This may sound silly to some, but I am looking for specific information about the TLIF surgery process after pedicle screw placement. I had a TLIF on 12/14 and am actually doing very well. However, the area around my pedicle screws sometimes is still a little sore. I asked my daughter to massage it, but she freaked out saying she could feel those bumps (the pedicle screws); and she was afraid to massage it because she thought that by massaging it she might perhaps be digging the screw into the muscle/tissue area around it; thereby making it worse. Surprisingly, it had not occurred to me before, but I got to thinking: I don't know what is around those screws that keeps the muscle from being irritated. I don't go back to my doctor until the 22nd, and I don't want to call & waste the doctor's time with just this question! I assume there is SOMETHING between the pedicle screws and muscle? One would think there would be a ton of info on the Internet about this; but TRUST ME - there ISN'T!! I spent a lot of time looking on websites and have not found the answer to this question!
Does anyone know? I am thinking the doctor put the bone graft material on the outside of the pedicle screws? My procedure consisted of restoring disc height for a collapsed disc and cage insertion; with rods/screws in L4/L5 at S1. My surgeon said he used 3 materials to restore the disc: part morselized cadavar bone, my own bone marrow, and protein called BMP. I assumed this combination was used for restoration of the disc. I found some doctors put bone graft material on the outside of the rods, but I don't recall if my doctor said he did that or not. I'll have to be sure to ask. Nevertheless, does anyone know if there is any material between the pedicle screw and the muscles?