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    Old 03-21-2014, 01:20 PM   #1
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    Broken titanium rods

    I underwent spinal fusion surgery to correct a scoliosis 8/2012. I have complained of low back pain ever since the surgery. I have heard 2 loud cracks and learned last week that both rods at L4-5 are broken. Should the rods be removed and if so, how soon. I have increased pain and am very upset re the possibility of needing more surgery. I read about metal fatigue. Is Biomet to blame or is it insertion technique?

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    Old 03-25-2014, 07:29 PM   #2
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    Re: Broken titanium rods

    Welcome to the board.

    I imagine you have been told it is unusual for a rod to break. It is unusual for a screw to break, but that happens more frequently. Perhaps since the surgery was for scoliosis, there was more pressure put on the rods, if they were trying to pull the spine into alignment. I don't have much knowledge of how scoliosis surgeries are currently being done.

    Did you fall or have an accident, or what were you doing when you heard the snap?

    I would think if a rod snapped, one would be concerned that there might be rough edges that could damage a spinal nerve or other tissue, and that you would want to have them removed or replaced.

    What has your surgeon advised doing?

    Old 08-20-2014, 07:50 AM   #3
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    Re: Broken titanium rods

    Hi beko22,

    I am an attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina. We are investigating another case in which our client underwent scoliosis fusion surgery and one of her rods broke after just 3 years. Her rod was part of the Biomet Spine Polaris 5.5 Titanium kit. Were your rods part of that kit as well?

    Learning more about the specifics of your situation would be helpful to our investigation. Please feel free to call my office for further discussion at 919-981-0191. My name is Brooke Howard. Thank you.

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