Femur Rod Implant Removal Problems (R...
djmonkeymom

Phoenix, AZ

#84 Sep 21, 2009
Jen - thanks so much for sharing your experience. Our son has a few more months before he can have his removed, but I hope his experience is as positive as yours!
Jen wrote:
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I had outpatient surgery on 09/18/09, and was home by 6:30p.m. The surgery itself took an hour, and the surgeon said it was fairly easy to remove the rod. The rod is bigger and heavier than I though it was (I kept the hardware). After surgery I threw up twice, from the anesthetics, and have been fine since. I used two crutches the first two days and I now use one. The pain is no where near as bad as the first time. I can actually feel that the rod is gone :) Iím having minor muscle spasms in the gluteus, and the leg is swollen.
Samara

Dartford, UK

#85 Sep 22, 2009
Dan,

Thankyou very much for your reply, has helped a lot. Also i wanted to ask wat you mean by the scars being unsightly? are they going to be bigger and wider? because right now i have three across my thigh, i can barely get into a bikini without people looking at me, i dont see how it can get any worse :(

Samara
Music

Opelousas, LA

#86 Sep 22, 2009
michelle wrote:
I would like to know how you all get through the airport.
Some time it takes a long time. One time i had to show my cut down my leg and show my BIG shoe caurse one leg is now short.
Ttitanium in femur

Saint Peters, MO

#87 Sep 22, 2009
Hi everyone,

I had a titanium rod put in my right femur after a leg length discrepancy correction surgery (basically, they cut 2 inches my femur because it was that much longer than the left one...to even me out).
It is a year later now and I am don't know whether or not to take the whole rod out or just the screws (one at hip one at knee).
I am worried I am exposing myself to infection if I go for the entire rod removal but, if I don't do it, I am also worried that leaving it in there might cause me problems later in life. I am 33 years old now. I know that my surgery was not due to a car accident and my condition is nothing compares to some of all of your trials and tribulations...I just wish I knew which option is the best.
I wish everyone speedy recovery and hope and positive attitude!
ruthann

Las Vegas, NV

#88 Sep 23, 2009
I broke my femur - had a rod put in - five yeqrs later broke my hip on the same side. The dr. told me in order to fix the hip he had to remove the frmur rod. Is this right please anseer
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djmonkeymom

Phoenix, AZ

#89 Sep 23, 2009
My son has not had his removed yet, but I'd say you should remove the whole thing. My oldest brother has had a rod in his arm for 27 years. He had the bone removed because of cancer and does not have the option to get rid of the rod. He wishes he could. It's a lightening rod (pardon the pun) for infection. He's been fighting a wicked infection for months that attacked the rod. Just an opinion...
Ttitanium in femur wrote:
Hi everyone,
I had a titanium rod put in my right femur after a leg length discrepancy correction surgery (basically, they cut 2 inches my femur because it was that much longer than the left one...to even me out).
It is a year later now and I am don't know whether or not to take the whole rod out or just the screws (one at hip one at knee).
I am worried I am exposing myself to infection if I go for the entire rod removal but, if I don't do it, I am also worried that leaving it in there might cause me problems later in life. I am 33 years old now. I know that my surgery was not due to a car accident and my condition is nothing compares to some of all of your trials and tribulations...I just wish I knew which option is the best.
I wish everyone speedy recovery and hope and positive attitude!
Gator

Dade City, FL

#90 Sep 23, 2009
Have it removed.

My son was developing bursitis in his hip. He is doing much better now that it is removed. He was living on steroids before then.
chad

Ishpeming, MI

#91 Sep 23, 2009
I recently broke my left femur back in june 2009 and had a rod put in me with 2 screws above the knee and 2 at the hip. I was on crutches just under 2 months and then i was able to walk but now i walk with a slight limp. The bone is starting to heal but you can still see that its not fully healed. My doc. suggested to take a screw out ( the bottom screw at the hip) so i went in for that last friday. He told me that it was simple to do and he could do it easily in his office and i wouldn't have to go under for it. So i agreed because he told me it would help my femur fuse back together quicker. When i went in there they numbed my side up, and cut open my scar, and then he tried to take the screw out, but he couldn't get it out. My doc. was kind of rough on me while trying to get the screw out and it felt like my hip was popping out of socket when he torqued on the screw. Then he stopped and sewed me back up because he said the screw head was stripping out on him. I was upset because he told me it was going to be a simple process and it ended up being a waste of my time and money ( i don't have any health insurance) now, almost a week later my hip is in pain when i walk, my left side goes numb when im laying down sometimes and I dont know what to do about it. does any one out there have any suggestions for me?
Dan

