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Plate on fibula. Pain and lump above ankle. Concern?

I had a tibial ostootmy last Feb, while the doc was doing that she placed a plate on the fibula as it was sitting still broke after an accident I had years ago ,it didnt bother me but she said it should be put back in place now 8 months later I get severe pain around the plate and there is a lump just above my ankle where the bottom of the plate would be> would this just be calus or would it be more serious? hurts when pressure is applied
Asked On : Thu, 10 Oct 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Development of pain and swelling around the implant (plate) is not a good sign. It may indicate an infection inside. The lump is unlikely to be callus as such an amount of callus formation (size of a lump) is rare in tibial bone.

An xray of the involved area will show the status of the bone and the implant. CT scan may be needed to detect any soft tissue pathology.

I suggest you to consult your treating doctor for further management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Thu, 10 Oct 2013
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