Femur Rod Implant Removal Problems (Rod broke during removal)

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Holly

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#164
Dec 30, 2010
 
I was in a near fatal MVA on 12/31/02 and had both legs & my left arm badly broken. I had surgery and metal implants were placed in both legs (L-femur, R-lower leg & ankle)& in my L arm (radius & ulna). Although, my broken femur was originally quite painful, it was the least severely broken bone and has been quite benign over the years since it healed. However, over the past several months, my left leg - particularly at the top of the thigh and hip area- has started to ache pretty much constantly. Sometimes my whole L foot even aches badly. Has anyone else experienced similar pain? If so, were you able to get to the bottom of it? Since the accident, my family has moved to a dry, desert climate and I have done incredibly well until the recent pain in my L leg. I will be making an appt. with an orthopedic, but am concerned that they won't find anything remarkable on films, etc. to attribute the pain to. I would appreciate any information.
kbradt

Rockaway Beach, MO

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#165
Jan 3, 2011
 
I was in a MVA in 1992 and had to have a rod implant in not only my right femur but also in my left humerous. I have had the implants for almost 20 years now and I am fine. I do have pain sometimes, espically if I over do it but otherwise I am fine. I had a very long recovery and spent months in physical therapy to regain the use of my arm and leg. I never knew such pain but I worked hard and regained full range of motion and flexiability in my leg. I had to work hard to get rid of the limp and correct my posture but I did it. My arm is a little different. I had mulitiple breaks and in one break calicum built up between the rod and bone. The damage is permanent. I could never have the rod out since my arm is still broke. It is called permanent bone diplacement. My Dr. said removing the rod from my leg was not necessary and would do more harm than good. In my arm I never did regain full range of motion. They had to cut my rotar cuff in half to place the rod. Between that and the bone diplacement full range of motion was impossible. I am close though and can do almost anything I like. I can run,swim,ride a bike even turn cartwheels if I like. The thing to remember is you will never be the same. Your body will never be the same. You will have periods of pain especially the older you get it's a certainty. My surgeon said to me once. Coming from where you were in the emergency room broken and bleeding ,your perfect.You can't compare to before the injury because that person and body no longer exist. The good news is with the help of God, a good surgeon, luck, strength, and hard work you can recover and live a pretty normal and active life.
erich

Henry, TN

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#166
Jan 6, 2011
 


hi i had a car fall on me from 6 feet in the air.the car was chained to a backhoe and the chain broke.i was under the car and when it fell on me it split my head open and shattered my right femor in 12 places.i now have a titanium rod and 4 screws in my leg.the doctor told me that i would recover 100%.the accident happened in november 2009 and i still have lots of problems.i cant walk up stairsnormal i cant run anymore or ride a bike.i have constant pain in my knee and hip.and i have muscle spasmswhen i lay down.but i thank god everyday that im still alive to see my two kids.i just wish the pain would go away but i know that ill have it the rest of my life.as far as having surgery to have it removed,i wouldnt go through that pain again.

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.
dat dude

Charlotte, NC

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#167
Jan 12, 2011
 
Watzup I'm 21 years old and bout 3months ago I was in bad car accident in which I broke my fema bone. I had a metal rode put in.been on cruchs den went threw physical therapy nw I'm back walkin I cud feel my legs gettin stronger but it stills feels akward I cud walk up and down stairs but I cud still feel it. Just looking for sum advice
shaabr

Kimberley, South Africa

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#168
Jan 12, 2011
 
I was involved in a MVA 2 years ago and broke my left leg FEMA. A titanium pin including the screws was inserted into my leg.I am a 51 year old female. Six months after the op I undertook a 86km hike through the Fish River Canyon.

Two years later I had the pin removed. It is now about three months ago since the op. Recovery was even quicker. Back to normal activities with no problems.
Lawrence

Spokane, WA

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#169
Feb 17, 2011
 
I have rods in both o my legs the 1st was the right fibula in 1987 from a football injury the recovery was hard but nothing compares to femur/hip.