India

#92 Sep 24, 2009
Samara wrote:
Dan,
Thankyou very much for your reply, has helped a lot. Also i wanted to ask wat you mean by the scars being unsightly? are they going to be bigger and wider? because right now i have three across my thigh, i can barely get into a bikini without people looking at me, i dont see how it can get any worse :(
Samara
Hey, they'll cut down the original scars so you won't have any more if you decide to take it out :) You'll just have a fresher looking scar on an older looking scar until they both gradually fade!
Definitly don't let it effect you're confidence in a few years with a bit of tan and cocoa butter you won't even know they're there :)
Let us know how you get on with things!
Dan
Lauren Johnson

Deepwater, MO

#93 Sep 26, 2009
I'm 18, just broke my femur and my wrist falling out of a tree about 2 weeks ago. They put a metal rod in my leg going from my hip to my knee, but the doctor never said anything about taking it out. I'm in a wheelchair which is going to make it very difficult to start going back to my college classes next week. My doctor told me i should drop out, I just wanna know if I'm ever gonna get better.
djmonkeymom

Phoenix, AZ

#94 Sep 27, 2009
YES!!! You will get better! Did they give you an option of a walker? Maybe not, depending on how bad your wrist is. If you can't put pressure on it, you probably can't use a walker yet. You should NOT drop out of school because of this! Schools are all ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant and have to make the campus and classes available to you. Don't let this stop you!! You'll be SO much better in no time!!
Lauren Johnson wrote:
I'm 18, just broke my femur and my wrist falling out of a tree about 2 weeks ago. They put a metal rod in my leg going from my hip to my knee, but the doctor never said anything about taking it out. I'm in a wheelchair which is going to make it very difficult to start going back to my college classes next week. My doctor told me i should drop out, I just wanna know if I'm ever gonna get better.
crys

Bridgewater, Canada

#95 Sep 30, 2009
I had a MVA in 2007 - had broken hip and femur. Rods were inserted and had them removed May 2009. Now I'm having hip pain off and on when the weather changes. I thought once rods were removed my pain would stop. I also had ACL surgery in July 2009 - would this be part of my pain problem?? I'm hoping after the ACL strengthens all my pain will disappear....as I am only 19!!!!
Jen

United States

#96 Oct 1, 2009
Hi Lauren I was in a similar situation in 2006 when I had to withdrawal from graduate school for a semester. At first I did not want to withdrawal and was very upset, but I was talked into it by the Dean. I did graduate a semester late (without my class) so that was hard, but now that I look back I'm glad I took a break. My situation was a little different because I had lots of stress from: dealing with lawyers for the car accident, not having medical insurance and being threatened by the hospital that I would not receive post-op treatment, and the stress of trying to maintain the heavy work load from school. In your situation, I would stay in school if you feel you can focus. It will be difficult with transportation and just getting around on campus, but if you have a good support network then utilize it and go to school. My professors always said that the more time you take to obtain your degree the more money you are losing, from graduating later. Good Luck you will make the right decision :)
As far as you getting better, it depends on you: what you eat, if you follow through with PT, positive thinking, etc.. However, you are young and the odds are in your favor.
Lauren Johnson wrote:
I'm 18, just broke my femur and my wrist falling out of a tree about 2 weeks ago. They put a metal rod in my leg going from my hip to my knee, but the doctor never said anything about taking it out. I'm in a wheelchair which is going to make it very difficult to start going back to my college classes next week. My doctor told me i should drop out, I just wanna know if I'm ever gonna get better.
MaryAnne

Nampa, ID

#97 Oct 21, 2009
I had the rod in my femur removed after 16 mo. I have my life back! I can now sleep on my left side, am no longer sensitive to cold temperatures, no longer limp, and can sit without a jab in my side. I used to think of it 90% of the day and now it's almost a distant memory. I do get a bit stiff after prolonged sitting, but after a few steps I'm fine. I was 10+ weeks on crutches afer the initial surgery and about 2 weeks when the rod was removed. Plus, I am no longer spending the marjority of the day lying on the couch.
Chris

