Hardware Removal Surgery on the Foot
Hardware removal surgery on the foot is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of hardware, such as plates, screws, pins, or wires, from the foot. This type of surgery is often necessary when hardware used during a previous surgical procedure is causing pain, discomfort, or limiting mobility. In this guide, we will explore what you need to know about this type of surgery, including the different types of hardware used, the surgical procedure, and the recovery process.
Hardware removal surgery is a common surgical procedure performed by qualified podiatrists. The procedure involves the removal of hardware, such as plates, screws, pins, or wires, from the foot. It is often necessary when hardware used during a previous surgical procedure is causing pain, discomfort, or limiting mobility.
Types of Hardware Used in Foot Surgery
Hardware used in foot surgery varies depending on the nature of the surgical procedure. Common types of hardware used include plates, screws, pins, and wires. The type of hardware used depends on the fracture, joint or tissue involved in the surgical procedure. It is important to discuss the type of hardware that was used in your previous surgical procedure with your podiatrist.
Preparing for Hardware Removal Surgery
Preparing for surgery involves a pre-operative consultation with your podiatrist. During the consultation, the podiatrist will evaluate the condition of the foot and the hardware. They may also recommend tests or imaging to assess the location and extent of the hardware.
Before the procedure, the podiatrist will provide pre-operative instructions and precautions to ensure a safe and successful surgery. You will also be advised to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, in the days leading up to the surgery.
The Hardware Removal Surgery Procedure
During the surgery, the podiatrist will make an incision over the hardware to gain access. The size of the incision will depend on the size and location of the hardware being removed. The incision can range from a small puncture wound to a larger incision, depending on the complexity of the procedure.
Once the incision has been made, the podiatrist will use specialized surgical instruments to remove the hardware from the foot. The hardware may be held in place by screws or pins, and these may need to be removed one at a time. In some cases, the hardware may be held in place by a plate, and the podiatrist may need to carefully detach the plate before removing the screws or pins.
During the procedure, the patient may feel some pressure or discomfort as the hardware is removed. However, the procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, which means that the foot will be numb, and the patient will not feel any pain. In some cases, general anesthesia may be necessary if the patient is anxious or unable to remain still during the procedure.
After the hardware has been removed, the podiatrist will close the incision with stitches or surgical glue. A bandage and a sterile dressing will be applied to the incision site to protect it from infection and promote healing.
Recovery and Aftercare
The recovery process for hardware removal surgery typically involves several weeks of rest and limited weight-bearing activity. During this time, it is important to keep the foot elevated and avoid putting weight on the foot to allow for proper healing.
After the surgery, your podiatrist will prescribe antibiotics and pain medication to help manage pain or discomfort. They will also provide detailed instructions for post-operative care, including how to change the bandage and care for the incision. You may be advised to wear a brace or use crutches to help support the foot during the healing process.
Hardware removal surgery is a common surgical procedure performed by qualified podiatrists. The procedure involves the removal of hardware, such as plates, screws, pins, or wires, from the foot. The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia, and the recovery process involves several weeks of rest and limited weight-bearing activity. By following post-operative care instructions and attending follow-up appointments with your podiatrist, you can help ensure a successful recovery and reduce the risk of complications.