Tibial Plateau Fracture – Hardware Removal!

20140210_111019I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am electing to have another knee surgery! After discussion with my ortho doc, I’ve decided to go ahead and have the hardware removed from my tibia that was placed there when they put my knee back together. While I’m under anesthesia, he’s going to go ahead and scope my knee as well, just to see if there’s anything else going on in there that’s causing me pain. 

Unfortunately, my doctor has only given me 40% odds that removing the hardware will help with the constant dull ache – but these are odds I have to take, as I can’t just sit around miserable. Maybe it’ll help, maybe it won’t, but at least I’ll be able to say I tried! Bonus, my knee won’t make metal detector alarms buzz anymore. Yep, that actually happened last weekend at Monster Jam – I walked through the thing three times and completely emptied my pockets before I remembered that I have screws in my leg. Crazy!

I’ve been researching hardware removal and what I’m reading feels promising to me. I’ve found lots of firsthand accounts from folks who had no idea how much better they’d feel after they got their hardware taken out, and wish they’d done it sooner – so I’m really hoping that’ll be my experience as well. 

Anyone ever had their knee scoped before? I’m curious what to expect! How’s the recovery? I’m sure it won’t be as bad as what I went through last year! 

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