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Spinal Fusion Issues

MOJO77MMOJO77 Posts: 4
edited 06/19/2014 - 5:34 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a spinal fusion, L-5-S-1, in 2007. Prior to that, diskectomy of L-3 on 2001 and the same on L-4 in 2002. Current issue is the fusion. I had been sailing along, with the requisite chronic pain, but it never stopped me from continuing as before, albeit more carefully. Then I had total knee replacement in 2012, the right knee in Sep/2012 and the left in June/2012. Did my rehab, which may or may not have led to a torn rotator cuff operation in Jul 2013. Now, lumbar pain again, which was normal, and after 24-48 rest, I was right. This last time, the pain has been there for 5-6 weeks and upon my visit with surgeon and the MRI and C-scan, it was revealed that one of the screws from my fusion has protruded into my spinal canal. Not, as disabled veteran, I do NOT utilize the VA for anything more than annual visits and Rx's, so they're out of pic. But I guess what I would like to know is if anybody has had this happen, or knows of somebody who has. I have been getting regular injections that "melt" away the scar tissue, and it really does a wonderful job. But, now I am freaking scared to death in this latest development. The surgeon seemed nonchalant, but that's ok. He sees this everyday. But I have to sit here every day and think about it. Anyone have any PERSONAL information on this condition? I get a lot of stuff of the 'net, but I would like a real-life story!
Norman B. Poppell


  • MOJO77MMOJO77 Posts: 4
    edited 06/23/2014 - 8:12 PM
    Verdict is in! My back surgeon has scheduled me for a "hardware nerve block". I have already been told that I have so much arthritis down in the lumbar region that any injection is worthless. I read in another forum that the individual had to be held down, even after being put out. If they have to hold me down, I wouldn't let me up. Does anyone have any information on this "hardware nerve block"? I got the call just a bit ago, after the Dr was way gone EDIT, so tomorrow will be an intel-gathering day, but I hope someone out there can shed some light, so I know where to start! Thanks, and I hope y'all have a good one!

    Post edited to remove political reference...Liz spine-health moderator.. Please read the Forum rules
    Norman B. Poppell
  • is similar to a nerve block, in that they inject lidocaine to see if it blocks the pain , but it is done surrounding the hardware. If it does, and you are fused, they may opt to offer removal of the hardware.

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