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Lumbar fusion --screw broke.

SquirrelypoxSSquirrelypox Posts: 33
edited 11/29/2014 - 4:40 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey all. I'm 7rs post fusion and have been experiencing a lot of pain at the surgery site. A couple x-rays showed that one of my screws has broken. The doctor doesn't think that is causing the pain. I can actually feel something moving/rubbing in there when I move. There is also some deterioration of the disc space of the above vertebra, but this is some intense lower back pain I am feeling, not that dull back ache or radicular nerve pain. The fused bone looks good still.

Has this happened to anyone else here? I am beyond myself and don't know what to do. I thought this was all over with -- I can't imagine going through any more surgery.


  • I have had 2 fusions, cervical and lumbar 2Plus years ago. Recently I have heard of several people having screws that broke. I am no doctor, but I would certainly think that if one broke it could rub on the nerves cause pain. Ive had a post-op problem for 2 years that I have been going back to the surgeon for and I heard the same thing each visit that nothing was wrong with the fusions he performed. So recently I went to another orthopedic surgeon and he found the problem immediately. I Wish I would have seen another doctor a long time ago. I don't know if that would be an option for you to get a second opinion, but it may help.
    I understand your thoughts about the possibility of having another surgery. I wish you the very best and that whatever the problem is I hope that its resolved ASAP.
  • 1028761102876 Posts: 248
    edited 11/30/2014 - 8:21 AM
    I would think that a broken screw would hurt. My screws loosened and they were super painful and my neurosurgeon says that it makes sense. I would get a second opinion because it is obviously causing problems.
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