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Mobility question: Would hardware removal increase mobility?

JakotsuJJakotsu Posts: 212
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am coming close to a year post op. I find my mobility is much better then imagined but I wonder if hardware removal would increase it.

As of now I have near zero ability to twist. I know we aren't suppose to but ;)

I am fused and have been since a few months postop.


  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    When you have been fused from L2-L5 then that segment will never move independently - always as one fused unit. So in that case hardware doesn't make a difference as either with it or without it the L2-L5 is fused as one unit.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Ah thank you for the information. I have been wondering this for awhile.

    Surgery was well worth it and I would do it again. I can live with the decrease in mobility.
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