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Double Fusion & Metal Cage

Mindymork62MMindymork62 Posts: 207
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello Everyone,

It's been awhile since I have posted anything. Not being unsociable,just been going through allot, especially with my back lately.
I had a fusion L3/4 & L4/5 in June of 2010. I've been having the normal amount of pain on a daily basis which could be from arthritis..but about 6 days ago I don't know if I stumbled or just jarred my back. I've been having really bad pain where the fusion was done. Feels like spasms, and I can hardly get up and down from a sitting position. I do have a cage back there. Do you think I may have messed up the fusion?
Also, the cage is metal, so does this mean they cannot do an MRI on me? I'm back to taking my pain meds and muscle relaxers, but haven't gotten any relief. I called my surgeon but he is gone for the weekend.


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,366
    Most "hardware" used in spinal surgery is Titanium -
    which is a non-ferous metal .... It can cause minor scatter on the MRI image - But to answer your question - Yes you can have a MRI if your hardware is Titanium.

    As always ..... check with your doctor as he knows your specific conditions.


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