I had my hardware removed one week ago, original fracture surgery was Sept 8, 2014. He also scoped my knee. I no longer have the hard shin pain, foot and ankle pain that no one could figure out why. Knee is much better. Still some tenderness at surgical site. I am so glad to be rid of that harder pain. I even spoke to the surgeon about doing a better scar. He stitched it like plastic surgery. It still has steri strips on it but I saw one area of the scar and it’s going to look great, not ugly like before. Recovery so far much easier than original surgery. I’m full weight bearing, no crutches. Even my swelling is less. Good luck.