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revision surgery

CurvedgirlCCurvedgirl Posts: 8
edited 09/30/2014 - 7:37 AM in Scoliosis
I am not sure that my posts are going thru. Has anyone had revision surgery due to the Harrington rod?


  • hello Curvedgirl! Can you tell us a bit more of why do you need revision surgery? I had some rods that were removed from a previous surgery (I am not sure what type they were) because I needed a more extensive fusion than I previously had, and the old hardware had to be replaced with new ones. But my need for surgery was due to the collapse of a vertebra right above the old fusion, and not because of the hardware. What exactly did the surgeon tell you, in what way did the rods fail?
  • Was told I needed a pedicle subtraction osteotomy. Due to the Harrington rod surgery in 1979.
  • I had my rods removed 7 years after my initial spinal fusion with Harrington Rods. Even though having the rods removed helped my pain ten-fold, I am still experiencing sporadic and severe pain. What kind of surgery has been recommended for you, and why? How exactly have the Harrington Rods affected your need to have further surgery? I have been having a lot of pain, and will be seeing a scoliosis specialist in a couple weeks. I'm scared of what he might recommend for me, and wonder if further surgery will actually help my pain or just cause more problems!
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