I had a fusion of L 3/4 & L 4/5 with cage & screws. Surgery was done in June of 2010. Went to my surgeon yesterday and he showed me my current X-rays where all six of the screws are loose and one is breaking. He's going to remove all the screws next month and leave the cage. I know this is normally an easy surgery, but I'm concerned about the fact I have Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis and my bones in my spine are soft. He said he will know more when he actually goes in. My question is; what will prevent my disc or vertebrae from collapsing?
I have been in so much pain for many months and cannot walk very far, and I'm hoping this will relieve some of the pain.