In October of 1998 I was hit by the nose of a 3 seater 700lb. Jetski racing in Lake Havasu, Arizona traveling at nearly 65 mph. My left hip was displaced as well as a fractured femur my leg was literally twisted where my foot was pointed backwards.

I spent 21 days in intensive care and recovery the floor they said I could have died of an embolism, or had my leg amputated. The orthopedic surgeon said I had bones like an elephant and he did not know how I was still alive, besides my muscles keep my leg together.

They opened my hip (32 staples) to put my hip back in and installed a titanium rod as well as a screw at an angle at the hip and another above the knee.

I had physical therapy for a year that was brutal. I was an electrician prior to the injury and went back to work 9 months later my new employer unaware of my injuries. I refused all pain killers 7 days after surgery and bit the bullet with years of pain. I feel because I worked very hard physically to recover and overcome the pain and physical limitations I healed. I was not bogged down with pain killers limiting my energy.

I has been many years since my injury, I am not pain free but it is bearable. The doctor told me the rods do not need to come out....never. I do have to reposition myself when I sleep often as other have spoke about.

I do not understand why anyone would want to have the rods removed. It seems that it would cause tons of pain and may have serious complications and dangers. Even with pain, if your leg is functioning properly and you have good range of motion don't do it. The rod reinforces your leg. I actually rebroke the fibula with the rod in it in 1996 and the doctor put it in a cast for 6 weeks and said it would have been worse if the rod had been removed.

I pray that I don't have complications in the future, and have huge empathy for anyone who has suffered the pain I have it is brutal. I wish all on this board a healthy recovery. My success in my opinion has been due to staying physically fit, eating pretty good, and my state of my!!!!!
Lawrence

Spokane, WA

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#170
Feb 17, 2011
 
When I broke my femur it felt awkward also for a while. It will takes a few years but it will never feel the same as it did prior to your injury. The femur is a weight bearing bone which actually flexes when you walk and run. With the rod installed you leg no longer flexes in the same manner so it feels more mechanical. The weird part is I can run no problem but jogging is difficult. During the 1st 1-2 years I had a hard time pointing my toe straight and controlling my direction, I also broke my hip in this injury so I had to completely relearn to walk. My advice to you is eat good, lots of vitamins, especially calcium, vitamin b complex, vitamin d, and c. Drop the pain meds it will only prolong your recovery, bust your ass in therapy, and after therapy is complete is where the real therapy starts.( You can read my post below)I wish you luck in you recovery my bro. Lawrence
Lawrence

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#171
Feb 17, 2011
 
dat dude wrote:
Watzup I'm 21 years old and bout 3months ago I was in bad car accident in which I broke my fema bone. I had a metal rode put in.been on cruchs den went threw physical therapy nw I'm back walkin I cud feel my legs gettin stronger but it stills feels akward I cud walk up and down stairs but I cud still feel it. Just looking for sum advice
When I broke my femur it felt awkward also for a while. It will takes a few years but it will never feel the same as it did prior to your injury. The femur is a weight bearing bone which actually flexes when you walk and run. With the rod installed you leg no longer flexes in the same manner so it feels more mechanical. The weird part is I can run no problem but jogging is difficult. During the 1st 1-2 years I had a hard time pointing my toe straight and controlling my direction, I also broke my hip in this injury so I had to completely relearn to walk. My advice to you is eat good, lots of vitamins, especially calcium, vitamin b complex, vitamin d, and c. Drop the pain meds it will only prolong your recovery, bust your ass in therapy, and after therapy is complete is where the real therapy starts.( You can read my post below)I wish you luck in you recovery my bro. Lawrence
Sergio A F

