My regular doctor today told me he wants me to have a third back surgery, this time to remove the hardware from the past two. I have been in excruciating pain for the last year! He changed me to fentanyl patches today and told me if the one patch isn't helping much or not at all by the third day, he wants me to leave it on and put on another patch... then in three more days to take off the first patch for a new one and so on. He also has me on Percocet 10/325's, naproxen 500's, lidoderm patches 1-2 every other 12 hours(12 on and 12 off), stool softener plus laxative, laxative suppositories (as needed), vitamin c, iron, melatonin,benadryl, etc... I feel like a pharmacy! Anyways,I am a 35 yr old female... I had my first surgery 4/9/09 and it was a 2 level PLIF (L4-S1) with hardware and cages... all was MOSTLY ok for 3 years... then last June it flared up again. I had another surgery 9/6/12 and they did another PLIF (this time they added L3-L4 to the old fusion and put in new hardware. The surgeon was the same as the first one and he stated that I had A LOT of arthritis on my spine (WAY MORE THEN HE WAS EXPECTING especially for my age) he our course said I need to lose weight. It has been 8 months since that surgery and I have NEVER gotten better! I have lost my job and have filed for disability. I can barely walk and or stand some days and lately sitting even 10 minutes hurts. Has anyone reading this ever had to have the hardware removed? What does it entail? Is it as rough of a surgery as the other 2 were? The first one wasn't bad as back surgeries go, but the second one was HORRENDOUS!! I had to have 3 ounces of fluid drained after I was released... the nurse also told me the night I was released I could shower, I thought it was to soon, but she knows what she is saying,right? WRONG! I ended passing out! Luckily my husband was there to catch me so I didn't hit the floor! I called the surgeons office the next day and was told to ABSOLUTELY DO NOT tale a shower for 2 weeks! Sorry I am WAY off subject,so back to the hardware removal, help please!
2 more bulging discs; spinal stenosis; osteoarthritis; reverse lordosis at L3; degenerative disc disease; inflammatory joint disease; nerve root cysts at T1-T3; 2 level PLIF 4/9/09 and 3 level PLIF 9/6/12 with hardware both times