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    Old 07-16-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
    allicat2000
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    Anyone with broken screws ACDF?

    I have broken screw in C5 post ACDF Feb 2006
    NS says it is ok as long as screws do not back out.

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    Old 07-16-2008, 02:36 PM   #2
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    Re: Anyone with broken screws ACDF?

    Was the broken screw detected during a routine follow up, or did you have some symptoms of the broken screw?

    According to my surgeon, the plate and screws have done their job once the vertebrae have fused (typically 6 to 12 months, or so), and that they could be removed. They are almost always left in place unless they cause trouble - no need for unnecessary surgery. So there is nothing 'wrong' with the broken screw unless it is causing problems.

    Where did the screw break? Did your Dr offer any explanation for why it might have broken?

     
    Old 07-16-2008, 08:27 PM   #3
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    Re: Anyone with broken screws ACDF?

    My screws are broke in the middle of the vertebrae of C5. I found them myself taking an xray of myself( I am an xray tech) as I was having arm pain 1 year post ACDF. My NS says the broke screws are fine as long as they do not back out and interfere with the esophagus. Also my NS says he has never seen them broke in the middle of the vertebrae before and had to be caused by motion. He asked if I had been doing cartwheels LOL

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