I know 2 people with a tibial plateau fracture whose hardware was removed, and they were happy about it.
Mine is planned to be taken out in November-December, 1 year after my accident.
Belgian doctors say that – if medically possible – it is better to remove the pins and screws, for they may cause internal damage when you fall on your knees.
The hardware has caused me daily pain since 3rd December. The more active my day, the more my knee swells and the more the pin and srews pushes from the inside out. An ordeal.