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Back Stabilization with rods and screws

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is having a restful day today and hopefully pain free.

Can I say I have no private health insurance, I have had to pay out of my own pocket both in the UK and Spain - mostly because of the terrible pain

I originally came to Spain from the UK where I had decompression 6 months before I came here. I have had other ops etc. but rubbish surgeon.

After my op I was still in pain, this is 5 years on but now my local hospital has my pain controlled by Pazital and Lyrica. I have now consulted two surgeons in Valencia who have looked at my new MRIs and X Rays (thoroughly done in Benidorm) and both agree that stabilization should have been done at the time of decompression. Neither of these surgeons consulted one another. I also paid to have further tests including a bone scan. From leaving the UK until now (a consultant at the hospital recommended I have vit D treatment twice a day)

So I am booked into Valencia hospital this month and I believe the surgeon is doing a titanium rod and screws. Cheaper screws because of my good bones !!

I still have a little bit of doubt, is there any chance of the titanium screws coming away from the bone.

Has anyone had titanium rods/screws for a few years that could give me piece of mind. The surgeons say I will be OK but thats what I was told years ago and have had bad experiences talking to surgeons. I am putting my life in the surgeons hands. I am fairly fit and do a bit of walking inbetween pills and yoga (think the meds make me put on weight despite me applying a diet)

Thanks for reading this.... Most of the crap I have missed out - more concerned about my op and my 12,000€


  • There is never a guarantee with these types of operations. Some people have hardware problems after surgery and others dont. The best thing you can do is make sure you are doing it with a highly qualified surgeon and then follow your post-op restrictions to the letter. Good luck!
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