Re: Pedicle Screw Removal Surgery?
Hardware removal from anywhere in the body other than the spine is pretty "easy" surgery. The spine, though, has so many nerves running along it that this type of surgery is quite delicate. I had all my hardware removed after my first fusion, 30 years ago. I was in a state-of-the-art hospital with a doctor with an excellent reputation, yet a nerve was nicked. I had a numb spot about four inches in diameter on my back that took several years to regenerate. Not a horrible complication, just mildly annoying. But this is one reason they don't take out the hardware unless there's a good reason.
I'm having some of my new hardware out next week. One of the hooks is protruding. It hasn't broken through the skin, but it's quite painful to lean back on. I have memory foam everyplace I need to lean to pad it. This is supposed to be an outpatient procedure. As long as I don't have a reaction to the anesthesia, I'll be home in the afternoon.
Last edited by BlueAtlas; 09-20-2007 at 05:49 AM.