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Old 12-02-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Harrington rod complications

Hi, I had the one long Harrington rod placed in NYC in 1976. Since then, I've had a laminectomy done in 2000 and am facing another one perhaps next year. This is because of sciatica occurring down the right leg. As far as I understand, the nerves coming out of L4,L5 and S1 are being compressed from bone overgrowth.
Walking and bending is painful. I am wanting to find out if there are other choices in relieving pain. Is laser surgery beneficial? My hardware seems to be in place. I don't think removal is the answer yet I wonder would it prevent future laminectomies.

 
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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Re: Harrington rod complications

Hello and so sorry for your problems,
I noticed you used the word "bending". Didn't they tell you when you have hardware bending is out of questions? Just curious.

I have a lot of hardware in my spine after my spinal fusions (multilevel too). I got exact same problem now ++ and facing another surgery to fix the problem. So far I can't have it done due to other medical issues, and as well as you have problems with walking, standing or even sitting. Just pain all the time.

I heard of laser surgeries; I read that this is very new still and very experimental. Many people have very poor results, some dont benefit from it and some even have complications.
At any event, before you go for any treatments regarding your spine, you must do a lot of homework and have few doctors opinions. Search good ****, you may find a lot of information on this matter.

Best of luck to you
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:55 AM   #3
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Re: Harrington rod complications

Thanks for your comments. I have been able to bend previously without issue. I could touch toes without bending knees for example for the last 36 years since the rod was put in. This recent issue has been at its worst for the last 5 days and gradually started about 3 months ago. I wish you the best as well.

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Re: Harrington rod complications

I have had several spine surgeries. Two of the surgeries were done at different hospitals in NYC.

The first was to put Harrington Rods in my lumbar spine.
Then the secone was I had cervical surgery and due to the severity of the surgery Harrington Rods went from C3 to T4 I believe.

At one point there was a question of putting a Spinal Cord Stimulator in my cervical area but there was no space for the stimulator unless the rods were taken out. But I was advised by both my neursosurgeon and pain management doctor that removing the hardware was extremely dangerous. Thus it was never done.

 
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