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back rods

kittkkitt Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in New Member Introductions
any one know if a back rod can snap on its own? my niece with cp has had a rod in her back for the last 10 years , can they stap on there own? she's in a group home for the last , i don't know how many years now but can they snap on there own or could it be abuse from the staff. she's like 30 now.


  • Kitt,

    First off, Welcome to Spine Health! I can tell you are frustrated, but 4 minutes is hardly enough time most times to get a response. It can take an hour, or 24 hours depending on who logs on. :)

    The short answer, yes. Metals are not perfect in their grain and strength, snaps, cracks, breaks can and do happen, but in only a very few cases. I don't know if I would be so fast to point towards the staff abusing her either. That's a big gun to pull out without proof - putting the cart before the horse a bit? But the short answer is ...yes.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. this sounds like it could be a bigger problem than just a broken rod in her back.. you are so kind for taking the time to care for your neice!! it sounds like she really needs you now.. if she is being abused, please take that seriously. i know it is hard to know in those situations what has gone on... good luck to the both of you.. we are here for you as well. stop by anytime... Jenny :)
  • Sounds like you have two issues.

    First is getting that rod taken care of. I'm guessing that you have taken her to a spine specialist and that they will do what is necessary.

    The second is finding out what is going on in that home. Since you are asking this question you must suspect that something is wrong. Is it possible she fell or did something else that might cause this? And is there any other evidence of abuse?

    For your neices sake tread carefully unless you are prepared to remove her from that home. I can sympathize with your upset but please don't jump to conclusions since somethings can never be taken back.
  • i want 2 know about my rod i had put in 4 yrs ago and found out it broken i dont know how it happened but will i have to have it taken out. will i have to have another put in.
  • I had severe scoliosis for 28 yrs which brought on by a spine stroke when I was 12. I was left a partial paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.

    Four months ago, (September 2011), I finally had corrective surgery which consisted of a 23 inch scar, 2 long rods, 23 screws, hooks & eyes and all the other hardware needed to secure the rods.

    December 15, 2011, I was riding a bus (taking a holiday lights tour) and hit several painful bumps and pot holes. I had a scheduled post-op appointment with my surgeon the next day. He orders x-rays as usual and shockingly to both of us, one of my rods is broken about 4 inches from the bottom and also broke away from the bottom hardware. Keeping in mind that I am confined to a wheelchair and have been in a rehab facility since September; This seems virtually impossible to me.

    I did have surgery January 5, 2012 to fix the broken rod (not replace) by removing the broken piece and replace with a longer rod secured to the original rod.

    How can I find out who manufactured my rods? Will my medical records provide that info? I want to know the statistics and chances of this happening so soon after surgery with absolutely NO reasonable or reckless cause.

    Note: I asked for and received the broken rod and attachments.

    Fact is, I will be living on egg shells for the rest of my life wondering if they will break again.

    Any thoughts??? - Sorry so long. :)

    Spokane, Wa.
  • Your op report will have the manufacturer information on the hardware used in your surgery. Normally it takes a request submitted to have your op report released to you, but well worth doing. Your surgeon can also give you that information, because he had to select and sign for the hardware he used. Your insurance company will also know because they will have been billed for it.

  • Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I have requested all my medical records from both surgeries including or reports.

    Keep up the nice thing you do here!
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