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    Old 10-05-2014, 02:56 AM   #1
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    Hi
    Wondering if anyone has had what Ive got - previous fusion (4 yrs ago) now shows one of the screws cracked in half and a non-partial union at the fusion site - c5-c6. Neuro wants to go through the back and "sure up" the fusion as to take everything out would be problematic at best????

     
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    Old 10-05-2014, 05:40 AM   #2
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    Re: Non Partial Union and Cracked Titanium Screw - C5-C6 Fusion

    Define shore it up??

     
    Old 10-12-2014, 05:53 PM   #3
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    Re: Non Partial Union and Cracked Titanium Screw - C5-C6 Fusion

    Basically do another fusion but on the other side so it will be posterior fusion. Actually found out that c4c5 is herniated so hes going to also do that fusion when he fixes the other.

     
    Old 10-13-2014, 06:09 AM   #4
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    Re: Non Partial Union and Cracked Titanium Screw - C5-C6 Fusion

    Welcome to the board. Screws are not designed to hold the fusion site together indefinitely. That is the purpose of the bone graft. When there is some "play" between the joints due to the lack of a solid fusion, it stresses the hardware in ways it was not designed to handle. Sometimes a rod snaps or a screw breaks or comes loose. While it is not common, it does happen.

    The customary way to handle a non-fusion is as your surgeon has suggested. Go back in and do the process again. There really are no other options when there is non-fusion.

     
    Old 10-20-2014, 08:12 AM   #5
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    Re: Non Partial Union and Cracked Titanium Screw - C5-C6 Fusion

    Hey there T66 this is some good info.
    I had C4-T1 posterity & C4-C7 done last year. And I have 2 broken screws as well. Both of my surgeons have said that they prefer to leave them in there for now. Even though the T1 level failed to fuse. All other levels fused and I also had another fusion of C3/4 done early September.

    Aservin, do you know by chance the manufacturer of the hardware by chance? I would like to pick your brain about how yours seems to have happened. Is this the original surgeon that performed it to start with?
    I wish you all the best and hope you heal well.
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    Old 10-20-2014, 01:36 PM   #6
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    Re: Non Partial Union and Cracked Titanium Screw - C5-C6 Fusion

    Is the broken hardware causing any symptoms? If it is, I would want a second opinion on getting it out to remove any compression the broken hardware may be causing. The alternative to the posterior revision suggested would be another anterior fusion by replacing the hardware and fusing both levels c4/5 and c5/6. If there aren't any symptoms I would want a second opinion regarding having the surgery at all, at least at this time. So, I guess, either way, I would probably want a second opinion from a spine specialist surgeon.

    Good luck!

     
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