Pascal (---.188-203-24.mc.videotron.ca) 5:13pm Mar 19 2007
Hi! About 12 years ago, I got some accident and they had to put a screw in my ankle. I could live with the screw without much discomfort until a few months ago. It started to ache a bit and the surrounding area started to sore a bit too. The first OS I've seen was reluctant to remove the screw. He claimed that the ache is not big enough to justify a such "risky" surgery. His argument? After 12 years, the screw is likely to break and cause complications! Then, I saw a colleague OS. He was quite positive in removing the screw. He said that any stranger material should be removed and there's no risk to remove the screw even after 12 years. My appointment is in a few days. My questions:
1) Since I'm not feeling much ache yet, I'm a bit reluctant to get the screw removed (benefits versus risks). After 12 years, is it risky to have such surgery? Is the screw likely to break? What happens if it breaks?
2) OS recommended to do the surgery with a local anesthesia (plus a sedative if needed). I'm a bit anxious about the surgery itself and having to whitness the intervention. Is it painful to get an ankle screw removed with only local anesthesia? Is the local anesthesia itself painful (compared to an IV or blood stool)? Do they have to use a "tourniquet" for the local? is it painful?
3) Which kind of recovery should I expect? Should I be able to drive after a few days (2 or 3 days) for such "mild" surgery (according to OS)? What about gym?
Bottom line: I still have 3 more days to cancel the surgery but I feel I should go for it because soon or late, I'll have to face it. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!