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removal of back hardware,how is this done?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I broke my back in July of 06, had the first surgery in July of that year,to repair 3 breaks to vertabre. Waited until recovery from surg. and physical therapy,even extended phys. therapy a few more months. The surg. corrected the breaks but not a thing for the pain then and still have. I had many epiderals,injections, with and without dyes,numbing medications,etc;;;etc;;; Well I was still having so much pain and problems the surgeon opted to do a "spinal fusion" and said alot of patients get major releif from having this done. Unfortunantly I wasn't one of those patients. Now the major problem is that the "hardware"(screws,bolts,nuts,whatever)is pushing through on my lower back,and I can't even describe that level of pain. The decompression and fusion was done on Jan. 20,2007 and now my pain management doctor is telling me he is referring me back to surgeon and have him remove the hardware he put in to hold fusion in place til it healed enough to hold on it's own. MRI shows it's holding on it's own according to pain mang. doctor, and he feels hardware is causing problem by pushing on nerves, and needs to be removed. HOW is this done and how much recovery time is needed? Please, if anyone knows, help me out, I'm scared to death because I have no idea what to expect. Thank-you in advance. smallfrie52
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