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removing hardware?? - inpainokla - 10-27-2009

hi all just wanted to ask anyone who has had a fusion is it normal for the dr to start talking about removing hardware??its only been months 5 since the surgery l-4 l-5 l-5 s-1 and the dr is talking about removing the hardware any input on this would be appreciated....


RE: removing hardware?? - Bad Boy Bad Boy - 10-27-2009

Only if it is causing problems. or it was meant to be temporary.


RE: removing hardware?? - inpainokla - 10-27-2009

no its purpose is to stay there permanantly but im still having alot of pain so there looking at removing it as an option


RE: removing hardware?? - bodybuilder1958 - 10-27-2009

It's not that unusual to remove hardware it's just not easy. Rehab, etc. I'd be going for a 2nd or 3rd opinion on removal. I've assisted with those surgeries, had discussions with the docs on the outcomes and it's not pretty.


RE: removing hardware?? - inpainokla - 10-27-2009

bodybuilder1958 Wrote:It's not that unusual to remove hardware it's just not easy. Rehab, etc. I'd be going for a 2nd or 3rd opinion on removal. I've assisted with those surgeries, had discussions with the docs on the outcomes and it's not pretty.

this is actually a new dr thats considering removing the hardware but the old dr wanted to also so i dont know whats up..but if it helps with the pain im ok with it


RE: removing hardware?? - bodybuilder1958 - 10-28-2009

My stepmother had her hardware removed, it helped with 80% of her pain. She underwent months of rehab and she'd be the first to tell you that the pain is not gone but she can function. She can drive again, walk distance.
She wears a brace daily for support, pain relief. I got her to do acpuncture, pilates. That really got her going.

It's not an easy decision for anyone facing the removal of hardware. But getting rid of the worst of the pain. I wish you well my friend.

BB


RE: removing hardware?? - inpainokla - 10-28-2009

bodybuilder1958 Wrote:My stepmother had her hardware removed, it helped with 80% of her pain. She underwent months of rehab and she'd be the first to tell you that the pain is not gone but she can function. She can drive again, walk distance.
She wears a brace daily for support, pain relief. I got her to do acpuncture, pilates. That really got her going.

It's not an easy decision for anyone facing the removal of hardware. But getting rid of the worst of the pain. I wish you well my friend.

BB

thank you for your insight and yeah the only reason i would do it is to try to be as pain free as possible being 30 y/o and having the option of trying to remove the hardware with the hope of a pain free life is worth the try rather than having the pain i have now..ty and take care


RE: removing hardware?? - Bad Boy Bad Boy - 10-28-2009

I have known a couple people that had Lower Back (spine) fusion Hardware removed. 1 person it did help, don't know the results on the other person. If the fusion is well healed, then yes, harware can be removed. Hardware is in place generally till the area is soild.


RE: removing hardware?? - stiffnecked - 10-28-2009

I asked my original surgeon about removing the hardware in my neck cause it impairs my swallowing. He never would directly answer my question. It wasn't until 2 years later that a different surgeon told me that my fusions had failed.

They would need to take the hardware out, put in new bone grafts, and more hardware. Fortunately the original surgeon had his medical license taken away.

I'm still screwed up, literally.


RE: removing hardware?? - Bad Boy Bad Boy - 10-28-2009

Stiff, sorry to here of the failed fusion. I wonder, can't you get this re-done to where you would be much better off and have a safer cervical spine?