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Screw removal after several years?

Hi there, to cut a long story short I had a burst fracture of l2 14 months ago.
I have just been to see my doctor about getting the screws taken out because I was getting some pain and also was hoping that if the screws were removed I would get some movement back. (My spine has not been fused).
He told me that there is no time limit on having the screws removed and it's no different having it done now or 5 years down the line. It will work out for me to wait a few years because of job commitments.
However, I was led to believe that bone eventually grows over the screw heads making them very difficult to remove and I was also worried about the effect it would have on the discs between the fixation been immobile for such a long time?
If any one has been in a simular situation or has any advice it would be greatly appreciated.


  • I have inquired about removal of hardware to. I was told by the dr that after fusion takes place there is no need for hardware. It is just an issue of whether you want to go through another surgery to have it removed. I can feel mine and would love to have it removed. I was just told I have perfect fusion in the thorasic spine but the lumbar is an issue. I also need cervical surgery. I believe if I had perfect fusion in my spine I would have mine removed....hope this helps. Doctors opinions differ on hardware removal.
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