weisssoccermom wrote:Sorry for the O/T rant/vent.
Sometimes REQUIRED on this forum as we both know !!!!
weisssoccermom wrote:I made the mistake of watching a youtube video of the procedure and it looks barbaric! Any advice?
1. Avoid Dr. Google / YouTube
2. Drink heavily and have a designated driver safe ride home ...
3. Trust your doctor ... BUTT if you have any issues or concerns ... Contact them just to be sure
If the bruising and swelling are not going down,
if you have any loss of sensation to the areas,
if the pain is getting worse or running a fever ? => CALL the Docs
Sorry Jaynee I have NO patient
experience here for you regarding pins.
As for the staples, like NHMike said they have special scissor-like tools to remove them.
I have one of my own and actually removed a few of mine, myself = no big deal.
( YES I am a medical geek ! )
NOW for the doctor/surgery side, all I can tell you is that the surgical pins I used in practice were all placed under GA and removed under GA or heavy sedation type meds. Nobody wants the 200 pound Rottweiler objecting to your tableside manner for a procedure
( For those reading this and don't know ... I am a Vet
and most Rottweilers liked me
Depending upon size, location and orientation .... they may well be very easily extracted with little discomfort.
Sometimes they are actually more like "wires" than actual pins and removal is less of an issue.
There may be an option for a loco-regional nerve block / desensitization ? Ask your Doc before the appt.
With your history of having had orthopedic procedures you also know the drill here :
" Sometimes pain is inevitable on this Journey ...
SUFFERING FROM IT ... IS NOT !!!!! "
Get ahead of the issue and be proactive with the Docs.
Cheers and Harmony Jaynee