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Harrington Rod Removal...

I just found out that my Harrington Rods are fractured bi-laterally from L5-S1. Thought this was a bad thing but to my surprise it just might be a blessing. I have been in so much pain since they went it 3 years ago because of sever scoliosis, in fact, the pain has been more severe since I had the surgery than before I had all this metal but in my back. T5 through L2 through S1. I would like to know if this is a good thing and what are the ramifications of removing the rods? I defiantly want them out but don't want to have the possibility of further surgery in the future. Has anyone else had this happen and had the rods removed? What is the recovery time? Is it as bad as the first surgery? Any help would be appreciated!


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • tableonettableone Posts: 12
    edited 07/23/2014 - 6:52 AM
    Yes, I had all my hardware removed.

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  • QuebekerQQuebeker Posts: 2
    edited 07/22/2014 - 11:31 AM
    I've had 2 extra surgeries to remove broken material and screws and it is unmistakably painful each and every time. But I prefered having it removed than feeling bits and parts of material when touching my back. You seem to experience a lot of pain, even prior your operation so I doubt it could get worse! There are always risks but if you WANT to take the broken stuff out, it's probably worth it. On my 3rd surgery they punctured my dural sac and I had to spend weeks in a hospital bed but fear apart, it all turned out great!

    My "full" recovery was rather quick (about 2 months), but I was back in college the very next day I left the hospital. Walking like a zombie but still... It is not NEARLY as bad as the first surgery. You'll see it as a... crawl in the park :) The mere satisfaction of knowing the broken material is out suffice to deal with the (much shorter) pain.

    If you feel you should go through it, it's probably for the best then!
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