I was hit on my motorcycle by a semi-truck that was running a red light in November of 2009. I suffered multiple injuries, including a L2 burst fracture.
I had posterior implants inserted into my L1-L3.
Here is a pic of my burst fracture, http://tinyurl.com/4exs23p
and here is a pic, 1 year post Op (November 2010)http://tinyurl.com/4j6wsh2
I saw a orthopedic surgeon that specialized in spine, and he was adamant that I should have the hardware removed 2 years post op after I have had maximum amount of time to heal.
I saw a Neurosurgeon and he told me that he was happy to remove the hardware, but didn't see the point, and that he had only taken 1 out in 13 years.
I am 29 years old, and I still struggle daily with back pain (Mostly when Im not on my tramadol meds). I think intuitively I am telling myself that I should remove the metal, because if there are complications later down the track, Id rather have the surgery sooner rather later.
My question is, Have any of you had the metal removed? Did it get worse/better? Or if you have any advice, Id love to hear it.
Here is a what my operation report said. If anyone understands any of this, or sees anything weird/interesting/odd, please let me know
U3 POSTERIOR INSTRUMENTATION L2 FRACTURE
prone on four poster, iv abx, calf pumps
paraspinal muscles reflected to TPs and held with self retaining retractors
left sided L2 lamina fracture noted, inter-and supraspinous ligaments intact
6mm Schanz pins USS fracture set bilat L1 and L3
correction achieved under ll
check images satisfactory
closure in layers with vicryl monocryl and clips over 2 redivac drans