What You Should Know:
- Hardware removal is a surgery to take out Orthopaedic Implant utilized to fix your bone. These implants can be metal pins, screws, surgical wires, plates, Nails or Prosthesis. These kinds of hardware are placed to hold and place your broken bones back together until they heal. Some hardware can be used for a short period of time, while some can be left in place permanently. Hardware removal is often done due to problems caused by the implant, such as pain or infection. It can also be done when the hardware causes allergy or bone fracture. Others can want them removed because of cancer risk or to avoid security metal detection. Hardware in young children may need to be removed to avoid problems with bone growth.
- During hardware removal, the surgeon makes an incision (cut) over the same area which was operated when the Implant was placed. The implant is slowly as well as carefully separated from nearby tissues to prevent damage. Special instruments are also used to loosen and free it from your bone. The wound is closed utilizing stitches (threads) as well as covered with bandages.
Take your medicine as recommended:
You should inform the Doctor treating you if you have an allergy to any medication. If you think that the medicine isn’t helping or if you have side effects, then inform the surgeon urgently. Regular medicines and supplement that you take may be continued in consultation with the Doctor.
- Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or avoid an infection caused by bacteria. Always take antibiotics precisely as prescribed by your Doctor. Don’t stop taking it unless directed by him. Never save antibiotics or take leftover antibiotics that were taken by you for any other illness.
- Pain medicine: You may need medicine to manage or decrease pain.
- Learn how to take your medicine. Ask what medicine as well as how much you should take. Make sure you know how, when, and how frequently to take it.
- Don’t wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Do inform the Doctor if your pain doesn’t decrease.
- Pain medicine may make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling someone if you need help or when you get out of bed.
Ask for information about where and when to go for follow-up visits:
For continuing care, home services, or treatments, ask for more information.
- Ask the Surgeon when you need to return for the check-up of your wound and get the stitches removed.
The doctor will advise you to have plenty of rest. Avoid too many activities or movement for a few months after Implant removal. This is to enable your bones to heal. Resume your everyday activities gradually in consultation with the Doctor.
Using crutches, walker or cane:
You may need to use crutches, walker, or a cane. They can help you get around and reduce your chance of falling or being hurt. It’s important to use your crutches, cane, or walker appropriately, so seek proper guidance.
Do not allow your wound to get wet. Always keep it dry and clean. When allowed to shower or bathe, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Afterward, put on new, clean bandages. Change your bandages every time they get dirty or wet. Seek full information from Doctor about caring for your wound.
CONTACT THE DOCTOR IF:
- You have a fever.
- You have a cough, chills, or feel weak and achy.
- You have a lot of pain and swelling even after taking pain medicines.
- Your skin is swollen, itchy, or has a rash.
- You have trouble breathing or chest pain that is getting worse over time.
- You have concerns or questions about your condition, surgery, or medicine.
SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:
- Your bandages become soaked with blood.
- Your incision is red, swollen, has pus coming from it, or the stitches have come apart.
- You suddenly feel lightheaded as well as have trouble breathing.
- You have sudden and new chest pain. You can have more pain when you take deep breaths or cough. You may cough up blood.
- Your arm or leg feels tender, warm, and painful. It can look swollen and red.
The above information is for educational assistance only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor before following any medical regimen to see if it’s safe and effective for you.