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Anyone have any experience of having a broken titanium rod post fusion at 1 year postop?

galaxieggalaxie Posts: 5
edited 07/28/2015 - 10:25 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Had laminectomy l3-l4, discectomy l3-s1 (xlif ), lumbar fusion with rods, pedicle screws T10-S1 & pelvic anchors. Had surgery on 6/22/2014. I was just starting to feel almost back to normal starting in May, went for year postop scoliosis xray series on 6/03/2015 and did not expect to hear that one rod was broken in half. I will be having surgery again on 8/09/2015 for xlif of l1-l3 with cages and BMP , bone substitute and rod replacement. Will my recovery be almost like going through the postop phase again like last year? I turned 58 on 7/01/2015, my recovery was very brutal. Very bad muscle spasms at 3 weeks postop, took my breath away with any movement. The muscle relaxers ( flexeril, robaxin) did not do a thing nor vicodin. Dr. did not give me anything else. It was worse than awful. At 5 months I did not have to wear the TLSO brace anymore, started PT, helped some. Massage therapy helped the best to relax my muscles by 9 mo. I still have issues of feeling arched forward and discomfort from stress at bra line that is where the spine isn't fused. Please pray for me and hoping for the best on my next surgery.
Thanks to all, galaxie


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  • floridagirlffloridagirl Posts: 3
    edited 08/17/2015 - 2:14 PM
    Hello Galaxie, not sure if you have gotten the surgery scheduled for your problems. I have seen several posts on this forum, however many are very old (seven years was the oldest I had seen). Im not sure what was wrong with your post, I read the rules, but Im not a moderator. :)

    I have a broken rod also, and the hook they use to place on the spine is not where it should be. I think many people are told that the titanium rods can't break (all depending when you had surgery of course) I know older hardware is not the same materials. I haven't seen a solid answer, and I have yet to speak to a new Dr, as I don't feel comfortable going to the same person who did this initially. I have had only problems since the surgery, and I understand about your age, I am also in my 50's.
    I hope you are better, and wonder if you are still having your surgery? I hope you are better, I know how painful all this can be, it seems like all I have done is have pain since my surgery, and my hope is to have all of the stuff put in, taken out...

    Wish you much luck!!!!!
  • Had fixation device come loose 3wks after surgery that was 2 or 3 yrs ago. Now my lower bk ripped on rt side of spine or popped a fusion out . felt like it did when happened b4 1. Wk after surgery. Having to wait 6 weeks to find out with last WC surgeon that did it. Having extreme pain getting up after lying down. It's a never ending nightmare that will be surgery number ten now. They don't seem to care if its causing nerve damage.
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