It’s been 2 years since I had an operation to have an IM Nail inserted into my left leg, and although I don’t get really get any pain, just niggles here and there, I have been pondering whether to have it removed? Having the metal in my leg does not stop me doing anything but feel maybe I have become a little reluctant to put myself into situations that might damage the leg. Also, there is a concern if I had another accident, there is no way to predict how the metal in my leg would react? Would it help or make the situation worse?
I am going to see the consultant and run through the options and risks as although it seems having the IM Nail removed is far less traumatic than having it put in, it would mean having a general anaesthetic and being on crutches again for a few weeks. There is always a possibility of complications with a procedure like this and if I’m basically fine now, then maybe it’s not worth the risk?
There is very little on the internet about the recovery from IM Nail insertions and even less about the recovery and process of having them removed. A few people have very kindly shared their experiences on this blog, but may not be easy to find as are hidden in comments way down the page. So, I thought I would make some links to the comments to make it easier to find and perhaps encourage others to share their experiences too.
Carl had his IM Nail removed in August 2012. He has very kindly shared his experiences, including photos, here.
Nick had his IM Nail removed in Feb 2011 and was very kind enough to provide several updates with a lot of detail of what happened:
3rd Update (May 2011)
Andrew had his IM Nail removed just over 10 years ago.
Becs has an IM Nail in both tibias and after 15 years had them both removed in April 2012. You can read the reasons she gave to the doctors to persuade them to remove the nails and her experience of recovery 3 weeks after the removal by clicking here.
Caz had her IM Nail removed after 3 years in August 2012. The doctors did not seem too keen for her to do it, but after one night in hospital she was back home and her knee pain has gone.
Also, please read the comments made below.
If you have had your IM Nail removed or are about to, it would be great for the rest of us to read about your experiences as there really isn’t much information about this and it is so useful and supportive for others to read.