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    Old 05-02-2006, 09:01 PM   #1
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    Hi all,
    I got the results from my ct scan and I definitly have a broken screw in the L5 S1 region. I just had my fusion 3 months ago. This is rather rare. I'm hoping to find someone that can share some experiences with me. If anyone can offer advice it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much. Kristy.

     
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    Old 05-05-2006, 12:24 PM   #2
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    Has nobody experienced this? Really? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

     
    Old 05-06-2006, 06:47 AM   #3
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    Sorry to hear about your pain. I hope someone comes along with good advice. Any idea how it broke?

     
    Old 05-06-2006, 11:43 AM   #4
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    Hi there,
    Thanks for your reply. I don't have any idea how it would have broken. My surgeon said it would have been nothing that I did, so I guess the hardware just failed. I don't really know though. I see my surgeon on Thursday so I will know more at that time.
    I find it strange that no one on the boards have experienced this. I mean it's good but just odd.
    Thanks again for your reply. Take care. Kristy.

     
    Old 05-06-2006, 02:14 PM   #5
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    I knew someone that broke a rod (at least that is what I think happened) she went for another operation and is now doing well. I don't understand how the hardware can just break

     
    Old 05-06-2006, 03:13 PM   #6
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    I don't understand it either! I was hoping to find out more info from the boards before my appt on Thursday but it just doesnt' seem to be a "popular" occurance. Thanks again. Kristy.

     
    Old 05-07-2006, 09:20 PM   #7
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    I am so sorry to hear that your in pain. I wish I could say something to make you feel better. Please let us know what the doc says.

     
    Old 05-07-2006, 11:59 PM   #8
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    [COLOR=Blue][FONT=Comic Sans MS] Kristy: I wish I could help also. I have had the hardware REMOVED. But, my situation was different. A screw shifted (which I don't even know how that happened) and was hitting a nerve (it was actually really hard to see on the CT scan (for whatever reason). But, they did see why I was in SO much pain. They removed the hardware and it was INSTANT relief. But, the hardware was removed after my spine had stablized and I was completely fused. (Unfortunately, recently I did SOMETHING and I am having an increase in pain again!) Sometimes I feel like it NEVER ends. So, my situation does differ from yours because I didn't get the increase in pain until about a year post fusion after a big fall. I wish I could be of more help. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.[/FONT][/COLOR]
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    kristyg,
    I had a broken pedical screw removed last year , I don't think many people believed me that it broke because there titanium .My second surgeon said it had to come out, and in the progress he found I only was fused 3% so he removed my all my hardware and replaced everything . That was after a year of my fusion. I think thats how I ended up with nerve damage. Now after 6 month's I'm not fusing again ! I don't smoke or use any tobaco ?? Any more question's just ask.

     
    Old 05-08-2006, 07:23 AM   #10
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    In June of 2005, I had a three-level spinal fusion at L4/L5/S1. A week after leaving the hospital, I was re-admitted through the emergency room for a massive strep infection at the caudal (bottom) end of the surgical incision. I almost died, and spent an additional two weeks in the hospital.

    After twelve weeks of IV antibiotic therapy and home health wound care, my recovery proceeded fairly normally. Follow up x-rays showed the grafts knitting nicely and everything normal.

    In October, I had progressed to the point where I only needed pain medication (tramadol/Ultram) every other day or so. (This was considerably down from my post-surgical regime of morphine, percocet, and oxycontin.) Unfortunately, my spouse left me at home alone for a week, and I fell while walking my dogs. I lay in the kitchen floor for a couple of hours (don't ask - I simply refuse to used my county's 911 service), until my neighbor got home and helped me up.

    An x-ray showed no damage to the six pedicle screws and two rods. And I experienced no increased pain at the time.

    However, in late December, my right leg started feeling numb and I started having sharp, burning pain in my right buttock, and in my lumbar region. In January, an x-ray showed a gap in the thread of one of the lower pedicle screws. A further MRI showed that not one, but TWO of the pedicle screws were sheared completely in two, and the left rod was severely bent.

    It's been downhill since then. I'm back on the meds (percocet, robaxin, and quinine sulfate), having severe cramps all down my right leg and back, and must now walk with a cane. I stumble a lot, and the pain is almost constant. My pain management specialist (same practice as my spinal surgeon) says there's nothing more she can do, after having tried physical therapy and an injection into the S-I joint. She says she doesn't see at this point how I can avoid having revision surgery.

    I've asked my surgeon what this would entail, and he said they would just go back in and place two additional screws below the broken ones, and replace the rods. That way the broken ones are bypassed, and no longer bearing any weight.

    I'm supposed to learn the next step (which will probably be the surgery) at my appointment with the surgeon in a couple of weeks.

    Meanwhile, I am only 42, walk with a cane like an 80-year-old, and must go shopping in a wheel chair. I can't work, can't sit or stand for any appreciable amount of time, and my life is completely ruined. The pain has alienated me from my husband, and I'm probably looking at a divorce in the next year or so.

     
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    Jaynieh ,
    Gee girl I feel sorry for you , I am 40 and I only have 1 level fused and I'm having pain, maybe I should just shut up about my pain,,lol.. really I am sorry for your pain and hope everything can be fixed. I hate feeling double my age, and real sick of pain all the time . Staph infection,,WoW that is bad, my mother almost died from that to. Glad I didn't get that, guess you take a chance everytime we go under the knife.
    Good luck with your pain.

     
    Old 05-08-2006, 03:17 PM   #12
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    Thanks to all that replied although I really didn't need to hear about the fact that you almost died following surgery. I know there are risks we need to be aware of but I have major anxiety about surgery and that's the last thing I needed to read. I am sorry to hear that you had such a difficult time after your surgery, I hope things are much better for you these days. I hope I don't sound rude I'm just having a really hard time dealing with things right now.
    Anyhow thanks again for all of the help. Kristy.

     
    Old 05-09-2006, 06:26 AM   #13
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    Kristy I am so sorry . I didn't mean to scare you . I'm sure you'll be just fine with your surgery . So when is it ? Has your doctor explained what he is going to do ?
    Hope you feel better soon.

     
    Old 05-09-2006, 10:22 AM   #14
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    Hi Shawley
    I know you didn't mean to scare me. And I hope I didn't offend you with my response. Like I said I'm just a bit sensitive right now and am having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that I have to go through this again and have it be way more invasive and intense. I know these things are never easy to handle but for me it's different the second time around. I mean I was really scared the first time and I cried for days because of it. But this time I find myself being more scared of the serious possibilities and risks that come with surgeries of this type. Also going into my first surgery, it was only suppose to be 3 hours (ended up being 6 and 1/2 hours but I of course didn't know that until after). This surgery coming up is suppose to be 8-10 hours. That scares me a lot. I wish there was a way to block these concerns! Oh well what can you do.
    I see my Doctor on Thursday so I should have a surgery date following that appointement.
    Thanks again for your help and responses, I do really appreciate it. Kristy.

     
    Old 05-09-2006, 11:26 AM   #15
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    Re: Definite broken screw following fusion - 3 months later

    Kristyg , hey you didn't offend me at all. I would of said the same if I were scared. We all get scared. I was under for 6 1/2 hours for my laminectomy and fusion also, but my second go around (revision ) I was under for 4 hours . I don't want another surgery either but I may need one ? I'll find out Friday I guess. What are they doing this time to you ?

    Again sorry .

     
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