I fell off my bike in December 2011 and got myself a 'displaced subtrochanteric fracture of the left femur', i.e. I broke my left femur in half a few inches below the hip joint. The surgeon kindly fixed it with a gamma nail that runs from the knee to the hip and then has a joint with another pin that goes into the part of the femur that forms the hip joint. Six months later I'm walking, starting to cycle and jog and return to normality.
I am now considering the future - I am very active in cycling, polo, skiing, etc and these are dangerous activities that could result in another break. Having the metal in the leg when breaking it again apparently isn't recommended, so my gut feel is to have it taken out in 6-12 months' time. However, I'm worried about how weak the bone will be because they will need to drill a decent hole or holes in it to remove the gamma nail fixation.
Are there any papers out there on this topic that I could read? Apologies if this is a repeat thread, I'm brand new to this forum.