New York, NY

#98 Dec 8, 2009
In 1989 I was 29 years old. I had a motorcycle accident (Deer ran in fron of MC). I had multiple compound fractures in my right leg. All 3 bones broken. They put 3 rods in my femur AND 3 in tibia. The fibia stayed in place to heal. Over the next 2 years I had throbbing pains in my leg every night when the seasons changes (winter to spring, etc...). I knew I wouldn't be able to live that way so I had the rods removed after 2 years.(sameday surgury) The Doctor only managed to get 5 rods out. He was worried about causing a fracture going after the 6th rod (He didn't have a good xray for it). I still have the one in the tibia to this day. It has never caused me any pain. The only bad thing about leaving them in your bones is that if you have a similar accident the bone will shatter around the rod instead of breaking and you will probably loose the limb. I'm just glad it's below my knee so if I do loose it I have my knee which is key to a lower prostetic.
Nunu - healthy 58 yo

Yuma, AZ

#99 Dec 13, 2009
I fell and broke the ball( of the ball and socket) almost completely into. I had a partial hip replacement surgery to replace the ball. They inserted a rod into my femur. My right thigh, mid way from my knee ( and including my knee) up my thigh hurts excruiatingly when I put weight on my right leg. I have been diagnosed with Trendelenberg gait. I feel this "gait" is the result of the pain in my right leg and I limp off it as quickly as possibly. What can be done? The doctor did not cement the femur and it has not "grown" to the bone. What now? Please help, I am in terrible pain and really want to get back to a somewhat normal life. I trip easily too.
Nunu - healthy 58 yo

Yuma, AZ

#100 Dec 13, 2009
john wrote:
<quoted text> How about try getting hit by a car and being dragged under for 100 yards and breaking every bone from your hip down and not bitching about it!
Wear a seat belt now?
Deepak

New Delhi, India

#101 Dec 14, 2009
Hi Rama, Please get a digital x ray of your wife's femur rod with zoom . it may clear you the right position of the rod. it may be getting crack.
Rama wrote:
Hi,
I was searching the web for some advice and information regarding removal of rod implants in bones.
This is related to Femur bone implant, any information in that matter would be helpful for us and very much appreciated.
My wife had a long rod implanted in her right Femur bone about 5 years ago
due to a fracture (occurred in an unfortunate bike accident) in Femur bone.
She was ok for a while (about 3-4 years) without any discomfort.
She had gained some weight since the surgery: about 30-35 lbs (during this
4 years).
She started getting severe pain in her knee about an year ago (4 years after
the implant). The doctors couldn't understand the cause of the pain. They
took x-ray images and even MRI of the knee joint (the MRI images were not
clear according to the doctor due to metal rod). They had mentioned that the Rod implant looks ok. One of the doctors suggested to have the Rod
removed giving a reason that sometimes the hardware could cause
discomfort.
Following that suggestion we had the Rod now removed last week. But
during the surgery the entire Rod did not come out, only 3/4th of the Rod
came out and the remaining part is still in the bone.
According to the Surgeon who performed the operation the part of the Rod that remained
inside is stuck and there is calcium formation around that Rod and hence it
did not come out and it's ok if we leave it there, he also mentioned that there were no other fragmentation of the Rod, the Rod broke around one of the grooves and a 5 inch lower part of the rod remained inside.
At this point we are not sure what to expect and what to do.
Is it ok for the part of the Rod to be there ?
What if the Rod after some time breaks free and moves around ?
How difficult is it to remove that lower part of the Rod (which is about 5-6 inches)?
My wife currently is still in the hospital, it's just one day since the Surgery
and they haven't yet taken the x-ray
image after the operation. We don't have the information yet from
the doctor on whether the left out piece of the Rod is screwed to the bone ?
Can you please let us know if you have any advice in this situation or atleast point us to the right resource ?
Any information with this matter would be of a great help to us.
Thanks,
Rama.
chandrika

Tempe, AZ

#102 Dec 19, 2009
Hi, I also have dePuy titanium IM nail with interlocking screws in head of femur and at the end of the rod just above the knee. I had Subtrochanteric fracture with lower fragement dispaced posteriorly 1-3/4 inches superiorly. It has been 5 months still have pain along the side. Lag screw is too long and needs to come out and replaced by shorter screw. I am worried about ths small procedure due to MRSA and reinfection from the same incision. I have limp when I walk as my hip abductors are very weak due to insertion of IM rod through the greater trochanter. How soon is too soon for th9s procedure?
chandrika

Tempe, AZ

#103 Dec 19, 2009
It is better for the procedure to be done as an outpatient but under fluroscopy so surgeon can see what he is doing. Overconfidence is not the way to go.How are you now?
Dan wrote:
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Hey, they'll cut down the original scars so you won't have any more if you decide to take it out :) You'll just have a fresher looking scar on an older looking scar until they both gradually fade!
Definitly don't let it effect you're confidence in a few years with a bit of tan and cocoa butter you won't even know they're there :)
Let us know how you get on with things!
Dan

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