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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had two surgeries c5-c6 fusion in 06 then c4-c7 in 08 now I'm having problems fusing and my plate has three out of the four screws broke. I have gotten 5 different answers about what to do. Is there any one who has had this problem? Three docs say to have surgery from the back and two say to wait it out and you will fuse but I'm in a lot of pain. I don't want to wait it out and it not fuse and have to have surgery anyways. Someone please help I'm a mom of two boys and don't want to loose another year not playing with my kids. I guess my question is is there anyone who waited and they have fused and how long did it take. Thanks Suz


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    fusion was declared a "failure" minimal fusion - Non-union - Pseudo arthrosis ... are some of the fancy terms for just plain messed up! It took me 3 doctors and multiple cats, mri's and EMG's (almost 1.5 years after the 1st) before I finally found an orthopedic surgeon who put my MRI on the view box and said "We have to redo the whole shabang" I was in sooo much pain and despare. THose words were some of the best things I has ever heard in my life .... finally another chance! It is hard to get one (or the same) doc to admit that things are or have gone very wrong. With your case of broken screws ... I and very surprised that they are not moving quickly to resolve your problems since they have now added to the situation. Contact a malpractice attorney .... then have him contact one or all of you docs ... maybe that will motivate them to correct their work .... maybe contact the manufacturer of your plate and screws .... you need to demand resolution and a better outcome.

    Good luck and good surgery outcomes,

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  • Hi Brejomom,

    As metalneck said I wouldn't let that go on. I have had the posterior surgery and it is more painful, but better than living the way you are. The post surgery pain will go away. I really don't think it is a good idea to play around with broken screws in that area. I hope on the revision surgery they are suggesting using your bone? Multiple level surgeries have a higher non-fusion rate. By chance did they get you a bone growth stimulator to try if you are waiting. One way or another your hardware I would think is going to have to come out. I agree with metalneck find out who's hardware you have and contact the manufacture. Hardware at that level shouldn't break. I might also add if you are not fusing and the hardware is broke, there is nothing holding in place as well. If the screws weren't broke you could wait it out but I don't think so at this point. Keep us posted and good luck.
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