I've not been able to really discuss much of my hardware removal with my dr. - so I'll do the next best thing - talking to you all(well, actually you all are MUCH better at telling it like it is).
I was wondering what Post Op instructions you were sent home with after your hardware removal? What restrictions were you given?
Oh, and how long was the surgery? How long was your hospital stay? (I'm praying for no complications this time!!!)
When I ask the office nurse she is just, oh yeah, that sounds ok. I had asked her if I could plan on going back to work in a week.
What about BLT - are you told to restrict BLT after your hardware is out for those first few months post-op?
I would think you need to be a little bit careful, after all, you've got holes in the bone where the screws used to be.
I know that after my ankle hardware came out the ortho told me to be careful for 6 mo. or so, that it could easily break if I wasn't careful. But that was on the small fibula leg bone - eight screws were taken out and the bone was basically swiss cheese afterwards.
I'll ask the nurses during my pre-op apt., my last one was VERY informative and accurate. I just hope I get someone who is just as knowledgeable this time.
Any information will be MUCH appreciated -and thanks in advance!