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Question: My husband had surgery 1 year ago on his lower left leg due to a crush injury, he had a metal rod and screws implanted. He is now experiencing pain on the same side and says that he feels like his walk is off balance. Could the rod implant have caused these other symptoms? What are the most common long term effects of this type of surgery? Angelique

Answer: Dear Angelique,

Complications for rodding surgery may include rod migration and problems with the nerves in the affected limb. When problems arise it is important to visit the doctor so he/she can examine the leg.

Depending on the diagnosis, rod removal and/or replacement may be necesary.

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