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Broken screw after back surgery

BarbaraMBBarbaraM Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:02 AM in Lower Back Pain
Has anyone had a screw break after a fusion was done? Trying to help my son(Vibrant 30 yr) find answers of what to do..he had his L4-L5 disc fused approx 1 yr ago..he has been in severe pain..went to er doc they told him from xray about that a screw was broke..he took that xray back to his surg and he denied seeing anything?? We had another Chiropract doc view xray & he said" how are you tolerating this pain with the screw broke & pinching into nerves? His surg said there was nothing else he could do for him since PT didn't help ( was too painful to tolerate) We are not looking for anything other than to get His Back fixed & get him out of Pain so he can regain his quality of life & work his job without being in severe pain everyday?/ HELP Please if you know/ any advise/ or have experienced this..trying to find out WHO do we go to and Who will touch him to fix anothers error (or malfuntion of screw itself?)...


  • First I am so very sorry this has happened to your son.

    Yes I know members here that this has happened too and they all have needed surgery to repair it. I am not saying that this always requires surgery. I am saying everyone I know has had to have surgery.

    Your surgeon really should be the one to fix this BUT with his attitude being what it is I am not sure I myself would want him to do surgery on me or my child.

    I would not take just the actual x-rays but the report from the radiologist with you to a new surgeon and see what he/she thinks.

    Please do come back and keep me updated. I will be praying/thinking about your son :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • i agree with mshumpty by getting your hands on the radiologic report. i hope things work out for your son. perhaps the surgeon is trying to cover his donkey by denying things . . .
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  • I know how he is feeling!! I have hardware broken after 6 months, but my surgeon is going to fix it again. He should get another surgeon to look at his x-rays. He should get all of his records from the other dr. and take that information to another surgeon.

  • catriciafccatriciaf Posts: 1
    edited 10/07/2014 - 1:12 PM
    I was assaulted @ -work ...9 back surgeries..spinal stimulator......bone stimulators....hardware in hardware out.all this is temp.....bone grafts work for a few years but after 5 yrs...with wear & tear...bone plugged pop !!now after 9 back surgeries MY screws broke inside my bone grafts...after a very long surgery ...broken screws still stuck ,!!! @ my surgeon the head of neurosurgery in Lenox hill hospital in New York...the best at this has his hands tied...please be4 u have any type of surgery is not 100%...please try all options even that new laser back surgery...but please once they open u up you'll never be the same....GOD BLESS U ALLLLL
  • I had the same thing happen to me after my first back fusion surgery and the surgeon and doctors could not figure out why I kept having pain, they treated me like I was only using this as an excuse to get medication and that I should swim and get back in shape!

    It wasn't until I was at my Pain Management Doctor that he found that I had a broken screw in my cage/back, it was the position of the camera that caught the problem when he was setting me up for my lower lumbar injections that I was getting on occasion and had not had one since before the first surgery so it was not noticed.  He took a picture, I went to a Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who was able to fix my problem, but had to leave the broken screw in my back because he said it wasn't bothering anything, well I still after that being fixed have lower back pain and now major leg pain so I am getting an MRI today to be tested for PLS basically Post Laminectomy Syndrome, failed back surgery.  There seems to be no explanation now for my problems and I want to cry everyday when I feel this way, but there is nothing more they can do.

    Don't give up on fighting that there is a problem and you may discover you get some relief in the original surgery area but causes other pain, if your a lucky one you will be much better and ready to move forward.  Oh and this just happens apparently, sure???

    Good luck!
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  • Hi. I had a fusion in 1993. I fell twice this winter and have had sciatic pain for a couple of months. I had an X-ray today - two broken screws. I am going to try my own PT over the summer with swimming and yoga...... See if that helps. I would prefer not to have surgery!! I can deal with the sciatic pain as long as it doesn't get worse. 
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