How do surgical pins get removed?

A special tool is used to remove the pins as gently as possible. There may be a tiny bit of blood. The staff will apply a bandage and hold pressure. Once all the pins are removed, the staff will apply a bandage and wrap.

How long does it take to recover from ankle hardware removal surgery?

Crutches may be required to assist mobilisation. Return to most activities: 6 weeks. Full recovery: Within 3 months. Every patient’s recovery is individual and depends on the severity of the injury and the complexity of the surgery.

Can surgical pins be removed?

It’s possible, and may even be necessary, to have another surgery to remove them. But it doesn’t always work, and your surgeon can help you to decide if implant removal is the best option.

Can you walk after hardware removal from ankle?

You will get back to most of your activities by 6 weeks. Swelling often remains for 6 months. You are expected to experience a FULL recovery (no pain, no swelling, ability to walk, etc.)

How long are pins left in bones?

Pins may stay in place until the bone is healed. Your doctor will tell you how long the pins will be needed. The places where the pins go into the skin are called the pin sites. You must keep these areas clean to prevent infection.

Does getting a pin removed hurt?

Pin Removal Elbow pins are usually removed in the office in a matter of seconds. Although patients may be anxious or cry, the pain is minimal or not painful at all.

Should ankle hardware be removed?

The indication to remove the hardware is often pain relief and improved function of the ankle but the procedure can also be associated with complications such as infection, neurovascular damage or even refractures.

Should hardware be removed after ankle surgery?

Hardware removal was routinely recommended only after a noneventful course and radiographically confirmed bony union, usually about 1 year after surgery, even when hardware-related pain or ill-defined ankle discomfort was minimal.

What to expect after getting pins removed?

Pin Removal Physical therapy is usually not necessary. Patients are allowed to swim once the skin pin holes have closed up (usually one to two days after cast removal), and your child can play sports once they have near full motion (approximately one to four weeks after cast removal).