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Spinal fusion rods breakage

evaacseevaacs Posts: 1
edited 08/11/2015 - 8:32 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, I'm a new member, & I'm not to sure how to use this site! So please bear with me.
I've been suffering with back issues for many years. Finally a few years ago I was diagnosed with scoliosis. I was told I needed spinal fusion from T-10 to the pelvis. I had my surgery on July 24, 2014. They fused 8 vertebrae with my pelvis in a surgery that took 8 hours. I spent 3 days in intensive care, total 1 week in hospital and 3 weeks in rehab.
Recovery was very painful and difficult! I was told by my surgeon, that after the initial year of recovery, I would be well enough to play doubles tennis!!! Even though I never really believed him, I was hoping I would be able to walk again without pain and a limp at least.
However that was not to be. Beginning of October (10 weeks after my surgery) the first metal rod in my back broke, which was only diagnosed in March, 2015, when I went back to my Dr., complaining that I'm not improving, have a lot of pain, and have a great difficulty walking.
Well on May 18th, 2015, (8 months after my surgery) the second rod broke! Now I have no support for my spine at all. I'm in a lot of pain, and can hardly walk. I'm scheduled for surgery to have the 2 broken rods replaced sometime in September.
My question to you is, how frequently do these rods break! Do you have any contacts where I could find any information about my problem? Could my rods have been defective? It's not like I was doing summersaults during my recovery! I really would like to have more information and have no idea where to turn!!!
I would really appreciate any assistance you could offer.

Liz.....spine-health moderator



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