| | What to expect of Harrington Rod Removal surgery
Hi. I had one of the first Harrington rods put in my spine for double major scoliosis in 1972. It's been 40 years and now I'm in excruciating pain. My specialist has diagnosed me with neurogenic claudication from complications of the harrington rod and/or hook. He is suggesting harrington rod removal surgery or clipping the rod. I have heard horror stories about harrington rod removal, with most saying it's much harder to take out than put in. Has anyone out here had their harrington rods removed and if so, what is the surgery like? What was your pain level? Recovery time??? etc. Any info will help me decide whether or not to agree to the surgery.