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Thursday, February 3, 2011

REMOVAL OF HARDWARE AFTER SPINE FUSION - Back pain

REMOVAL OF HARDWARE AFTER SPINE FUSION - Back pain: "The author has chosen this as the best response.
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1 Up Down lesteron 06/08/2010 7:36pmIn reply to your question: My husband just had his titanium screws (4) removed. The reason for this was 1 had broke and was pushing on a nerve. Causing him added intense constant pain. He not only had the pain from a failed original double fusion but this broken screw was killing him. He could not stand/walk/sit/lay down. His surgery was less than 1 hr. He choose not to stay overnight at the hospital. He wanted the comforts of home to recover. He had 16-18 staples to close the incision and his recovery went well. There was a little swelling but nothing ice couldn't help. Hope that helps your decision to have hardware removed."

2 comments:

Karen "skeet" Elmore said...

OMG..this is me. I really feel the reason I have been in such pain and misery is because there is something going on in there*(actually have been told by several docs that I need it OUT or I would lose the use of my arms/legs and I do believe that by what I am experiencing).
I just can feel it. It feels broken and I have all the symptoms of having an infection in there as well with all of the pestules that have formed all over my body that I never,ever had in my life before all of this happened to me.
I know when the surgery was performed that I believed I had a reputable doctor, NS, that had been referred to me by someone I trust and he had been in the business for many,many years as a good doctor. He was getting ready to retire and felt comfident that he knew what HE was doibg.
He asked me before the surgery if one of his colleges could set in and if I could go back now, I would have said NO thanks. I didn't think anything of it, since he assured me that he would be the one doing the surgery, not the intern. WELL, I found out after my original doctor(NS)retired and I had to see the intern for office visits,that the intern done 90% of my surgery. I don't know what should be done @ that, but something..I am not a guinea pig..but it seems as though I have been used as one without any knowledge of what was going on(Anesthesia).
How, by just looking at an MRI..through titanium plates*(with the Arifact-which,is considered a black hole-makes it impossible to see through,therefore can't see what is behind it) can the NS see if the screw is pressing on top of a nerve or not. I know by the pain I experience that there is something very wrong here.
I WANT MY PLATES OUT OF THERE(they don't suppose to be permanent,just temporary until the surgery is fused-they told me mine was fused @ 3yrs.ago..hmm). Because, I am in excruciating pain everyday and that is not fair to me or my family,and that is if these plates in my neck are not suppose to stay, but be taken out by the 7-12wk. following surgery.Why aren't the docs following the protocol here? Why are they deciding(upon themselve?)that just to leave them and not worry @ the consequinces(spelling?)
I just know, that my life affects so many..I am a mom that has 2 teenage boys that definatley need me to be there always..at games,functions,etc. and this mom can't do that...and it HURTS..not to be able to explain and for them to understand why their mom can't be there 4 them..:(((
I can't walk without assistance,have to lay my body back..not sit or stand, for that is impossible for any length of time(well mabye,but with screaming..grit ur teeth and take the end result of suffering immensly for a week) and sometimes I might be able to stand for just 5-10 min.,sometimes I might get an hour,but that is only when/if the medicines I have to take, (like Fentanyl Patch-yuck,but it works). Sometimes, the medicine it might work to cover or hide as much of the pain as it can.
I can't bend,reach,pull, or push and that makes life soo hard to live..I JUST WANT TO LIVE and enjoy my family and "Lord Willing" get better down the road and not worse.
It has been almost 5yrs. since the surgery of an (ACD & F spinal diskectomy) and I feel IT's been a daily nightmare that doesn't want to seem to end..*IF I had to do it all over again..I wouldn't do the surgery..at all! Something 4 u guys to think @ before jumping in to this one.
Take care and always GOD BLESS..Karen :))))

Karen "skeet" Elmore said...

I want to throw something at you: A CHALLENGE 2 U..
The challenge is 4 u to fight what is ailing u and by some means it takes desparate measures. What I mean by that, is to take control of what life u have and not let it get u. Life is hard and harder on some, so if that is the case and it is, we need to bond together and make each other strong.
I found out that by putting my words down to express my feelings of what was getting to me, helped me to get through the process and not feel so debilitated inside.


I urge others to post what is getting to u..It is so THERAPUTIC to our souls, minds and bodies.
I started the site just to have a place to vent my feelings and pain on paper(like a release of some kind)..and it has helped me soooo much.

SOOO, I am starting a challenge 4 u. This is for the person that is going through a hard time for any reason, may it be PAIN,LESS FORTUNATE, OR ANY MATTER THAT IS WEIGHING ON U AND U JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE.
I want you to find a place in your life when it seemed everything started to snowball into what is going on today and just LET IT OUT..Don't be worried @ being judged..we are not judgemental here. We are going to help each other feel whole again and not let the worries of this LIFE..AND THE THINGS IT BRINGS..to get us down..:))))
I HAVE BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS WITH POSTING, BUT AS U SEE..I FOUND A WAY TO KEEP IN TOUCH AND IT WILL GET STRAIGHTENED OUT..AND IF NOT..WE WILL BE JUST FINE DOING IT ANYWAY WE CAN GET COMMUNICATION TO OUR MINDS AND BODIES THAT WE ARE GOING TO KEEP ON GOING AND NOTHING...NOTHING IS GOING TO GET US DOWN <3KAREN