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Titanium rods broken after scoliosis surgery

Hello I am new to this forum but I wanted to see if anybody had or has the same problems I am having. I recently had scoliosis surgery after the pain had gotten worse from a lumbar cage fusion from a fall a couple years ago . My degree of curve was 47 thoracic and 52 lumbar. I recently was bending over and heard a large pop in my back. Come to find out I had broken both titanium rods in the lumbar area of my back. The instrumentation was made by Synthes. I have another surgery soon to reinforce the broken rods with more rods and screws. Does anybody have the same problem? I was only 4 months post op. Did anybody have to wear a brace after there surgery and if so how long. I was told I didn't need one after surgery. Thanks for any information.


  • Hey, I just had spinal fusion for scoli of 46 degree lumber curve. I'm at 6 months post op and still have tons of pain but I also have a plethora of reuhmatoid issues. Now they are diagnosing me with either Marfan syndrome or ehlers danlos. The only way I understood if hardware can break as if your fusion it's healing and it's not solid in there. However it's rare for it to break it's not the most uncommon thing I've heard. Is also heard that pending on how bad it is broken wether it's just the screws that came out or whatnot is it causing you tons of pain?? Like I said I'm still dying here at 6 months post op from scoli spine fusion. Do you have anythig else going on? Like hypermobility syndrome? RA or any ruhmatoid disease.
    28 F. Chicago. Fusion from t-12 l-4 from scoli in June 2013. Torn bilateral hip labrums. Arthroscopy to fix labrums January 2013 and march 2013. SI pain from hip surgery Lupus, RA, antiphosphidlipid antibody- hypermobility syndrome ( Marfan syndrome)
  • I'm sorry you are facing more surgery... So the rods snapped in two, both in the same place? And are the screws still in tight?
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Ya Dani girl and All metal its a mess I haven't been diagnosed with some of the things you mentioned or heard of I guess. What's hyper mobility syndrome? I just know that the x ray and ct showed two seperate breaks in each rod in lumbar area . I am a 32 year old male and like you guys know its not fun going through this again being this young. I was doing a lot better with my leg numbness gone and almost done with pt. I just wanna make people aware that this can happen which wasn't really a thought at the time. The doc said usually the bone or screw will break or loosen before the rods will break!
  • Feel better to both of you hang in there, its good to talk to people that can relate. Happy holidays!
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  • Hardware repairs are not near the recovery as the actual fusions.... much less down time, number of days of pain, etc. (in my experience) Hopefully you can get this done before you start to fuse incorrectly. Best of luck to you!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I had 2 surgeries to correct kyphosis and scoliosis with 4 rods being placed from T1 to sacrum and screws in sacrum and hips.I wasn't born like this it was caused by 5 wrongly done thoracic surgeries. A year and a half after 2 ns rod surgery I felt a pop in my back it hurt but got better over a few days 2 wks later felt an excruciating pop on the other side of my back this time went to the emergency room where I found out I had two broken rods. I was not lifting or bending when they happened first one was reaching to get a spice out of my cupboard second was opening a window. The first one broke at where it looked like the rod went through a cage, it went back in place afterwards so that's why pain decreased. The next one broke in a place where there was nothing but the rod causing the first one to pop out again. This led to a surgery to remove top of broken rods and stabilize with four more, but during surgery they could only fit three in. My rods I'm told are steel not titanium. I'm told it's rare for rods to break, but reading different forums I'm realizing this is probably happening way more than it should. I was told the rods would be checked for defects but I would not be told about the findings. I am 60 yrs young and this was now my 8th back surgery I am praying it doesn't happen again. So you are not alone with broken rods.
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