I also have a leg discrepancy of at least a half an inch which he says is normal so I have to have a lift in my right shoe. No more sandals, dancing, mowing my own yard or running through the sprinkler with my grandkids! Just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem?

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@starkl

I am 68 years old and had a femur fracture right under my right hip about a year ago and have had a rod put in and pinned at the hip. Something isn't right….I am having a lot of pain if I move or try to do anything. The x-ray had showed the side screw or blade was sticking out about a half an inch and my surgeon said that is what is causing the pain but still does not want to remove the hardware for another 6 months. I also have a leg discrepancy of at least a half an inch which he says is normal so I have to have a lift in my right shoe. No more sandals, dancing, mowing my own yard or running through the sprinkler with my grandkids! Just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem?

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That sounds horrible I'm so sorry for your struggle. My doc is waiting until almost a year after surgery to remove my screws because the bones should be fused by then. Your surgery is much more intense. I hope they get it fixed as soon as medically possible. Good luck to you.

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Could I ask how old you are? I know we heal slower the older we get!

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@wndrwmn75

That sounds horrible I'm so sorry for your struggle. My doc is waiting until almost a year after surgery to remove my screws because the bones should be fused by then. Your surgery is much more intense. I hope they get it fixed as soon as medically possible. Good luck to you.

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I have 3 titantium screens & mesh in my scull & 2 of the screws are hurting. My NS – I thought jokingly – said that he would just take them out! Do u know how they can take screws from bones without major problems? Tks

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@starkl

Could I ask how old you are? I know we heal slower the older we get!

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@gloriajean

I have 3 titantium screens & mesh in my scull & 2 of the screws are hurting. My NS – I thought jokingly – said that he would just take them out! Do u know how they can take screws from bones without major problems? Tks

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I would never presumably say how they would do that. It's probably been done before I would guess. I wish you the best of luck.

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@wndrwmn75

Thank you….maybe because you are a lot younger your Dr feels you are healed after a year but mine wants to wait to make sure.

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@starkl

I am 68 years old and had a femur fracture right under my right hip about a year ago and have had a rod put in and pinned at the hip. Something isn't right….I am having a lot of pain if I move or try to do anything. The x-ray had showed the side screw or blade was sticking out about a half an inch and my surgeon said that is what is causing the pain but still does not want to remove the hardware for another 6 months. I also have a leg discrepancy of at least a half an inch which he says is normal so I have to have a lift in my right shoe. No more sandals, dancing, mowing my own yard or running through the sprinkler with my grandkids! Just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem?

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I had a similar surgery as a teenager but it involved my hip, not the femur…..pins, bolts, plate, with the bolt extending out past the socket. This surgery also caused legs to be 1/2” in length necessitating a lift for my left shoe. Being very young, my pain was only bad when lying on my left side. I continued to do all my activities, although people probably thought I looked strange due to the restricted leg movement I had. Fast forward to 6 years ago, and I had a total hip replacement as that wore out. This gave my leg freedom I never felt before. Although movement continues to be restricted, the degree of restriction is much less. However, pain in the recovery process of both procedures was difficult although with hard work and time, the pain gradually subsided. I’m in my sixties now and everything seems more challenging now, so I try to take in the moments that I find pleasure and try to downplay the painful ones when I can. I’m sorry of your current struggle. Perhaps a second opinion couldn’t hurt.

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Thank you for replying. That must have been so hard being a teenager and dealing with all that! I have spoken with two other people that have had a broken leg and had to have a rod put in and all the stuff that goes with it and neither has pain or a leg discrepancy so I don't know what to think! Have a good Labor Day weekend!

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I had the same surgery done on both legs back in 2017 and screws removed 2018. My right leg ended up rejecting the hardware to the point you could actually see the screw heads shape in my skin…along with it was an abnormal painful bump. Dr decided since we were going in to remove those we might as well remove the ones in the left leg as well. Everything has healed wonderfully. However I will state my right tibia has daily pain that has required me to return to physical therapy and wear a daily brace for support but we believe this to be bc my right knee became infected a week after surgery.

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I appreciate everyone's comments, advice, and experiences. I will have surgery on the 28th to remove the screws and file 2 bone spurs that have developed on my knee cap. I'll keep you posted. Thanks everyone.

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