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Second ADCF Doc wants to unscrew cage - Help



  • Hi
    Do you know what type or the name of your cage?
  • No I am not sure what kind it is. I will find out. The new doc wants my medical records to see what kind of hardware was used. I have looked at it on the MRI and it does not look like it digs into the bone. It has four screws holding it in place. It is a titanium cage, Thanks for your help.

  • Does the doctor want to unscrew the cage or the plate?
    I have titanium cages and they could not easily be removed because they are inserted between my vertebrae and my bone has grown around them.
    Sometimes, when a plate is screwed over the front of the vertebrae, then that can be removed if it is necessary.

    Welcome to Spine Health Jules. This is a friendly place where you can talk to others who are dealing with spinal problems and so can sympathise with you.

    Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your surgery? What are your symptoms? There are quite a few here who have gone on to need another surgery when the first one hasn't given the relief hoped for, or sometimes other levels of the spine need surgical treatment.

  • Cages come in different sizes and shapes some are really small bags made of titanium looking like pieces of a Brillo pad.
    I am wondering when they say unscrew a cage if it's a Infuse type product or Ifuse
    Some are like a square pipe rounded off with threads on the four coners and screwed into
    a hole in the bone threaded to hold it.
    Wondering if it's one of these which can change the whole story and treatment..
    Until you find out which you have there is no way of knowing what there idea to remove it is.

    When you get your surgical report it will also be important to know what if anything was used with the cage. A few products used with these cages may be a issue and removing the cage and contents may be a really good thing. Hope you find out soon.

    Also Titanium is the best choice metal used in any of our implants for many reasons.
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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