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Able to feel plate?

1028761102876 Posts: 248
edited 02/09/2014 - 8:40 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi So I have a occipital- C2 fusion due to a broken C2 vertebrae and a contusion on my spinal cord. I recently found a bump and it is very painful. I saw my neurosurgeon who said it was the plate. Today I was feeling it and it feels like it has made some slight changes in its shape. Should you be able to feel the plate? It is very painful. I will be going into inpatient rehab and will ask the doc on call about this but I wanted to know if anyone has been able to and is you even should be able to. I trust my neurosurgeon 99.9% of the time but this time I'm not totally trusting in what she thinks it is. Anyone else have this, was it a different diagnosis? The surgery was done in October. The things that worry me is that it is large painful and I am pretty sure that it recently showed up.


  • My cervicothoracic hardware is only 4 1/2 weeks old, but I have worked in the medical field for 30+ years. It could be that you are feeling scar tissue or swelling, depending on how long the plate has been in place. Only your doctor will be able to tell for sure, after an x-ray or other imaging.
  • Well it has been 4 months and it is on the left side of the plate but it starts pretty far away from the scar. I didn't have any imaging but I am thinking at my 6 month post op I can re ask her to show me. Has anyone else had this happen to them?
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    edited 03/01/2014 - 8:17 PM
    I had posterior surgery and the rod protrudes out about a inch, It is so close to coming thru the skin you can tell the color of the rod. Ive seen this looked at by 2 surgeons who all tell me it is best to leave it alone but to protect it at all times. Many mris to make sure it is still in place. My niece tries to hang magnets on it all the time
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