Internet resources relating to Hardware Removal.
[OCOSH Code: D020878 288162005 Z47.0 OP_HR]
A retrospective study of infected operatively treated ankle fractures has revealed that stable hardware should not be removed until after 3 months postoperative and after suppression of the infection with irrigation and debridement.
“It would be helpful to have a multidisciplinary approach with an orthopedic surgeon and an infectious disease specialist....
Added: Sat Nov 14 2009
Hardware removal halts the majority of postoperative foot and ankle pain
Patients’ reconstructions fared best if pain decreased after elective hardware removal.
By Susan M Rapp
ORTHOPEDICS TODAY 2009; 29:34
Many orthopedists offer hardware removal to patients undergoing foot and ankle reconstructive or trauma surgery, but patients frequently do not take advantage of it....
Added: Fri Nov 13 2009