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Rod Removal After Spinal Fusion Surgery



  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 08/09/2014 - 4:28 AM
    Why was the hardware placed and at what location in your spine? What was the purpose for the hardware? Fusion or scoliosis? Removing it may be possible, but first, you need to see a surgeon to find out if the hardware is in fact, moving, or loosened and to check on the stability of your spine.
    When was the last time that you went to physical therapy or had any imaging done ?
    As far as depression , yes, it goes hand in hand for many with living with chronic pain, but what are you doing to help yourself deal with and treat it? Are you seeing a counselor or therapist? Taking any medications?
    While living with any chronic condition is difficult and causes us to make changes to our lifestyles, we also have to continue to work at recovering, for months and sometimes years to hold onto as much of our former lives as we can, while making adjustments to how our bodies work now.
    Unless there is some medical reason for you not being able to excercise, there isn't any reason that you can't find a new excercise program that will help you with mobility and increasing your activity levels.
  • I was given scoliosis as I already stated Sandi, in my post. I posted that a doc cut off too much lamina bone and caused my spine to collapse, giving me scoliosis, with hardware from my neck to pelvic region. I had spinal stenosis and not one doctor wanted to touch me. I tried everything from PT to epidurals and was still able to walk and do more but had the nerve pain that goes with the stenosis. After 6 yrs. of no surgery, I awoke to burning pain in both legs that had me screaming. The doc was on probation for using drugs and stealing them, which was also mentioned in my post. I was rushed to the hospital and thinking, finally a laminectomy and said yes. Of course, in retrospect, I wish I knew the outcome. The surgeon who did the reconstruction already is aware of my problem and has seen my reports. I can barely move at this point and have tried other exercises. I worked out for 26 yrs. I am aware there is a problem. Thanks for replying.
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  • You didn't have scoliosis prior to your first surgery, but for some reason had a laminectomy and then somehow developed scoliosis as a result of that first surgery? How many levels was the laminectomy done at? Do you have rods and screws the entire length of your spine? What is the current surgeon recommending now?

  • Babette123BBabette123 Posts: 7
    edited 08/11/2014 - 6:22 AM
    sandi, i am in tremendous pain and have been for some time and now even more so since i walked this week. i will need to get back to you with exact numbers for the laminectomy. the "some reason" for needing a laminectomy, as i said was due to spinal and foraminal stenosis, accompanied with bulging disks, ddd, herniation, but as with all stenosis, when everything is tried and nothing works, i read repeatedly, a laminectomy was the answer. i was told no to my request, yet ater almost 6 yrs. of nerve pain, i was rushed to er after waking up to unbearable, burning pain in both legs and was given a doctor who was on probation. edited i don't know. i know my spine was straight until he did a laminectomy that i believe was l4 to l5, but would have to get my medical records to tell you exactly. and after the reconstructive scoliosis surgery, i got a fracture in my neck, requiring even more surgery. i was told it was probably due to gravity and the weight of the hardware. and yes i have 2 titanium rods and screws and it runs from my neck to pelvic area i have spondyly.(sp?) with compression around l4-l5 and am still waiting for my neck to heal after a scraping down from bumps that appeared on my neck after the last neck surgery, which is hurting terribly. the surgeon was told of my discomfort and has given removal or partial removal thought. i worked out previously for over 26 yrs. straight and felt fine after the surgery (walking the entire hospital, and still fine on post op visits. i fell on my knees, not sure if that has anything to do with it, but have gotten worse over time, not better. not sure why you phrased "some reason having a laminectomy" and "somehow developed scoliosis" when i believe i mentioned it a few times. i have had a terrible time with the treatment or lack of. i am well aware my surgeon would know best and i need to be totally fused, which i am. i was looking to hear from others with removals, since it has been discussed with my doctor, i had a need to vent and compassion. i thank you for trying to help. you stated i somehow had a laminectomy, is not spinal stenosis the reason anyone has one? i am trying to understand what you have not been understanding from all that i said. i had also previous said i had hardware from my neck to pelvic region. thanks again. also, if i am having severe trouble after walking and find the hardware feeling like it weighs 50 lbs., is that really a normal feeling when i was up and about in the hospital and felt pretty good and have progressively felt worse with time? i don't expect an answer to that. i am waiting for an appointment with my surgeon.

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  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 08/11/2014 - 6:20 AM
    is what levels of your spine were involved? is the entire spine, all levels fused or it is specific levels in different areas of the spine that are involved? if it is different levels in different areas of the spine, what are those levels? it does make a difference in what surgeons might offer as far as ongoing treatment or interventions go, and whether or not a surgeon might be willing to consider removal of the hardware or not.
    the issues that you state with your previous surgeon are not relevant to the questions you had regarding removing hardware. doctor bashing is not permitted on spine health forums.

    you agree not to submit or post material that is harassing, libelous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable in any manner or nature to forums on spine-health.com. this includes the bashing and/or name calling of physicians.


    your posts are not very clear, and are a bit confusing.
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  • The other doctor was spoken of only b/c of questions you asked and it involved him, He caused my spine to collapse and caused the scoliosis. I almost died, b/c it was about to puncture my liver. Your questions made it necessary to bring up this other doctor. His records are on the internet and I will not mention him again. I have no more to say. I have repeated it was my entire spine every time. I will be seeing my doctor.
  • Hi There,

    I m totally new here.. I had a car accident on 25/12/13.. Next morning I had a spinal fusion surgery T10 L2 with 2 rods and 8 screws.. I had 3 bones misplaced at the time accident. After the surgery I have started to recover moderately, but last 1 month I m in so much pain.. I can not wear a bra.. It is so painful and sore.. I feel a heavy back and feel the screw all the time.. Dr advised to take screws off when went to him first time in August,14.. At that time he dis not see the CT scan.. Now last month he saw the CT scan and asked if I want to leave the screws... I got so confused... He told me my spine is fused now if I want I can do it.. I really want to live a normal life.. I have no children yet.. I m 31.. Is hardware removal is a solution to get rid of pain and to get some more movements? Thanks

  • I recently saw a surgeon that suggested..after 25 years of having rods in my back, that my pain would decrease greatly by having them removed. I know no amount of medication or the surgery will take away the pain that i have learned to deal with , but I hope that having them removed will help. I am wondering , thanks to the fears that my family has now put in my head, if I should get a second opinion. My surgery is set for November 11.
    tanya bielak
  • Hi there! I had my rods removed 7 years after my surgery. The doctor told me that my pain was caused because I was thin and active and didn't have enough soft tissue to cushion the hardware from my muscles. After my surgery the doctor commented that I must have been in a lot of pain because he had to remove a lot of scar tissue. If the doctor does a bone scan and determines that the fusion is complete, do not hesitate to take out the hardware if it is causing you pain! I did, and am very glad I did! Please don't wait as long as I did and injure your muscles in the process!! If you have any other specific questions, feel free to private message me! We can all get through this together! All us twisted folk have to stick together!!
  • Hi, I had my rods removed 7 years after my spinal fusion surgery. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made! My muscles and ligaments weren't moving around the hardware properly due to my small frame and active lifestyle (I am a dancer). I only wish I had had them removed sooner because I had developed a lot of scar tissue around the hardware. If your daughter is having trouble with the hardware, and the doctor determines that the spinal fusion is solid, I say go ahead and have them removed. Please don't wait so long that it causes her more pain. I hope this helps! Good luck!
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