Before my injury earlier this month, I was very active, flexible, and strong. Now, I wonder if I will ever be able to do the things I once enjoyed so much. I have a plate, eight screws, and a bone graph. My OS said I should not even think about ever getting the hardware removed. He was vague when I asked if my knee would ever be fully healed and strong enough to function without the metal. Has anyone had a similar surgery and been able to get the hardware removed?