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Broken titanium rod on spine

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  • scolicinsscolicin Posts: 1
    edited 05/06/2015 - 3:37 PM
    Im 58 and fused from T4 to S1. Both of my rods are broken and life has become hellish again. I exercise constantly and do yoga and swim. Surgeon wants to take everything out and put in FOUR rods and bigger screws. Anyone else ? Sad Cin
    cin heidel
  • EnnaEEnna Spain but BritishPosts: 17
    Oh dear, not sure whether I want this op now. In the process of having botox for pain because I have put so much weight on with Lyrica. I had gone to a private surgeon who say he does this op often and he told me it depended on how strong your bones are as to whether the screws can hold. He put me on Vitamin D which I have been on for 2 years. I am now worried about this op but I have had a bone scan and he said that my bones are much better to hold the screws. Not sure now what to do.... I have a funny feeling that they are expecting me to have botox every so often to save money on the titanium rods and screws. I can't have ADR because I am too old lol. Oh dear, I wish I hadn't read this now....
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  • EnnaEEnna Spain but BritishPosts: 17
    Oh dear, not sure whether I want this op now. In the process of having botox for pain because I have put so much weight on with Lyrica. I had gone to a private surgeon who say he does this op often and he told me it depended on how strong your bones are as to whether the screws can hold. He put me on Vitamin D which I have been on for 2 years. I am now worried about this op but I have had a bone scan and he said that my bones are much better to hold the screws. Not sure now what to do.... I have a funny feeling that they are expecting me to have botox every so often to save money on the titanium rods and screws. I can't have ADR because I am too old lol. Oh dear, I wish I hadn't read this now....
  • My rods broke three years after surgery . I'm in my forties, and at a weight of 112 not overweight or overactive. I was plugging in my iPod when I heard and felt a pop. I went to a doctor a few days later when the pain became unbearable, after X-ray revealed a break they sent me to my surgeon.

    He found that both rods broke and fractured my spine. I had revision surgery to replace the rods.

    My rods were from my T-9 thru sacrum. Since the second surgery I've been unable to do anything. I'm still in extreme pain and my life has come to a stand still. They have said there is nothing else they can do.

    Come to find out that there was a recall on my kit and many others during the time of my first surgery. Our spinal rods are made of the same thing as the recalled hip replacement kit. Our rods are not just one metal but two. Titanium and aluminum in most cases. I would consider finding out if your kit was part of the recall. Each piece has a serial number that you can find out and see if it was part of the recall. I also suggest you get tested for chromium colbot poisoning. I have to have it tested yearly for the rest of my life.

    In hindsight I should never have had the surgery and I should have researched the company and so many other things.

    Don't let anyone tell you they don't break. They will tell you they don't but then I found out that there is a 10% chance of breakage. Check the recall list and insist on a colbolt test, then if your rods number is on it contact a lawyer.
  • siillyy2000ssiillyy2000 Posts: 10
    edited 01/25/2016 - 1:27 PM
    Kpolley said:
    I had my second fusion at L4-5 in 2005 and found out yesterday that the rods are broken in have on both sides. Not sure what they are gonna do yet. Does anyone know if there were faulty rods back then?

    Yes there was a recall on the Polaris spinal kit. Talk to your surgeon and find out your serial number. Mine broke and I had revision surgery. These rods are made of two corrosive metals similar to the hip replacement ones. They also had faulty screws which has caused the spine to become unstable therefore increasing the risk of rod failure. There are many law suits pending on this. Call a lawyer. Because it's been proved its a manufacturer defect all you need is your dates of surgery and your serial number
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  • terror8396 said:
    if people think they have broken rods, then there is probably another issue like installed incorrectly. titanium is the strongest metal and it is used by space, planes, and even the spy plane used in the 80's. me thinks that there is breakage not with the metal but in the areas where the screws are placed, a bone paste is added to the screws and it takes a year or so for the bone to harden. i was told that i could not lift over 5 lbs or do any heavy work at all for a year and also i had to wear a brace. i think some people do not adhere to these rules or wear their brace as ordered and if one does not do this then the screws can come undone or break. it is not the fault of the metal. one can not get stronger metal than titanium and as i wrote before if you research it, there is less than a 1% chance of them breaking. so those who write me and say i don't know what i am talking about should research titanium and surgery. they would not use it in the blackbird spy plane and the shuttle if it would not hold up to stress. my father in law is a stress analysis engineer and he says it is a very reliable metal.




