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What are the symptoms of a broken screw before a complete lumbar fusion?

peter riversppeter rivers Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I have a L4L5 L5S1 fusion with screws and rods (6 weeks ago). Sometimes i feel a little pain near to the left S1 insertion point, sometimes right side. I am terribly scared with the possibility to have a broken screw.
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  • Its time for a x-ray anyhow after a fusion. A group of x-rays should show it off if one or more are broken. You most likely would have a good bit more pain. This is something you need to take up with your surgeon.
  • peter rivers said:
    I have a L4L5 L5S1 fusion with screws and rods (6 weeks ago). Sometimes i feel a little pain near to the left S1 insertion point, sometimes right side. I am terribly scared with the possibility to have a broken screw.
    I think its too early for any complications. I had my T2-T7 fused after a fracture-dislocation on Oct 24 2011, and like you I was pretty nervous throughout the recovery. I had x-rays during my recovery period as part of the treatment, and there was no movement.

    I surf, weightlift, run, and snowboard and my back is good. I would get an x-ray if you are concerned, but it takes at least 3 months for the fusion to set completely. The rods can snap, I have seen x-ray images online of this; so dont let anyone tell you its not possible. I have some pain in my fusion area right now following a weightlifting session last week and am going to get an x-ray next week.

    These doctors who do these surgeries are highly skilled, and the hardware is very strong. Still, there is always a possibility of failure. Humans designed the hardware, but not our spines. Stay positive dude, and dont worry. I was like you following my surgery, but it will honestly be ok and nothing to worry about.
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  • Loose screws (which i have) could cause sharp, annoying, and mild to extreme pain to include increase of throbbing and aching. You will know it ....really. I knew right away and they confirmed it with contrast CT. They did x-rays first but then send me for CCT. They also found other problems but that's nothing to do with your post. :D
    I am sure once you inform your doctor what the problem is they will take the necessary steps to see what it is. just remember 1 thing that it is kinda early after your surgery. So it just may need more time to heal. Good Luck
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