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Broken screws in anterior cervical plate

Carcey3CCarcey3 Posts: 1
edited 01/22/2015 - 6:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I recently (3 weeks ago) underwent surgery to revise c6-7 fusion that was done in 2011. The upper screws of the DePuy titanium plate had broken inside the bone and the plate was jutting out into my neck, pressing on my esophagus and trachea. The resulting inflamation was pressing on various nerves and causing alot of pain and numbness. My surgeon has asked several times if I had been in a car wreck, or some other traumatic incident, but I've not had any accidents since the plate was first installed.
I can't imagine why these screws broke, but am happy that there wasn't any more serious damage done. I do have to admit that I'm now paranoid that something else will break in there. Has anyone had any similar experience? It's even been suggested that the device could have been defective. Any helpful hints? Thanks!



  • LizLiz Posts: 8,835

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Boy, that sounds scary! Could you feel that the plate had moved in your neck? Hope that's not the brand of plate I have : ) Glad they discovered it before any permanent damage occurred. I think that company has had some issues but don't remember any details.
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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    edited 01/22/2015 - 9:37 PM
    My screws broke and my plate was pressing against my esophagus , surgeon feared it would puncture so straight to surgery I went. No accident to cause this to happen it just happens sometimes
  • If I get my neck in one position and then move it, sometimes I hear an odd sound---sort of like a swivel sound??? hard to describe. Hope nothing has broken in mine. I have fallen asleep and my head has dropped over since my fusion. Hydrocodone wipe out! Last x-ray was fine. Still have a lot of arm pain in both arms. Tired of it.
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