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Hip pain / lock Femoral IM nail protrusion

Hi I had an accident almost 20 year ago and broken mu left leg femur. I had IM nail inserted in the left leg femur. Although my bone was completely healed and I can walk normally, every now and then I have swelling and injury at the hip area. Sometime this cause to lock my hip and I can not move due to pain. I takes weeks for the swelling and pain to completely go away. The IM nail head is protruding too much outside of the femoral head and I think that's is causing the problem. I can feel the extension of the nail over my hip area. I have still screws at the bottom end of the nail. Screw from the hip area were taken out few months after operation. Question is should I get the nail removed and will that fix the problem or is it too risky to remove the nail since it is there for 20 years. Is it better to cut the top of the nail to flush with the bone. Or should I just bear the pain now and then when every I pull of injure the hip muscle (it normally happens when I move my leg in a particular position). I am really confused and don't want to be in worst position then now after nail removal. Any help or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
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replied November 2nd, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Go for nail removal to get rid of these unbearable symptoms.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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