    The rods are not made of one metal. Each kit is a combination of titanium and mostly aluminum. Look it up. There was a recall on a batch of these kits because of a manufacturer defect. It's already been proven, the company admitted it and the doctors were informed after the fact. Unfortunately many of those kids to had already been used when the recall went into effect. So no it's not always the patients fault. I did everything I was supposed too to and they broke. I don't smoke, wore my brace twenty four hours a day, with a half hour break for showers. No lifting, bending of stretching. In the brace for six months, full recovery one year. And my surgeon cleared as fully fused at my one year mark. Three years later they broke while I was plugging in my iPod. So yeah not always a patients fault.
    jon
  • There were recalls on certain Polaris rods and screws. Mine broke after three years and that's how I found out about the recall. I've had revision surgery and it's a nightmare. Chronic pain, unable to walk. I hired a lawyer and I'm currently working with them. See your doctor find the serial number of your robs and check the recall list. I'm
  • Hi
    I am 47 years old. I had spinal fusion in 2010 (T3 to S1). I found out in 2014 that one of my rods broke in the lumbar spine. I have a lot of pain. I am no longer able to work due to my pain. My neurosurgeon says the rod is secure for now. I'm not sure what to do. I also have spinal stenosis in my thoracic spine that causes me even more pain. My neurosurgeon gave me two surgical options regarding the stenosis: go in and fix the stenosis ( "clean it up") or fix the stenosis and go a little higher with my fusion to take stress off my T2 and above. I am not sure about having more surgery. I had spinal surgery in 1984 (scoliosis w/ Harrington rods removed in 1986) revision surgery 2010   Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,693


    charzy said:
    Anonymous said:
    Hi,
    I had spinal surgery 3 years ago. Two titanium rods and 12 screws. I have been experience pain now for 6 months and just had it checked. I was told that a nut was off and the rod had broken and allowed the disk to deteriorate. Has anyone ever had a broken rod that has caused problems.
    I was told that the rod may have broken because of movement.
    Seems wrong for that to happen.

    Contact a lawyer. There was a recall on the Polaris spinal kits. Mine broke for the same reason. Most lawyers to these cases on a " if you win " they get paid. That is how most of them work. Mine only gets paid if I win my case. Yours is not the only product failure. It was proved to be a manufacturer defect. Get the serial number from your doctor and check the recall list with them.
    Help.
    I recently went to the Dr.[EDIT] to be exact! I have had 6 Back Surgeries and have 4 Titanium Rods in My Spine two 22 inch, one 20 inch
    one 16 inch 30 two inch screws and 10 brackets and two 3 inch extenders.My Pain has been off The Hook!! Tests show that I Have a Loose Screw
    . My Titanium Rods have Broke 4 Times. It is Shoddy Workmanship by the Company, The Manufacturer who made these! I am sick of it Something
    needs done and now I have to go under the knife a 7th time I am not Happy and I'm scared to Death!! I need Help in Finding an Attorney. that handles
    pro bono cases! read my story I wasn't doing anything this last time but putting make-up on! the time before that I was Reaching for something and My Rods Blew at my waist. Just doesn't seem right!! I wish They could just take it all out! but that isn't going to happen! but this screw could cause sepsis and i could possibly have to have everything taken out so I guess I'm going under the Knife for the 7th time! I wish You the Best of Luck!!
    GBY, Char

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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis
    Hope1028
    said:
    Hi
    I am 47 years old. I had spinal fusion in 2010 (T3 to S1). I found out in 2014 that one of my rods broke in the lumbar spine. I have a lot of pain. I am no longer able to work due to my pain. My neurosurgeon says the rod is secure for now. I'm not sure what to do. I also have spinal stenosis in my thoracic spine that causes me even more pain. My neurosurgeon gave me two surgical options regarding the stenosis: go in and fix the stenosis ( "clean it up") or fix the stenosis and go a little higher with my fusion to take stress off my T2 and above. I am not sure about having more surgery. I had spinal surgery in 1984 (scoliosis w/ Harrington rods removed in 1986) revision surgery 2010   Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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