I have a 17 year old daughter who had over a 40 degree curvature and had scoliosis surgery in June of 2008. After she healed from her surgery she started complaining about sharp pains shooting down her right leg. After numerous follow-ups with the surgeon and my daughter telling him she was hurting I got the feeling that he did not believe what she was telling him because he had never experienced this problem. For the first year after surgery she went to different procedures to try and get the bottom of what was going on to attending physical therapy a few times a week.
After nothing helped including the original surgeon I took her to another doctor who ordered a mylogram for her and quickly found that there was a screw that was touching one of her nerves. Anyway after these findings we went back to the original doctor and he scheduled a revision surgery for her in June 2009. After this was completed she was feeling a little better for a short time period.
Now two surgeries later she has started complaining of the pain again and the second doctor who originally diagnosed her problem has scheduled a hardware block. I want to do what is best for my daughter because she is only 17 and is having to eat pain pills everyday to cope with the pain she is having.
So I guess my question is has anyone ever been through this procedure (hardware block)? How accurate is it to determine if the hardware is the problem? How painful is this procedure? If it finds problems with the hardware how dramatic a surgery is the hardware removal compared to the original surgery?
Thanks for all your help!!