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Hardware removal halts the majority of postoperative foot and ankle pain

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Description: 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. For those who do, this practice can play a positive role in their pain management, according to Tampa-area investigators.
To better understand the factors affecting pain in these patients, Dolfi Herscovici Jr., DO, and Julia Scaduto, ARNP, prospectively enrolled 28 patients in a study to evaluate hardware removal outcomes in terms of how greatly and quickly pain levels improved.
According to Herscovici, “94% of patients had a decrease in pain postoperatively. The best results appeared to occur in the reconstructive patients.” Those with the next best results: trauma patients without workers’ compensation claims.

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Added: Fri Nov 13 2009