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My surgeon talked about removing my hardware...

Mindymork62MMindymork62 Posts: 207
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a double fusion at L3/4, L 4/5 back in June. I have a cage, screws, and bone stimulator. The bone stim. you can almost see through my skin on my mid- back on the right side. Pretty good size goose egg. I have been having allot of pain in that area and my Dr. said on my next visit in December he will schedule to take it out. Also, he tested the battery in it and the battery is dead. I just want to know about the actual procedure. He talked about giving me a local, and I would have to be on my stomach. I cry when I have to be on my stomach because of so much pain. Do you think there might be an option where I can be on my side? He said I also would be in the hospital overnight. Anyone else have their bone stim. removed? I am also one of those people who are in pain 24/7, and am looking forward to a day without pain from the actual surgery.


  • I didn't have a bone stim removed, I did have my hardware removed.

    I would hope that if they put you on your stomach that they at least support your stomach so that you can lay that way! I too have issues on my stomach, even over 2 years post op. Usually if I support my hips I can manage it for a bit.

    Good luck.

    P.S. I do know that after my hardware removal I lost a lot of my back-ache pains - it too was a bump you could feel through the skin.
  • I think the greatest concern is that I haven't been able to lay on my tummy since I fractured my T 12 in the thoracic this past November. My current doctor thinks there still could be some issues in that area, even though I had a Kyphoplasty in January. The big surgery was with the lower spine. I'll have to get more info when I go back in Dec.
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