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Feel the hardware?!!!



  • I'm about six weeks postop from an L5-S1 PLIF and was wondering if it was just me. I can also feel my hardware, which was definitely a strange sensation at first, but one I'm adjusting to quickly. I'm of average, healthy weight, so it's not just those who are especially thin!
    Kelsey, 30
    L5-S1 degenerative disc disease/left leg radiculopathy
    Laminotomy/partial discectomy July 2009
    L5-S1 PLIF December 2012
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    My rods from the posterior surgery stick out due to no fat in the area. They stick out so far that my niece tries to put magnets on them

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    2 level Discectomy 2000 open surgery
    L4/5 Discectomy & L5/S1 Laminectomy 2005- (Cauda equina) open surgery
    5 x joint injections 2012
    Discogram Dec 2012
    Dec 2012 - 360 Lumbar Fusion L4 -S1(BMP), Disc replaced L3/4, Bilat trocanter injects
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    No they dont but she keeps trying
  • That is hilarious!!!!
    L3-4 Grade 2 Spondylolisthesis
    L4-5 Ruptured Disc
    DDD throughout Lumbar spine
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  • Shell2ySShell2y Posts: 80
    edited 01/31/2013 - 5:42 PM
    Hi. on a serious note, I am concerned that the fact that at times I can feel my hardware a lot more than at others is a problem. I had an instrumented L4L5 fusion in early September, and my recovery has been painfully slow. One of the things I noticed after the first fe w weeks was there were times when the hardware really seemed to push out, but I was told by the GP that it was probably just th e muscle spasm, which made sense. When I saw the neuro at 7 weeks she said that it may be the spasm, but there was a bit of a bulge and maybe it was sign of an earlier infection, so to keep an eye on it. The bulging has improved (not the walking or pain) but I still think is very strange. Most of the time it is just a rippled few bumps, regardless if I am standing straight, bending or whatever. Often though when I get up from laying down, particularly if I have been a little curled while sleeping, it is pushed much further out. Normally it settles down gradually and I can then straighten up, but a couple of times it has straightened out with a bit of a sudden crunch and then I can stand straighten out and its back to its normal profile. Does that ever happen to anyone?
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