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Hardware causing Pain or just healing

kadarokkadaro Posts: 37
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

Its been 4 weeks post op for my 2 level TLIF w/HW.

Only on my left side, in my pelvic area....I get a god allfull deep pain :jawdrop: anytime I move quickly or sneeze, hiccup etc. It makes me cringe to the point of feeling faint. It does pass in seconds...which seems forever in the moment.

In bed or resting anyplace, I need to move my legs very slowly, and get up very carefully to start moving. Then All is good once I'm up...but I do still feel a tinge in that hot spot.

My right side is solid.

I suspect something with the screw for my rods on that side. A loose screw, unsolid screw mount...poor fixation?

Is this normal, and will deminish after healing?

Any feedback most welcome...



  • Did you have bone taken from your hip for the fusion? If so, that's probably where the pain is coming from. I know, it's absolutely horrible when it happens. I had more pain from there than I did from the incision. It finally stopped hurting so much around the 3-4 month mark. It does get better and I'm told that once the pain leaves, it seldom comes back (at least from that point, anyway). Sorry you're feeling the pain right now, but hang in there!
  • It's funny you mention this because I had the same problem although my surgery was in the front. I asked the doc why it hurt so bad there, it was worse than the pain from incision. He said it's because they open up your stomach and scoop out your guts and can be rough :sick: Thinking about what they had to do to get to my back just makes me sick. Did they cut you in front or back? Also as joy mentioned, if they took bone from your hip it could be that. They said they didn't use my own bone but I swear they took a chunk of my pelvic by the way it felt for months.
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  • Hi Ming, Joy,

    They did everything from the back/posterior and no bone was harvested. I got those titanium insert/implants in place of my discs with fusion material packed in there.

    The incision feels great, and just achy as it heals. I'm using a Fusion Stimular 24/7 which does not feel like anything....but I'm sure it adds some level of discomfort.

    I'm sure its the screw at the left pelvic area.

    Even though all the hardware (6 screws, 2 rods, 2 inplants) should lock everything in place...I di envision the implants rocking in place as I move...or the screw in the pelvic bone is not tight or well planted.

    The mind plays some weird scenarios...huh?

  • I had a 360 fusion and feel a slighter pain in the same area. I thought my appendix was acting up but I think it is just healing of the insides. It feels like I did too many crunches but thats not happening any time soon. I did have front and back surgery so it could be coming from the back but I really feel its inflammed tissue since I can pinpoint the spot by pressing into my lower abdomen. Call your doctor if you are concerned. I hope we all get better soon.
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