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Screw out from previous surgery

kbaker1018kkbaker1018 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi All,

I had neck surgery in 2006 and had a disc fusion with screws installed. Since my surgery, I ave lost about 50 lbs. and I am an active bicyclist riding over 80-100 miles a week. In August, I did an event and had neck pain following. After physical therapy, went back to dr and x-rays showed a screw has come out of fusion area. Has anyone had this happen? How do you think it occur? Do you think my cycling had anything to do with it? Any answers would help me out gratly. Thanks in advance.


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I not only had a screw come out but also had a shattered screw along with a backing out screw. Did your neck fuse? After the fusion has taken place the hardware is useless.If the screw is not causing any problems they more then likely will leave it alone. My surgeon told me that sometimes it just happens. I would imagine that on your original surgery you signed a form stating that you were made aware that the hardware could come out or fail.
  • My first thought was when you bicycle, you keep your head bent up for quite a long time, don't you? I wonder if that's a problem for cervical surgery patients post-op. I know that I can't keep my head bent in any one direction for very long without pain, especially up or down, except for straight ahead without my neck bent.

    So if your screw came out, is it just floating around in there? Or do you just have a screw loose (sorry for the pun, but it's kinda funny)?

    What does your surgeon want to do about it? Like Susan said, some people have to have their hardware out if they've fused due to pain and problems with screws. The good news is that hardware removal is much easier than the original surgery.

    Good luck to you and welcome to Spine-Health.
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