My most recent surgery was in January 08. Just a couple of months ago, I started with sharp pain in my right side that radiated around to my abdomen and into my glutes. It seems that the screws are rubbing on the muscle because of my size. The surgeon said that my fusions have grown very well, and he will take the screws out in September. Does anyone know what type of recovery this might involve? I understand from reading other postings that hardware removal has helped many other people. I am interested in any information I can find about the process, recovery time, etc. just so I can be well educated and prepared. I am hopeful that this will be it, and I can permanently move on from these back surgeries. 8>
Here is my history: I have been through 5 back surgeries and an MRSA infection in my spine. After the fourth surgery, I still had spondelolythesis, fusions that had not grown, bone grafts that were off in the middle of nowhere, and hardware that had moved both into my abdomen and out to the back sticking out under my skin. I consulted a new neurosurgeon, and he felt that the multitude of problems was causing my increased pain and weakness, and that he could fix it along with the assistance of a vascular surgeon. The surgery required him to make both anterior and posterior incisions, upon which he and the vascular surgeon remarked at the number of errors they immediately saw. He removed all of the hardware and bone grafts, which had the nerves to my left leg sandwiched tightly. He placed a new screw through the front after removing the screw in the abdomen, did further lamenectomies and removed part of a vertebrae, corrected the spondelolythesis, completed the necessary fusions, and placed the screws and rods necessary to hold it all in place. The surgery was just short of 7 hours much like my other back surgeries. When I woke up, I could feel the difference immediately! It took a few weeks before I could use my left leg, but it is doing very well now.