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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** and I've been a veterinarian for 15 years. I'm sorry to hear about this situation with Remi. Did the surgeon say that the plate and screws looked good after the surgery - post operative films? Did you ask them why a screw would come completely out?
That is interesting! For three screws to migrate out, I would be curious is the tap was done in a size to large and the threading on the screws being used didn't bite into the receiving bone. Basically could the screw have just been smaller than the hole that was created to place them in. I would be curious to hear if they specifically dos anything different with the second surgery to improve the odds that this doesn't happen again. Sometimes surgical procedures just don't heal / hold as intended. I'm hoping everything is going better here after this second procedure.
Nerve injuries are the ultimate unpredictable situation. Could there be some pressure or injury to the nerve that will subside with time? That is the hope. Can the nerve regain its normal function? There is no way to know specifically and all that can be done is to give time and physical therapy / supportive care so they don't injure the tissues of that leg. Specifically not dragging it to cause sores with it. Using booties to protect it may be needed. The surgeon that did the surgery did their best job and sometimes things just don't go as planned. It is the unfortunate way of medicine. It can sometimes throw a curve ball when least expected. The physical therapy for the leg will help to keep up mobility and flexibility while hopefully the function returns.