Almost five years post op and I'm finding myself writing in this forum because I don't know where else to write. Earlier this month I went to the ER with back pain and creeping numbness. They took xrays and realized that I had snapped one rod (left) and fractured the other (right). I have a T11 - L5 fusion. They sent me to my specialist right away (although I couldn't see him, so I saw his assistant) and then they sent me off for a scan. I got the results back and curious as always I opened them up. I've always thought it cool to look at the hardware in my back. However after looking further down my spine I saw that the last pedicle screw had gone clear through the other side of the vertebrae. Now, I am by no means a professional, and I don't know if its even a bad thing but none of the other screws go through.
I'm not truly sure if this is the right place to post this sort of thing, but I have an appointment with my original surgeon tomorrow and I don't want to bring it up to him and have him brush it off like its nothing.
Also, on a side note, how often do the rods break? It baffles my mind that they do in the first place.
Thanks in advance guys.