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Anyone w Broken Screws Cervical ACDF?

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  • I had that surgury in 01 and within two years had the pain back in my shoulders and headaches and had an xray and my top two screws broke also.Since when does titanium break before it pulls out of a disk?

  • I had my third neck surgery last December they placed a titanium screw at C4 and C5.My doctor had to remove another titanium screw that had broken and was backing out. The doctor reviewed everything and told me I must have the surgery because my neck was unstable.
    The surgery went well my first day out I had some complication but I was told that things would settle down. I went back in Oct to see my doctor because of pain in my neck and arm. They did a X-Ray on me which uncover the titanium screw that was put in last December is broken. We have just moved to Co and I am now looking for a doctor to do my fourth neck surgery. I turned my medical files over for review to see if the doctor did anything wrong. I was told after reviewing everything the doctor was none malice.

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  • I had my c4-c7 fused jan of 09 after neck and shoulder pain for 28 yrs. The hardest part of the recovery for me was the collar and not being able to hold my head up after i got it off. 2 months of therapy and was good to go till October when I got a case of whiplash from riding a rollercoaster with my youngest. I was having pain in my neck and shoulder and some swallowing issues had developed. I didn't put 2 and 2 together till they did xrays and MRI to make sure that i didn't damage my hardware and low and behold they discovered my screws on the last segment were coming out....I thought the "lump" in my throat was all in my head the month or so prior to the roller coaster but apparently not. I have the hardware removed tomorrow so wish me luck.
  • good luck KittKatt68! I am having the same problem, 2 broken screws, 2 different fusions in neck! now they have to go back in and remove all hardware and fuse from C4 to T1. This will be done through the back of my neck!
  • i googled the incidences of broken screws with respect to fusions and they stated that most problems are caused by people who are obese or have issues with not wearing back braces or not following doctors directions with respect to the healing process in fusions. i had a lumbar fusion and i was specifically told to wear my brace for up to 6-9 months, don't lift over 5 lbs to up to a year, don't bend and don't climb stairs. when one has a fusion, a bone graph is made from the bone that is made into a paste to keep the metal in place, if a person does not follow what they are supposed to do then the metal can break off the bone but not break in half. titanium is the strongest metal known and it is used in planes and the space shuttle. so a lot of times it is the patient who does not follow directions that is at fault. i have talked to my surgeon and pain doctor with respect to this subject and both have also stated what i have just written. so if you have any fusion wear a brace and follow the directions to the letter of your surgeon.
    jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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  • It's amazing Jon how different advice can be from surgeons. I had my fusion of L4/S1 last February, and it was only a matter of weeks before my surgeon cleared me to start swinging a golf club, with a view to increasing my activities and my golf as I felt more comfortable. My Physio was more restrictive with her advice, and asked that I wait for the 12 week point, but after that I was free to swing away. Of course swinging a club is not the same as carrying a large weight, but at no point have I been asked to wear a brace, something I find is the norm for the UK. I recently had scans taken because I am suffering with nerve issues, but they have confirmed all appears well for the screws and rods, but awaiting further assessment by the surgeon to decide what to do next.
  • i'm talking about a spinal fusion i had not a cervical one. i was just stating what i learned about the metal breaking for both surgeries.\
    jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • KittKatt68 said:
    I had my c4-c7 fused jan of 09 after neck and shoulder pain for 28 yrs. The hardest part of the recovery for me was the collar and not being able to hold my head up after i got it off. 2 months of therapy and was good to go till October when I got a case of whiplash from riding a rollercoaster with my youngest. I was having pain in my neck and shoulder and some swallowing issues had developed. I didn't put 2 and 2 together till they did xrays and MRI to make sure that i didn't damage my hardware and low and behold they discovered my screws on the last segment were coming out....I thought the "lump" in my throat was all in my head the month or so prior to the roller coaster but apparently not. I have the hardware removed tomorrow so wish me luck.
  • I have two screws broken! I have lived in pain since 2002. My surgeon told me that everything was fine but the pain was so horrific I started going to ER for help. ON my ninth trip to ER they did an xray and found two broken screws .... only about 6 months after surgery. I could not find a surgeon that was willing to




    remove them because they told me that the chances of leaving me a quadriplegic or just too great. Things have gotten worse over time and pain specialists in




    Florida are not here to treat pain. I've had to deal with more pain then I can handle .. I put an exit plan together and this evening I plan on putting an end to my





    pain! I pray for everyone else here as broken screws are not as uncommon as what they would have us believe! It is somewhere between one and two percent! It

    is something the surgeon don't talk about and there are far too many that are left like me! I was once a flight attendant but I have not worked since 2000 and
    because of pain I have lost the ability to do most everything that I enjoyed doing! May God bless all of you!
  • scrwd444sscrwd444 Posts: 2
    edited 08/17/2015 - 10:02 AM
    i have had three cervical neck surgeries including complete spinal reconstuction with full metal plates rods and screws. who did your surgery..i probably know him. i have seen 30 neurosurgeons and spoken to countless. first--a broken screw is not uncommon. i have seen it a number of times. 2)i got aluminum and nickel poisoning from the so called titanium cercvical screw implants..yes--i have 22x normal aluminum..the surgeon himself said "get tested for metal toxicity". in otder to prove it is the metal implants a sample is needed (good luck withthat). i also developed a severe autonomic disorder and breathing deficiency from the 8 hour fusion. a pain doctot manipulated my neck under great protest and a new mri of muy neck shows only a partial fusion at c6- 7..i beleive he broke the complete fusion... my neck now drops without warning in pain...the neurosurgeon didnt put in my reports not to ever manipulate (although onlya moron doctyor would twist the neck of someone with a full load of implanted metal and no he didnt warn me....

    as to your broken screws---the truth is..i have loose screws. an neurologist told me "wait till the screws come loose" he was right..he has seen this many times...did your surgeon ewarn you of loosening scvrews or the possibilityof the screws breaking? they break if you lift anything over 2 liters...(not often) but it can happen. it can happen is motion--a traffic stop (your hwad jerks back)... it can happen if you do any weight lifting..many causes. unless you wear a cvercical collar most of the time and never carry anything...this is a likely outcome.. i have more metal in my neck than you..and it hurts every day...i dont have a lawyer (yet) for metal poisoning and for the jerk who just unfused a 7 year surgery (the twist was 2 months go.i have lots of time to sue the bastard..but i may need to hage c6-7 refused and there is a pound of metal in my neck.getting to that area may be impossible..so.. now what? i am sorry tyhe screws broke but your surgeon should have expected this..is he very experienced?

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