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Lumbar Screw Removal After Fusion



  • Good Luck!!

    We're going to be hospital buddies!!
  • All the very best for Tuesday :D We'll be waiting to hear back from you (thumbs up)
    Keep positive!

    Bruce old timer here and ex-moderator

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  • :) Granny that is great news. (Then you can change your name to something more positive)

    Really good to hear and it feels like this is what you have been waiting for. See, everything just falls into place when it is meant to.

    So give yourself some time out- plan a few nice things to do during your recovery and give yourself time to heal.

    All the best, I will send you some prayers and healing if you would like.
  • 1014rock11014rock Posts: 1
    edited 01/23/2016 - 6:21 AM
    i am so very sorry for the posts i'm reading in regards to issues with hardware or a pedicular screw being a severe source of nerve pain. i just recently had my third back surgery in 6 plus years and this was to address a herniated disc at level l3-l4. i am fused to s1 and the other two surgeries were very successful however i awoke in recovery this time with severe nerve pain and numbness in my left thigh. after calling surgeon and reminding him pain was identical to awaking in recovery i was placed on nurontin 300 mg and then bumped to 600mg to no avail. a cat scan was ordered but the results were not conclusive however on my follow up the surgeon noted almost no reflex from my left leg. i am post-op 1 day after he removed the hardware completely on my left side but left right side in. the surgeon felt confident the top pedicle screw was rubbing on the nerve causing the pain and numbness. the pain level in thigh is more tolerable but i am still symptomatic. at 47 years of age i am hoping for a resolve on this and the ability to return to my job. please let me know if anyone else has had a similar situation occur and what your longer term recovery of symptoms were.

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  • I also tried those patches before my first fusions and they were rough. They worked for pain but the side effects were not worth it! That's when I threw in the towel and went with the fusions. I'm due to have my L2-L3 fused on the 12th and he said he may pull out my bottom S1 screws when he takes out my rods to replace or he may just lengthen the rods. I haven't had hardware issues but I guess after 7 years or more they are not needed. Good luck
    TLIF L4-S1 2007                                         TLIF L3-L4 2008                                          TLIF L2-L3 2016
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