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Hardware Removal

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Can anyone tell me about this? I need to have my hardware removed before they can figure out more about my problem. The hardware is keeping me from getting a proper CT or MRI due to being surgical steel.

ALL the info you can tell me will be greatly appreciated. Recovery time, pain relief?, your personal removal stories, etc. For some reason I'm horrified to get them removed. I've grown attached... I honestly would like to keep them after they're removed.


  • Hi

    In your first post you said "Well, to introduce myself. I'm a 22 year old female. I had spinal fusion surgery when I was 13 years old. T3-L4. After the surgery I returned to my life of horseback riding, soccer playing, and other activities till I started experiencing some gradual pain starting around age 17"

    If I counted correctly that is a 14 level fusion. WOW

    My son-in-law had his hardware removed but his was only a 1-level fusion.


  • Haha yeah, but I'm guessing it's essentially the same thing. Do you know if he had a harder time with the actual surgery itself or the removal?
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  • If you go to Bruce the moderator's page, he has a whole bunch of personal experience info with hardware removal and how well he has done.

    Mine was just an overnight stay. I was a late afternoon case and never needed to even push the PCA(pain pump) button after midnight. The ice packs felt better on the incision than any drugs(except when I had to move, then valium was very nice for muscle spasms.)

    With the first time, I was able to return to work part time with restrictions at 3 weeks postop. I initially had felt pretty darn good considering I just had surgery! I had different complications that impacted recovery so if not for those, I probably would have been even better. It is NOTHING like getting that stuff put in. It really is an easier surgery. Now, for so many levels, things might be a little more painful, but for just 2, it's not bad at all.

    Remember, ice packs are your best friend for this!

    Good luck!
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