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lumbar pedicle screw removal

Started by joe.hamm on 12/06/2017 2:34pm

hello everyone. i am looking for some insight. i have had my L5-S1 fusion and diskectomy in 2010. i am now 30 years old and for years i have been told that my screws are causeing my pain but no one would ever fix it. until i found out today that they are (VA) going to remove them. i am trying to find out what and how long i the recovery after the removal. And what is the pain like. thanks

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Hello, joe.hamm--thanks for your post! We encourage you to ask your treating surgeon about what you should expect with recovery. Your surgeon knows your medical history and status, and is best positioned to give you the clearest expectations post-surgery.

The procedure to remove spinal instrumentation should be approached like your original fusion. With that said, we encourage you to have an open discussion with your surgeon about risks and benefits. In addition to the questions you posed in your post, this article includes some other good questions to ask your surgeon before your procedure: ( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor ).

We can also provide some additional information about the thought process behind leaving broken instrumentation in versus surgically removing it: ( Spinal Fusion Instrumentation Removal: Pros and Cons ).

We know this doesn't fully answer your question, but we hope this information helps. We wish you the very best with your upcoming surgery!