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Broken NSpine instrumentation

FrequentFlyerFFrequentFlyer Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
In March 2008 I had my fourth lumbar revision spine fusion for spondylolisthesis L2-L5. NSpine instrumentation (Synthes company) was used. Results were good for one year and pain returned. Diagnosis was collapse of L1-2 plus broken NSpine rods and one screw at L5. There is no explanation for the hardware failure and I understand this is quite unusual in absence of trauma. As a result I had fifth fusion surgery in May 2010. Has anyone had a similiar problem with NSpine instrumentation?


  • Hi Frequent flyer, I haven't had my rods or screws break! I very much hope that I won't have that problem!

    I wanted to welcome you to Spine Health, as I noticed that this was your first post.

    There are others here, who have had their hardware break, and have had to have it replaced. I have no idea which company made it. I expect one of them will answer your post.

    What was your hardware made of?

  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I have had the screws break in the cervical area. I might mention no trauma either. One of the screws had actually shattered which left quite a mess for NS to clean up. He said it took 4 hours to pick the slivers of steel from my spine. The surgeon told me he has never seen anything like this in his 25 years of practice. Im leaning towards I had defective parts.lol.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I have heard of hardware failure though thus far I'm lucky that I have not experienced it. I have no idea what brand of hardware I have in my neck or my back, I may have to ask.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • I had a medtronic cd horizon agile device that had a recall on it for possible breakage. Of course mine broke. It broke both rods when I was pulling on a dead pig, gave me quite a jolt, legs went numb for a few seconds, quite scary! Same thing with mine, surgery took about 4 and a half hours because of cleaning up the fragments, then got pnemonia sp? to boot! Not a good deal! And they told me I could'nt get any compensation because medtronic was protected by the federal government! Thanks alot!
    11 back surgeries, fused from L3/S1. Now have four herniated disc in neck from C3/C7. And two new herniated disc in lumbar at L1-2, L2-3. Passed 73 kidney stones, five surgeries on left ankle that now has seven screws in it and is fused. Both shoulders
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