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Hardware removal

TraciTTraci Posts: 92
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Visited the Dr. last week because of pain in my leg. Had PLIF L4-S1 one year ago. He seems to think that maybe I will have to have the hardware removed. I think that statement floored me and I did not ask any further questions (should have). He has set me up for PT and another visit in 6 weeks. How can he tell if the hardware needs to be removed? He told me that the screws and all are looking good and the fusion is complete and he can see the bone (pointed it out to me - looked kinda like a shadow.

What are the tell-tell signs that the hardware needs to be removed?



  • Howdy Traci,

    They can do a block to see if it is something with the level (your spine area) or if it is the hardware. I know they will look at x-rays first to see if there is any obvious movement (moving screws will look like they're glowing), or damage to the hardware.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Ask to have a hardware block that will tell you how much pain is coming from the hardware. Hardware block give me a lot of releif but actualy after it was removed from l4l5 it give me some releif not as much as i was hoping.

    Hardware was for sure causing more pressure in the back of my legs. I was having a lami done above the fusion anyways so thats why i had it removed while they are in there already anyways.

    Unless the hardware block gives you some serious releif, i would not just have them go in there again to remove it without knowing if its realy causing a problem or not,

    Good luck, Ps. Hardware block is not at all painfull. Its simple injections around the hardware to block it out as if it was not there so you can tell what pain is without it,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Thanks y'all. What good info.

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