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hardware shifting

broncomombbroncomom Posts: 1
edited 08/29/2015 - 9:40 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello all I'm new to the group and had a question. I had spinal fusion T2-L1 8 months ago. My xray at 2 months and 5 months showed the hardware was in the same position. Yesterday's xray the hardware had moved. The PA was going to show it to the doctor. Is this normal?


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  • I also had a similar thing happen to me.I had a back fusion L3 L4 in oct 2014 .in December the xray was good.them in feb 2015 the Xray showed my spacer moved out towards my spine.My dr said that this has never happen to a y of his patients. .so in march they went back in and replaced all my screws and put the spacer back in..I'm still in pain.so now they are calling it a failed back surgery
  • I also wanted to add my hardware is touching and every time I walk or move it sounds like a spring in a bed..
  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 506
    I knew before surgery, L4-5 with disk replaced, of this possible risk, but how does that happen? I'm going to be in a panic whenever I sneeze, which often is painful.
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