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Need Hardware removed from c6/c7 fusion. Anyone had this done?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had two fusions of c6/c7. First one Posterior then a year later anterior fusion because the first didn't fuse. The upper back and neck give me constant pain. Also, where the skin from my posterior fusion was stapled, the scar stretched and is now about an inch wide where one of my vertebrea sort of show a big lump in the middle of the scar. Like there is no muscle covering it just scar tissue. Anyway, this is where the pain is most. I had a CT done last week and it looks like the fusion has taken. Doctor said one option may be to remove the hardware. Im curious is this removal will fix this lump in my back and let the muscles heal over the spine like normal again. Also, how much recovery time will this take. And do I get to keep the titanium hardware?


  • Hi kevin,

    first let me say welcome to spine-health. There are a lot of carrying people here who have gone through your very same surgery, myself included. Per my surgeon the posterior muscle should it atrophy there is no getting that back. So in other words need to work on the things that can help strengthen the other muscles. I have had hardware removed as well. I'm confused was your first surgery anterior and then the second surgery was posterior. I did get to keep one set of hardware but my last request was denied. I can tell you getting out is much easier than putting it in and the recovery is shorter. But the same risk apply with removal as does with the original surgery. Anyway good luck with the removal and keep us posted on how you do. Once again welcome to spine-health.
  • Hello Kevin,
    I have had hardware removed to make room for more, both time anterior. I wonder like tamtam why the doctor did posterior surgery first and then anterior, but different doctors do things in different ways. I do know that posterior surgery takes longer to recover from that anterior, due to the amount of muscle that needs to be cut and repaired. Good luck.

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  • I was just told that my hardware will probably have to be removed as well.

    Personally, I feel SO much better knowing it's in there.

    It's just that they think the muscle pain issues I'm having are because of the screw heads - right now I'm waiting to see if it starts to feel better. If it continues to give me this backache (every day, all the way up to my shoulder blades) then I might be convinced.
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