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loose instrumentation

Started by badback1 on 06/21/2017 5:26pm

hi have had 2 back surgeries , my back is fused after one year , my instrumentation is loose and have developed cysts around screws.some sort of reaction from screws has anyone else experienced this?
i also have nerve compression again
i have been advised to have instrumentation taken out and cysts drained . is this operation easier than getting a fusion?has anyone had anything similar to this?

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Hi, badback1--thanks for posting your questions. Problems with spinal instrumentation are among the common complications of fusion surgery--and we recently published an article about this that you may find interesting ( Spinal Fusion Instrumentation Removal: Pros and Cons ). Also, a lot of visitors to this Community post about this topic, and we hope they share their experiences with you.

If your doctor has decided to perform a second surgery to remove the loose instrumentation, it's hard for us to do a general comparison to your first surgery. Our best advice is to have an open and honest conversation with your surgeon about the risks and benefits of the second surgery. We have some good articles that may help guide your conversation:
( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor )
( Spine Surgeon Tells Patients How to Prepare for an Appointment )
( 5 Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Prior to Back Surgery )

We hope this information helps as you consider a second spine surgery. We wish you the very best of luck!