Left Side S1 Screw Broke in Center
I went to Mexico for a month Feb-March & while visiting my cousin I slid a couple of times (not falls), but I guess I twisted too much & broke in the center of the S1 screw. I am 8 mo. out from Lumbar Spine Fusion of the L4 L5 S1, with spinal bone autograft and excise intraspinal lesions (2 benign cysts) last July, 2010. I saw my Neurosurgeon Friday & had an xray done that shows the break. He wants me to stay down flat, or stand, limit time sitting. I go back in May & we see if the graft has covered the plate yet, and if the Gluteous Maximus (butt muscle) has settled down. If this does not stop the pain, then he may suggest a Bone Stimulator to try and get the graft to heal faster. Last resort will be for him to go back in & replace the 3 screws on the left side . I really set myself back in the healing process.
Has anyone had any type of screw break on them? If so, how did it happen? Anyone use a Bone Stimulator? Can these be bought used or must they be made by a specialist just for your needs?
After I had my surgery last July, my pain left in my right leg (numb from hip to toe) and with Physical Therapy, I felt well enough to take a vacation for a month with my cousin. But I slid twice while there, and twisted funny. So now I need some new options. My BUTT hurts.