Originally Posted by JakeBrake
It appears to me that it would hurt as much to remove them as it did to put them in....
1. Why? Were the plates and screws causing some kind of problem?
2. Did you request removal or did your surgeon recommend removal?
3. did your insurance pay for the removal?
The pain from removing them is nowhere near what it was like for the original surgery. The removal was really a non-event. It was done outpatient and I could immediately bear weight and it was just no big deal at all. I barely remember the removal it was so much a big nothing.
1. Not really. I could feel one of the screws through the skin if I tried to do so and could feel it if I laid my leg a certain way and it hurt a little. Wasn't a big deal.
2. Surgeon suggested it mildly, but didn't push it. He said it was optional but recommended it to avoid future problems.
3. Mine injury was under workers' comp. Workers' comp had no difficulty paying for it.
20+ years ago I had jaw surgery and have titanium screws in my job. They are still there and I've never felt or noticed anything with them.