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Removal of Fusion Hardware -CD Rods

Lysee55LLysee55 Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have had an anterior and posterior fusion 12 years ago. I am fused from L.4- T12. They are CD rods. Every since then i have had upper back pain near the scapula. I have had every treatment and injection available to date and the only thing that has helped was a Botox injection into the muscle. But my insurance company doesn't want to pay for them. They said it wasn't necessary.
I went for a second orthopedic opinion and also my pain specialist agree, that it is the rods causing the pain. I am going to have them out in the future. I have read that it can help the pain. After 12 years i have just had enough. I take pain meds everyday to deal with it. I am very thin and you can actually see the rods under the skin.
Has anyone had pain relief after rod removal?


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