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Broken screws in an ankle plate - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   can you tell me why screws would break in ankle after just 6 months of surgery and can plate in leg bend having 7 screws
Doctor :   hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   please sure
Doctor :   i will tell you
User :   ok
Doctor :   For Health purposes please provide your Age, Gender, Location, Occupation, Marital status, Height and Weight, Waist Circumfrence.
User :   44,female, married 5,5 217
Doctor :   Breakage may be due to unstable implant fixation or insufficient support
User :   could it be surgery was not done correct
Doctor :   If the screw is not properly centered as it is being tightened there will be tendency for the countersink in the plate to force it to one side, thereby damaging the good threads already cut in the bone and producing a strain which will probably lead to necrosis and early loosening of the screw

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