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Rod Removal After Spinal Fusion Surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Scoliosis
My daughter had spinal fusion surgery 2 years ago Nov 2007 she was 12 years old at the time now 14.
Her curve was at 58 degrees. Her titanium rod is about 10 inches long on her lumbar spine. She has been experiencing pain over the last year. Her doctor has told us that rod removal may be an option after further test are ran and she is 100% that the spine is fused. My daughter is extremly upset with the thought of another surgery as am I.

Has anyone had this done? Can you please offer any advice or experience with this pain.




  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    Hi Bernadette,
    I can't speak from experience but I have read here where people have had the rods removed for one reason or another. I would be certain someone with that type of surgery will respond. In the mean time check the archives of this thread, you may find what you are looking for.
  • I cannot speak from experience but I have read that the rod removal surgery is not nearly the huge surgery that the original surgery was. If she is fully fused, there is no need to have the rod there, because her spine will be stronger than the rod.

    Have they been able to tell you why she's getting pain? Did they use BMP in the first surgery? Are they going to run an MRI?

    There are surgeons who specialise in revision surgery, I hope you can find one.
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  • During one of my surgery's I had to have about four levels of hardware removed and replaced with new stuff. The part ware they removed the hardware didn't hurt at all. What hurt me is they had to extend it up into my neck and that of course really caused a lot of pain but the area ware it was removed and replaced did not cause any.
  • hi i had a fusion a few years ago l1/l2 and having the rods removed was the best thing i ever did, i was up and about and home in less than 24 hours and I had it done about 8 weeks ago, even the operation pain was not half as bad as the fusion operations I had before. i am still recovering but feel better for having that out of my body stopping my muscles from moving properly.

  • hi, it's good to hear that you feel a lot better after removing all those rods. i am with you. i got a spinal fusion on august 2007 when i was 17 and it was frm L to T (i forgot the number) so basically my whole back. and I don't feel good about myself at all. I feel like a robot. it's so hard to not have the natural body muscle movement on my back. and my upper back hurts a lot. lower back, it's manageable because thats where i had the 50 degree curvature. but i really wish to remove rods on my upper back. so i deserve at least some FREEDOM!

    when they removed ur hardware, did they take out the screws as well? is that mean you have holes on your vertebrae?

    do you feel better after the removal? please respond to me.

    - J
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  • Hey just in my experience,had scoliosis and had a spinal fusion done 3 years ago now. Last year i had surgery to remove aa piece of one of my lower rods as it came loose, the operation was fine, i was out in 2 days of hospital,quick recovery!. I have to go for another operation now to get another bit of a rod removed as that came loose now!(so fustrating!).

    I did ask my surgeon about getting it all removed as i didnt want anymore surgery after this one coming up. He said it would be best not to get it entirely removed..the first reason was that my spine might bend or buckle under pressure from removal..even though my spine is fully fused.He told me that since my spine was fully fused, the bone that is fused in my spine is around the rods and that it would be a tricky surgery to remove the rods. Hope that helps a little..ask your daughters surgeon many questions anyway. Hope it all works out.- Heff
  • tableonettableone Posts: 16
    edited 07/26/2014 - 2:15 PM
    Yes it took eight hours to have my metal/hardware removed because the bone had grown over the metal.But, it can totally be done, you just need a surgeon who is willing to do it. Be persistent; it's not the surgeon who has to live with metal in his back, it's you!
  • Long can the rods be in before being removed? Mine have been in for 10 years and I am thinking I would like to have them removed.
  • welcome to spine health.......https://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-message-resource

    having the rods removed is not normally done, unless there is some medical reason for removing them. an allergy to the metal, or a proven pain generator. why would you want to see about getting them removed?
    you would need to discuss that with a surgeon, and see what he or she recommends based on your reasons for wanting them removed.
  • Babette123BBabette123 Posts: 7
    edited 08/08/2014 - 7:48 PM
    Hi, I'm new here and have been totally miserable with the hardware. It is more than 1 1/2 yrs and it seemed fine at first but now feels like I am carrying so much weight, I feel it moving all around and hate it. I can eel it pinching me, and it feels like it lowered. I was given a fracture on my neck, I believe from the position and weight of it. I am small and no matter what he says, I think it's too much. I can't walk like I used to, not even close and it is so sad to me. I feel I lost a lot of what I loved, exercise and walking. I would love to get the ok and feel confident I would be ok. I was given scoliosis from a doc who cut off too much lamina bone. He was on probation for using drugs! I asked for this surgery and was told I was "normal for my age"!! I worked out or 26 yrs daily and walked miles. I am getting worse not better. I would appreciate any comment. I have been on a few boards and ignored which hurt a person already depressed from chronic pain. Thank you if you read this and thanks for any replies

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