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#172
Feb 23, 2011
 
I was in a severe car accident may 2010, i shattered my elbow and femur among other things, those are now titanium, about 3 months ago i heard a snap on my leg, and it has been sometimes snapping every now and then, now very recently the pain has become really bad, i am 25 years old, im fairly young i want to know the best thing any of you would recommend if you have gone through this, both my femur and elbow are titanium, they have screws, about 4 in elbow 5 in femur if im not mistaken. It would be really appreciated
dillon

Booneville, KY

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#174
Apr 5, 2011
 
i had a atv accident up coming 5 years ago, i have no pain unless its cold or rainy an such, should i have it removed??????????
PLEASE HELP!!! NEED ADVICE!!!!!
dillon

Booneville, KY

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#175
Apr 5, 2011
 
i had a atv accident up coming 5 years ago, i have no pain unless its cold or rainy an such, should i have it removed?????????? it happend when i was 14 years old, im now 19, should i get it removed????

PLEASE HELP!!! NEED ADVICE!!!!
chaki

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#176
Apr 5, 2011
 
I have a rod in my femur and 2 pins since 8/09. I had second surgery to remove the nail by the head of the femur as it was too proud and prutruding. Plus I developed lot of extra bone calle heterotropic bone. So Dr. exchanged the screw and remove the bottom screw and also diseected out extra HO bone as it was catching on my IT band. Now after 18 mth sno catching but still can't full weight bear on the leg, my quads are painful and have difficulty with up and down stairs. Dr is suggestin gto remove all hardware but I am 60 . Any suggestions?
LGJ

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#177
Apr 6, 2011
 
Erika wrote:
I am very similar to your wife!
My hip had been hurting for a couple months, so I got an x-ray and they found a mass in my femur. So I went to the dr. and he said it was a cyst and I could choose to have surgery or not. I chose to have surgery, and they took the cyst out and put a titanium rod in from my hip to knee. This was in Jan. 2008. My hip still hurts like it did before my surgery. My knee has been hurting for a couple years. But it has been excrutiating the past couple months.(My hip and knee switch days to hurt.) I went back to the dr. and he ordered an MRI so I got one Fri. and I don't know the results of it yet. I do know that my rod is not hitting my knee.
Why does it hurt when you have a rod in your leg and it rains or gets cold outside? My dr. said that it would hurt when that happens, but I don't know why.
The reason it hurts when the weather changes is because your bone tissue contracts and expands at different rates than the metal that is inserted into it. Therefore, it hurts. I had a tumor in my bone and had basically the same surgery you did - I know what you mean.
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#178
Apr 12, 2011
 
I was in a head on car crash in July 2004, I was 39 at the time. I shattered by Tibia and Fibula, therefore a Rod was put in it's place. I also shattered by Pelvis and I have a screw in place there.
Both the Tibia and Fibula they didn't heal right and I can never have the Rod removed.
I also broke both of my feet and all my toes.
It has been 6 1/2 years since the surgery. I have been through a lot. I am still in severe pain in my right leg. I am not as active as I once was. The pain in my right leg still gives me a lot of grief. I use a crutch or cane depending on the pain that day.
My leg swells up in the area where it broke. I am in chronic pain. Serious pain on a scale of 1 to 10 it is about a 7 and sometimes 9. It hurts just going up and down the stairs. If I walk a lot, I am in bed the whole nest day with pain.
I have severe nerve damage in my right leg and my foot. So the nerves really hurt as well. There is constant throbbing in that leg.
I am wondering if there is anyone out there that after this many years are still suffering from pain? I know the average pain comes from Arthritis and the weather changing.
However, I am talking about the daily pain from just walking? I had all the right physical therapy and so forth at the time. Everything was well taken care of during my recovery. However, the pain keeps me from doing just about everything. I just don't function like I used to before the accident.
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#179
Apr 18, 2011
 
