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Hardware removal after new injury need help

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone, last July I had a 2 level PLIF L4-S1 and recovered nicely. I was back to work in 5 months and ended up having a bad accident at work (i'm a heavy equipment operator) which re-injured my previous injury. I had a myelogram done last week and received the results today from the NS. He said that a piece of bone has broken off and has displaced a nerve, he wants to do surgery immediately as i am in tremendous pain. He has to remove the hardware and said that this will be a very complex surgery I guess im just wondering what to exepect. Any input would be greatly appreciated thanks. The 2 level fusion alone was rough I am really worried about what this will be like.


  • Wow, I'm sorry to hear about what's happened to you. I'm afraid I don't have any medical or recovery input for you, but just wanted to let you know we're here for you.

    When is the surgery scheduled for? What has your doc said about how long the surgery will take and recovery?

    Take care and I'm hoping your surgery isn't too bad.
  • Yikes, that's not good news :(

    I don't have much to add, as I didn't have any of the same experience.

    I can add that my NS told me that hardware removal was not as big of a deal as when he put it in. BUT... are they going to be putting more in for you to stabilize your new injury? That broken bone stuff doesn't sound very good. I would think that you will be recovering for a very long time.

    Do keep us informed and best of luck.
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