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Broken screw embedded in bone
I had a car accident and broke my ankle, dislocating it and crushing the talas. Screws were put in place to hold the talas together. One of the screws broke and the doctor removed the part of the screw that was accessible, leaving the broken piece in the bone. Now this piece is causing irritation and the doctor will be going in to remove it. My question is what will the procedure be and how long of a recovery. When he told me what would need to be done I was too upset to ask questions and accepted the fact it needed to be done to relieve some of the pain. He did indicate I would be in the boot after the surgery but did not indicate for how long.
Not knowing the exact location and length of the broken screw I cannot really answer your questions. The problem is, you really have no choice, if the remaining screw is irritating chances are it will only get worse over time and depending what structures it is rubbing against, it may do further damage.
Good luck with the surgery.
Marc Mitnick DPM