It's sad reading all these negative stories in regards to IM rods. I got mine through the knee in 2006 due to a bad motorcycle accident. The first rod had to come out 6 months post op after a follow up xray showed a portion of it had slipped and was sticking out of my knee and damaging my knee cap. Turned out the 1st doc had put non fixed screws both on the hip and knee area which allowed the rod to move freely within the femur( not the way it's suppost to be done). Found a new doc and he suggested replacing the rod completely with a new one through the knee again which we did. Thought everything was well until i developed horrible knee pains. I also get internal bruising on the opposite side of where the screw closest to the knee sits on my leg from time to time. I lost close to 1/4" or more of leg length. second Doc wont do a thing unless i shed out more $$$$$, and i no longer have insurance so i'm basically f'ed. From all my research it seems that i might be ok if i take out the bottom screw only, however i won't know for sure unless a surgeon goes in there and has a look. I'm 31 years old and used to be a avid outdoors/sports person. I work out my legs as the pain will allow me but i'm not sure i'll ever get back 100%. I can't run and walking long distance is painful. I'm heading to south america this year in hopes of finding a good doc to check out my knee for a fair price. Not like the greedy evil docs here in the u.s. I've had my fair of accidents/surgeries (left knee acl replacement, right elbow radial head replacement) and i always rehabed my self back to good shape, however this femur seems to have been the end of me. And not because of the accident which caused it but by the shitty work of the 2 doctors who i happened to work with. A friend of mine also went down on a motorcycle a year after me and broke his femur in 3 places (mine was only one) he had an IM rodding as well and a year later was running and back to normal life. also for anyone with shorter leg length please keep in mind that decades down the line we'll most likely need a hip replacement. The shorter leg causes that side of you pelvis to tilt down off center and wear out differently. only way around it is to wear a shoe height compensator for the rest of your life!
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#180
Apr 19, 2011
 
hi was suppose to have my rod out my arm 2 weeks ago but im feeling realy ill can i still get pregnant and does it make u ill
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#181
Apr 19, 2011
 
ive had my rod in 3 years
venky d hotti

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#182
May 2, 2011
 
hi im venky at present i discontinued my degree bcz of my leg pain 3yrs ago i broaken my right leg in an accident it ws horrible its under knee it ws totally broaken by mistake doc did fault he only plastered the leg & said me to tke a rest atleast 3 mnths bt it was nt joind agn he did same ofter 6 mnths we cme to knw tht it ws nt joind bt agn he said ths tme wil do operation so he put plate n screws leg in totally i tuk 1yr bed rest it ws lke a hell i cant express in words ofter so long tme im walking nw bt i cant walk properly n still feeling pain nw removed tht plate n screws thn too i hve pain in leg n also back bone so whts the fault here i dnt knw i cant sit n sleep properly feeling lke dieng smetmes so plzzzzzzz im beggng u if u hve any solution for ths cal to 9036092980 or send email to hvamshi42@gmail.com
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#183
May 27, 2011
 
i was in a car accident in 2006 my femur was broken completely in half! a rod and 8 screws were placed there. it took me just about a year to walk straight and now 5 years later i have been in pain where the break was. i am facing surgery this coming wednesday due to when my femur healed back together another piece of bone grew with it sticking out like a spike and is cutting into my muscles and nerves. i also have pain must mostly numbness in my hip and some but not much pain in my knee. I am hoping this surgery does the trick! I just don't understand how some of you was able to walk in a week after surgery i was bed ridden for 3 months couldn't hardly move! then i was in wheel chair for 2 months then cruches for a month then walked with a limp for a while! But i guess mine may have been more severe than others! I hope we all can find relief from our pains! I am glad to know i am not the only person having problems!
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#184
Jun 7, 2011
 
i got the femur rod removed after 4 years and they had to paddle the back of my leg due to calcification to get it removed. like many of you, i started getting bone spurs as a result of the implant. compound fracture from a car accident and an extra piece of bone floating in the middle area became part of my femur as it healed together. my healed leg is slightly longer than it used to be and i have a life in my other shoe. i would get it removed. nothing good can come of metal in your body. as a result of the rod being there for 4 years, i have been diagnosed with pellegrine stiedt bone disease. hope that helps, it was easier to heal the second time.

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