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X-Stop surgery and bowel dysfunction

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I had the X-Stop procedure Feb.09. about five months later I started to have problems moving my bowels, then I could'nt move my bowels at all, I had all kinds of test of my stomach,colon etc. The back Dr. said "No way can this be from the back surgery". I have had five Dr. tell me five different things. One said I had a spinal cord Injury, the other said I do not have a spinal cord injury, I have had a EMG test. it looked good. One Dr. said I have Anal Sphincter dysfunction a
different word for Spinal Injury. The Back Dr. still says that it had nothing to do with the X-Stop Surgery. I have never had this condition in my life, I am a very healthy person get tons of fiber and water and Have been taking the same medication for two years before this happen, I am very confussed and upset I can not seem to get any answers to my problem, I have to take three Lax. a day to get a movement. I dont know what to believe or how to relieve my problem, cant seem to get any answers. Can anyone that had the X-Stop procedure share their experiance, has this happen to anyone else besides myself? I cant go through one more test. I would so appreciate any feedback.


  • I'm sorry you are having so many problems. The good news about the X-Stop is that it is easy to remove if it is found to be the cause of your issues. I have not had one but was hoping I would be a candidate several years ago, and did lots of research on it back then.

    I know you are tired of seeing various physicians, but I would suggest you get a different opinion from a fellowship-trained spinal specialist. If you are currently seeing an orthopedic spinal surgeon, you might want to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon, or vice versa. A new set of eyes may be just what you need to figure out your problems.

    None of us on the board are medical professionals, but it sounds to me like your problems are still stemming from a lumbar nerve compression...that the X-Stop has not taken care of the problem.

    Have you had a MRI recently? That would be a good place to start. Hopefully a new spinal specialist will be able to put all your symptoms together and give you a diagnosis.

    Please let us know how you are doing and if you find any answers.


    Any time you have lower lumbar problems and then develop a problem with bladder or bowel function, one has to consider "cauda equina syndrome." (CES). You can read about it at this link to see if any of the symptoms sound familiar to you"


    This can occur when a spinal nerve is being compressed. There is a slight chance that a nerve was nicked when the X-Stop was being inserted, but more likely is that you still have nerve compression, for another reason.

    Also, I would be very sure it is not a problem with the L4-5 or L5-S1 segment before you go further with the hip replacement thoughts. Unless you have had all the testing that shows your hip joint has degenerated, I would want to explore the possibility that it is nerve compression from one of these lumbar segments.
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