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bursa

janiskijjaniski Posts: 679
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:45 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have developed a bursa over the hardware from my L1-L5 fusion. Has this happened to anyone else?? Its quite painful and a possible solution is hardware removal which I do not want to do if at all possible.
Jani

Spinal stenosis, spondolysis, spondolythesis, L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion with bone graft from hip, PT, accupuncture, prolotherapy, many cortisone injections, 4 rhizotomies.
L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
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  • I haven't had surgery but 'bursa' are you meaning there's fluid sac above your fusion area? I haven't had surgery but hopefully someone who's had a fluid build up after surgery can help you. I know there are members here who've had their hardware removed after a year or more due to pain issues. One of them is Bruce a moderator here but haven't seen him for a long while. When was your surgery? I know it's possible that the fluid can be reabsorbed by the body but if not your Surgeon can give you some options. Hopefully someone will be along to help soon who's had their hardware removed. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Yes the protrubance from the implant (my hardware) is causing the bursa (fluid sac). I had 2 surgeries, both in 2007, six months apart. The fusion is very successful but now I have this very sore spot. Thanks for your input.

    Jani

    Spinal stenosis, spondolysis, spondolythesis, L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion with bone graft from hip, PT, accupuncture, prolotherapy, many cortisone injections, 4 rhizotomies.
    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
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  • beau7bbeau7 Posts: 1
    edited 09/13/2015 - 6:56 PM
    I had t1-t12 fused. My surgeon assured me (and subsequent pre-med classes) that everyone develops a bursa to help reduce friction over the hardware, however, mine had become inflamed (bursitis) and that was what was causing the pain. He used an anti inflammatory (diclofenac) and ultrasound to reduce\eliminate the inflammation. I have not experienced pain since!

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