broken screw in lumbar fusion
I had spinal surgery from L2-L5 with lumbar fusion with rods and screws L4-5. The first week of December I was trying to move a box I got from a delivery truck for Christmas with my feet- knowing better than to try to lift it. It wasn't long after I developed terrible pain in my back. A screw broke completely in half. I am now using a cane and hurt 24 x7 The screw in question is now completely separated and moving. They are trying a conservative approach---mega doses of prednisone and a back support for awhile.
I have questions::
Does this happen often?
Why aren't the screws stronger?
Don't people go back to their former work as construction workers and carpet layers and landscapers? Is their life over because of back surgery?
Could the screw have been defective or weak?