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Spinal hardware removal surgeons

Hello All

My name is Lamonta, and Im going to be very brief about my history. I received a spinal cord injury from levels t1 to t2 with some minor fractures above that but mainly t1 and t2. It led me paralyzed where I had a choice to have bone fusion surgery to fuse a couple of levels. That was in 2009 and it is now 2013 and i still have the hardware in place. i am not on any meds because I just bare the pain (pretty stupid) but I'm conscious enough to stay away from those things. However, my question is, can anyone point me towards doctors or surgeons who have operated and done spinal hardware removals because my doctor who did the surgery refused me to have a removal, although he said the operation would be fairly easy. I guess him and his nurse lady thought my spine would collapse or could collapse without it and basically told me i had to keep it as the intention was to be permanent. I come to believe having that surgery so quick after my accident could have led me to be paralyzed especially experiencing constant nerve pain the numbing and tingling feelings from my chest on the down to the toes. Can you any of you guys point me to some information about this, I live in Michigan and don't go to doctors as I feel the ones who were on my case were just following protocol. After I left rehab early 2010, I was on my own. Please help.

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