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Revision surgery - worth it??

Hi all, I'm new here and just looking for some advice. Background: 50 yr old female, motorcycle accident 5 months ago, (I was kind enough to to break the motorcycles fall with my back - it came through the the accident with very little damage) 3 burst fractures, punctured lung etc. 12 days in hospital. I had surgery to decompress the spine and had rods and screws placed from t2 - t9 bilaterally. I am doing amazingly well considering that it could have been so much worse, no long term neurological deficits. The problem is that the CT and MRI's revealed a malpossitioned pedicle screw. It is 100% in the spinal canal. I don't have any problems from it with the exception of some slight radiculopathy. My NS has scheduled me for revision surgery in June because I have every intention of being active again. Right now I am not allowed to do anything that would jar the back, not even riding a bicycle on the street on the off chance that I could fall. Has anyone here had something similar. Is it worth going back under the knife to fix something that doesn't hurt. There is no sign of the screw loosening or moving. And how would the surgeon do it? Would he have to open up the whole incision again because the rod and screws are all attached? Thanks.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,746
    edited 12/16/2015 - 10:48 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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