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Rod Removal After Spinal Fusion Surgery



  • Babette123BBabette123 Posts: 7
    edited 08/11/2014 - 6:22 AM
    sandi, i am in tremendous pain and have been for some time and now even more so since i walked this week. i will need to get back to you with exact numbers for the laminectomy. the "some reason" for needing a laminectomy, as i said was due to spinal and foraminal stenosis, accompanied with bulging disks, ddd, herniation, but as with all stenosis, when everything is tried and nothing works, i read repeatedly, a laminectomy was the answer. i was told no to my request, yet ater almost 6 yrs. of nerve pain, i was rushed to er after waking up to unbearable, burning pain in both legs and was given a doctor who was on probation. edited i don't know. i know my spine was straight until he did a laminectomy that i believe was l4 to l5, but would have to get my medical records to tell you exactly. and after the reconstructive scoliosis surgery, i got a fracture in my neck, requiring even more surgery. i was told it was probably due to gravity and the weight of the hardware. and yes i have 2 titanium rods and screws and it runs from my neck to pelvic area i have spondyly.(sp?) with compression around l4-l5 and am still waiting for my neck to heal after a scraping down from bumps that appeared on my neck after the last neck surgery, which is hurting terribly. the surgeon was told of my discomfort and has given removal or partial removal thought. i worked out previously for over 26 yrs. straight and felt fine after the surgery (walking the entire hospital, and still fine on post op visits. i fell on my knees, not sure if that has anything to do with it, but have gotten worse over time, not better. not sure why you phrased "some reason having a laminectomy" and "somehow developed scoliosis" when i believe i mentioned it a few times. i have had a terrible time with the treatment or lack of. i am well aware my surgeon would know best and i need to be totally fused, which i am. i was looking to hear from others with removals, since it has been discussed with my doctor, i had a need to vent and compassion. i thank you for trying to help. you stated i somehow had a laminectomy, is not spinal stenosis the reason anyone has one? i am trying to understand what you have not been understanding from all that i said. i had also previous said i had hardware from my neck to pelvic region. thanks again. also, if i am having severe trouble after walking and find the hardware feeling like it weighs 50 lbs., is that really a normal feeling when i was up and about in the hospital and felt pretty good and have progressively felt worse with time? i don't expect an answer to that. i am waiting for an appointment with my surgeon.

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  • The other doctor was spoken of only b/c of questions you asked and it involved him, He caused my spine to collapse and caused the scoliosis. I almost died, b/c it was about to puncture my liver. Your questions made it necessary to bring up this other doctor. His records are on the internet and I will not mention him again. I have no more to say. I have repeated it was my entire spine every time. I will be seeing my doctor.
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  • Hi There,

    I m totally new here.. I had a car accident on 25/12/13.. Next morning I had a spinal fusion surgery T10 L2 with 2 rods and 8 screws.. I had 3 bones misplaced at the time accident. After the surgery I have started to recover moderately, but last 1 month I m in so much pain.. I can not wear a bra.. It is so painful and sore.. I feel a heavy back and feel the screw all the time.. Dr advised to take screws off when went to him first time in August,14.. At that time he dis not see the CT scan.. Now last month he saw the CT scan and asked if I want to leave the screws... I got so confused... He told me my spine is fused now if I want I can do it.. I really want to live a normal life.. I have no children yet.. I m 31.. Is hardware removal is a solution to get rid of pain and to get some more movements? Thanks

  • I recently saw a surgeon that suggested..after 25 years of having rods in my back, that my pain would decrease greatly by having them removed. I know no amount of medication or the surgery will take away the pain that i have learned to deal with , but I hope that having them removed will help. I am wondering , thanks to the fears that my family has now put in my head, if I should get a second opinion. My surgery is set for November 11.
    tanya bielak
  • Hi there! I had my rods removed 7 years after my surgery. The doctor told me that my pain was caused because I was thin and active and didn't have enough soft tissue to cushion the hardware from my muscles. After my surgery the doctor commented that I must have been in a lot of pain because he had to remove a lot of scar tissue. If the doctor does a bone scan and determines that the fusion is complete, do not hesitate to take out the hardware if it is causing you pain! I did, and am very glad I did! Please don't wait as long as I did and injure your muscles in the process!! If you have any other specific questions, feel free to private message me! We can all get through this together! All us twisted folk have to stick together!!
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  • Hi, I had my rods removed 7 years after my spinal fusion surgery. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made! My muscles and ligaments weren't moving around the hardware properly due to my small frame and active lifestyle (I am a dancer). I only wish I had had them removed sooner because I had developed a lot of scar tissue around the hardware. If your daughter is having trouble with the hardware, and the doctor determines that the spinal fusion is solid, I say go ahead and have them removed. Please don't wait so long that it causes her more pain. I hope this helps! Good luck!
  • I am 45 yrs old and had the Harrington rods put in my back for a 56 degree curve in upper back in 1982. In 2000 I started to get severe pain in back. Surgeon told me that in some cases as long as fusions are strong they take rods out to help pain. When he went in to remove mine he saw that they had broke while inside. Since then I have heard of many people having the same problem that the rods break, especially the older Harrington style, or that they start to shift with age. Women naturally start leaning forward in the upper back and shoulders as they age which also affects the rods. Now my lower back has curved to a 40 degree curve which is messing up the balance of my hips and severe pain in lower back. Does anyone out there have a similar problem with a second curve later in life?
  • I also had the rods and screws removed and it helped a lot! The screw was right between my shoulder blades and would get irritated if I sat in a metal chair or some car seats because it would rub and pinch. My original scoliosis surgery was in 1982 and after three years the doctor said he could make a 3 inch incision to remove the screw if it bothered me. I never did it but move ahead to 2000 I started having severe pain in back. Went to surgeon and he said a lot of people have them removed because of pain, especially the old Harrington rods like I had. In surgery the doctor found that everything had shifted (due to normal aging) and started to come apart. I was up and during normal household choirs 4 or 5 days later. It was nothing like the original surgery at all. Now my lower back has curved severely over the last year or two. Now I don't only have a lovely humpback but uneven hips and rib cage to match, great..... Has anyone else had a second curve occur after scoliosis surgery? To the post with severe pain, I have it too, I know it's hard to get any excerise done without pain but I have found it's worse if I just lay around, ALOT worse. If I can just walk the driveway or do a routine of housework it makes it a bit better. I also lost my husband and daughter within 6 months and depression hit me hard. That also makes the pain worse, like your not depressed enough being in pain, but talk to your Dr. aBout getting you treatment for the depression and it might lessen the pain a bit also. Hope you find comfort:)
  • D SanchezDD Sanchez Posts: 1
    edited 08/13/2015 - 5:35 AM
    i had a spinal fusion december, 2014. it was soon discovered that 2 of the screws on bottom we're not placed properly and we're rubbing against a vein. they had to remove 4 screws and replace them. i changed doctors and went to a dr. that uses the mazor robotics system and less evasive incisions. i was scared to death because my first surgery was very painful. so 7 months after my first surgery, i had the second surgery. this surgery was not half as painful. i was so thankful. i had to stay 1 night in the hospital. i did not require morphine. i did take pain medication for about 1 week, but not as often as on label. you still have to be careful about bending and twisting, but not as much as the first time. if you have to have this done, don't be afraid as i was, it was a breeze compared to the first surgery.

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  • Hi j am looking getting mine redone, I have had it in since 2002, I was 15 at the time. I'm nearly 30 now. And it is so painful in between my shoulder blades. I'm in chronic pain all the time. But was told that it needs replacing every 15 years for successful fusion.
    Emily Betterridge
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