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I browsed a bit before joining and was surprised to see how many have broken rods. I have two broken rods in my lower back and was told that they do indeed break. My doctor wishes to go in to repair them but I have refused as I nearly died during the last two surgeries and do not wish to try for three strikes. Unfortunately due to the location of the rods and the deterioration I'm am permanently bent over and in a lot of pain. The first rod broke about a year after surgery and the second just months later. I did read somewhere that there were some faulty rods out there, I believe it was said that they were samples of the Herring rods? Given to doctors but that they were not suppose to be used in surgery but some doctors used them. I had no idea what my rods were other than titanium but when I had a CAT Scan yesterday the technician told me they were herring.

I have a lot of trouble going to sleep due the pain and being unable to find a comfortable position and then again first thing in the morning it takes me as much as an hour to get out of bed as it is so painful. Once I get moving, it's not that bad.

It would be interesting to see what other comment others might have in reference to this.


  • HesterHHester Posts: 90
    edited 04/04/2013 - 11:22 AM
    Hi GK! Have you thought about getting your surgical notes to see what type of rods you have? Somewhere there is a recall list of medical devices put out by the FDA. Maybe Google "FDA medical device recalls." Usually it is a .gov site. I am so sorry this has happened to you. If your first surgery was a long time ago, maybe a new surgeon and new techniques would be less horrible - but I think most major spine surgery is horrible and risky. Pain pumps, nerve stimulators and different types of mattresses might help you get comfortable at night. Maybe one of those beds that moves to make it easier to get up. I do not know anything about "rods" but read your post and just wanted to say hello. Peace.
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