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Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury from Mal-positioned Pedicle Screw

Started by supermariooh on 04/28/2018 1:31pm

Five years ago I had a 10 vertebrae spinal fusion (T1-T10) due to a scoliosis. This surgery took over 12 hours with some complications. The surgery reduced the curvature from 62 to 27 degrees. However, since surgery I have had chronic back pain at T7 and never ended. A few years later the stress from the combination of rod and pedicle screws on the spine caused T1-T2 to fracture and T10 to fracture as well. One good part is that the fusion itself seem to have taken place. Two years ago there was so much pain after one of the main rod broke that I eventually found a surgeon to take all the hardware out. That was not easy. However this surgery was only a few hours and somewhat successful. I once found that there is a break in the fusion causing lumbar pain. However, since the initial surgery 5 years ago I still have pain at T7 which is 8 to 9 on a scale on 10 on a daily basis (with medication). I don't think I would make it though a single day without medication. I tried. So after dozens of scans including scoliosis full spine X rays, std full spine reconstructed X-rays, CT scans, MRI and contrast MRI and so on, last week I spent 4 hours with the radiologists at the imaging center looking at the scans. Fortunately the owner and senior partner is my best friend. After looking for sources of pain coming from bone, or nerve or joints we discovered that one of the pedicle screws in fact penetrated the spine and is most likely the source of this horrific pain I have had for the past 5 years. I am now in the process of meeting with a series of specialists and am looking for the very best in the field to help me. My surgeon stopped practicing and left the state after my surgery at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati OH. What I was wondering is if anyone could recommend the best surgeon in the world for me to talk to and consult with? Thanks in advance.

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