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Zimmer Rods-Urgent pain

Hi All,

I am a very demoralized spine patient after 4 major spine surgeries.

My first surgery was in 1/16 where I had a laminatomy for spinal stenosis and other conditions. I tried to avoid a fusion due to Young Onset PD. Two weeks after the accident, I was rear ended and had to have an X-Lift L4-S1 fusion in 9/16 to fix spinal destabilization. Unfortunately, I didn't fuse and the surgeon put a screw to close to a nerve.I was in tremendous pain and in 12/17 had a L4-S1 fusion revision.  The surgeon took out the screw, put in a  new one, and refused using BMP. It fused but after one month I felt continual pressure in my lumbar area.

In January 2019, I was getting up from my chair and felt a pop. The pain was horrendous and I had a bad herniated disc due to adjacent disc disease. To prevent another instance, the new Surgeon suggested flexible Zimmer rods which sounded like a good idea. However, my back pain is worse than it's ever been and I was never told of the risks. It looks like I have loose screws and other issues as the surgeon removed the other hardware. Other surgeons have said it's only used for pediatric scoliosis and never used in my situation.

Does anyone have any opinions? I have been told I may need a complete redo. which would be a risky 6 hour surgery. I have three young children, run a stressful business, and am afraid for my future. I live in North Jersey.





  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,716

    Hello Jon!

    I am so sorry, you have been through so much!! I was going to suggest that you get other opinions from other specialists, but I see you have done that. If it were me, I would be concerned  about not having a re-do and the complications, if any. If you have one neurosurgeon who you trust and are comfortable with, again, if it were me, I would create a list of questions and concerns of having surgery. 

    I know this is a difficult decision. But this is one for you and your doctor.
    Take care and please keep us posted on how you are doing.

    Veritas Health Forum Moderator 

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