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Hardware Removal vs Second Surgery

Txcherokee69TTxcherokee69 Posts: 3
edited 01/07/2016 - 9:49 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
In January 2014 I fractured my L2 and blew out my L4-L5-S1 disk. In March 2015 I had the disk replaced and a double fusion. Since then I have been hurting more and my activities are limited more because of pain. I've been to two neurosurgeons while the first iPhone told me this isn't Burger King and I can't have it my way the second did a Mylogram and found two screw possibly touching my nerves and one is loose. He said my fusion is not tKing and now I have the option of having the hardware removed form the left side and redone to the right side or having it removed all together. Has any ever experienced the removal of hardware to go back and have to have another surgery to put it back in? Has anyone ever had there hardware removed? Is the pain better or worse?




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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I think anything to do with spinal is not a one size fits all. Just because one did not have pain with changing of the hardware doesn't mean you will not have pain. It is different for everybody. I have not had Lumbar surgery but can tell you everyone is different! Sorry about this hardware issue. A shame you are faced with this complication.
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 719
    Hey JJ...

    If your fusion is not taking you need to get things fixed NOW... don't wait. In my case one of the pedicle screws broke and the fusion which was weak (like yours) slipped so they had to go back in and completely redo my L5-S1 fusion. If your hardware is loose and your fusion is weak you run the same risk of the fusion slipping or breaking.
    Harry - 62 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • I'm wondering if anyone has had stability problems after a failed fusion? I really don't want anymore hardware put in.

  • I'm kind of in the same boat. After almost two years of agony after my first surgery L2-S1 and C5-C7 abd so much more, including a spinal cord stimulator, I have been told and shown proof that my fusion did not take and the non fusion and hardware and loose screws are wreaking havoc on me. The pain is unreal and my day to day life sucks. So now facing an ALIF if I decide to do so. Not thrilled about the risks and or chances of little to no improvement. Feel damn ed if I do and damn ed if I don't. The down time as lone is brutal as a mother and wife. And all that comes with it is just as awful. Keep me posted as I'm very curious as to what you do next. I'm at a loss for words as all I do is read and research and write down questions for my doctors et . Daunting task, especially when life around you never stops and neither does the pain and suffering. Good luck to you and I look forward to hearing about your journey.
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