Can My Plates And Screws Be Removed From My Cheekbone And Orbital Fracture Repair?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I had fracture of my cheekbone and eyesocket and four plates with eight screw were implant in my face…………..I want to ask can I remove these plates once if my fracture got healed??……Will there be any problem of refracture or any another problem after plate removal??
A: It sounds like you have a very typical zygomatico-orbital complex fracture which required three/four point fixation for anatomic realignment.There should be no problem with removing your fixation hardware 6 to 12 months after your original facial fracture repair. Facial bones generally heal completely by 6 months after surgery so removing them should not be a problem. Barring any future facial trauma, removing your plates and screws will cause the bones to collapse or refracture. Given the re-entry operative trauma to remove your hardware, there should be compelling reasons to do so such as uncomfortable palpability, cold temperature transmission or plate and screw loosening.
Dr. Barry Eppley
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