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Broken Back

I am looking for some advice, in Febuary 2012 i broke my back and had an operation and had T10 and T11 fused by using a bone graft from my hip, i had 2 x rods fitted and 4 screws, over the last 8 months the bone graft has never repaired and the vertibrea has worn down that far it is now a triangle shape at put a 40 degree bend on my spine, this in turn has caused one of the screws to snap, so all in all my back is still broken and one of the rods is floating, you can imagine the pain, i take 30 tablets a day to help this, i cant stand for long about 2 mins and only walk about 50 meters, i cant lift anything more than a kettle, i have lost my job over this, although the didnt say that when they made me redundant.

i have just seen my consutant and he has said i need to have another operation to remove the rods and screws and REMOVE T11 and fit a brace in its place then refit new rods, he will open up my ald scar and also cut open on my side to enable him to remove T11, sounds scary, i already have a lot of nerve damage from my accident i have a numb feeling all accross the bottom of my back and also in the top of my left leg which goes down to my knee.

has any one got any experience of this that would put my mind a rest of what to expect.

Thank you


  • iainrosellaiiainrosella Posts: 18
    edited 12/03/2012 - 2:06 AM
  • I see that no-one has posted an answer here. I have only just seen this post, but I have answered your January Buddies post, so take a look at that one.

    How did you break your spine? Was it an accident or due to osteoporosis?
    I know that facing another spinal surgery must be very scary, but it sounds like it will be the only way to get you out of so much pain. An unstable spine is never a good idea.
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  • Hi Jellyhall

    yes it was a accident, i passed out at the top of the stairs and the next thing i new is i was at the bottom and tried to stand up, not a good idea, but i didnt reliese i had broke my back at that point, i new somthing bad was wrong, dont remember much after that for two weeks due to the morphine haze, then i remember trying to walk again, i pushed myself to far i think and was back at work six weeks later, on crutches, but we had a lot of work on due to the London Olympics, looking back i should have had the six months off i was told to, so a lot of this is probably my fault, and after all that they laid me off.

  • Are you in the UK? I am live just south of London.
    I hope that you will find a really good surgeon who will be able to sort you out and get you back to your life.
  • Hi Yes in UK Yorkshire, i am going to probably one of the best hospitals for spine surgery, Sheffield northern general, thats were i had first op done, surgens are supposed to be good there, after care is rubbish mind, my sister is a clinical negligence solicitor, so she sees a lot of bad things, but she recomends this hospital.
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