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Broken Screw 15 Months Post-Op

BrokenScrewBBrokenScrew Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had surgery, C1/C2 fusion d/t 9mm space (non Trauma related).

15 months post-op went to the hospital for major pain, stiffness, swelling & weakness on the left side.

After imaging & ex-rays, the neurosurgeon tells me one of the titanium screws are broken and inoperable, too dangerous.

Has anyone else had this????



  • Hi, Broken Screw...

    Sorry to hear your trouble regarding the hardware in your neck. I am not too sure what you mean by broken screw or is it that the hardware has shifted and is lose. I have suffered from hardware being lose and not stable in neck and in back. When the Dr. says its not fixable may be true, but there may be other options. I had had a fusion from the front 1st time it failed and had unstable spine. because of the location of the hardware they could not remove it, instead they went threw the back of neck and did a new fusion leaving the failed hardware in the front. Please get as many opinions from different specialists as possible. Never settle for 1 Dr.s opinion, something I learned the hard way.

    Hope you get the proper treatment you are in need of.

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