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Loose screws after Lumbar Fusion

Stephii00SStephii00 Posts: 2
edited 01/25/2014 - 12:02 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all im new here. TlifHoping to get some answer or share experiences. Long syory short...Tlif done on Oct 17 2013 first week was horrible I started to recover from surgery and at about 4 weeks things got worse. I started to feel like air bubbles or grinding, creeking and popping in my spine. I could also hear. With every move I make. NS sent me for x ray to check for loose screws. He won't be back in til Tuesday. I went to the family doc that I knew would take x ray & read them. He said I infact have screws backing out. Can someone please help me in knowing what's going to happen next. They have to do the revision if screws are loose correct? Any answers or stories will help me. I've now developed anxiety due to the stress & probs!

Answer here or feel free to email me.

Thanks so much!


  • Hey!! I can only imagine the stress your feeling! However, I wait until your surgeon looks at it too before you get really scared. Basically I'm not sure exactly what they do for loose screws. I have a loose screw, but I'm also not fused yet. Are u showing signs of fusion? I know they can pull out because of non union.
    Don't get to stressed out. Even if it's a revision surgery which I'm sure you don't want to do anyways, it's nothing compared to the actual surgery like my doctor told me.
    Take care Hun
    28 F. Chicago. Fusion from t-12 l-4 from scoli in June 2013. Torn bilateral hip labrums. Arthroscopy to fix labrums January 2013 and march 2013. SI pain from hip surgery Lupus, RA, antiphosphidlipid antibody- hypermobility syndrome ( Marfan syndrome)
  • LastFeb I had a fusion withL4-S1.less than. 1 year later I just had my 2nd surgery. My first surgery failed. They removed the rods and screws performed a laminectomy L4-S1. I was worried about the hardware being removed and replaced but it seems to be going ok so far. Try not to stress until you see the X-rays. If you trust your surgeon, he will make it right! Please let us know how you make out!
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  • I didn't notice the speedy responses, thank you! I actually called the NS office today and kust told them what I did. Amd what he said about the xray. The nurse called back and said the NS wants me to get my image s and bring them to his office in another city. He can get them but it won't be umtil he returns to the office in my city. He said he wants to view them before friday. Ill update tomorrow. Thanks for the encouraging words & my prayers are with everyone who deals with it also.
    Thank you! (:
  • I had l4-l5-s-1 fusion on sept 30 it's been a slow recovery I went through pt and did my exercises at home everyday felt like I was progressing slowly.Now I I had a set back I got up out of the tub and used hands to help me up and felt a really bad pulling now feel like I did the first month after surgery I hope I didn't pull any screws out.
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