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What causes discomfort wrist after having screws in distal radius?

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Posted on Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Question: I have a wrist plate with 8 screws in my distal radius from a fracture (7) months ago. I am having a hard time twisting my wrist and some discomfort in the joint. I also have a skin rash in the area of the scar. I assume this is the result of the plate and screws. Should I have the plate removed and what are the risks ??? How long will the recovery take following the removal surgery ??? Thank You, XXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (37 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
2 weeks.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
If there is a restriction of the wrist joint movement and discomfort is present then it is best to get the plate and screws removed.
It is a safe and small surgery. After the removal of plate and screws it usually takes 2 weeks for the soft tissues to heal completely. The discomfort is likely to decrease and the range of movement will be better.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

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Brief Answer: 2 weeks. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. If there is a restriction of the wrist joint movement and discomfort is present then it is best to get the plate and screws removed. It is a safe and small surgery. After the removal of plate and screws it usually takes 2 weeks for the soft tissues to heal completely. The discomfort is likely to decrease and the range of movement will be better. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal