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Anybody had the rod and screws?

Started by tooold on 06/17/2011 8:13pm

I feel I have a good doctor and I trust him. I have Spinal Stenosis, Scoliosis, Herniatied discs, and lots of arthritis from my last back surgery. I am scared to death to have the rod and screw surgery, I have heard some real horror stories and I am only 57. I have a lot of scar tissue because my last back surgery developed a hematoma and they had to open , drain an close again. Then I got MRSA so they had to open it again and put a vac machine on the wound to kill the bacteria and I was in the hospital for 28 days. But I can't hardly walk, it hurts to sit and I have to run to the bathroom all the time. I hate my life this way.......so I feel it can't get any worse. The doctor said it would be a 12 month recovery.........do you hurt all 12 months? Can somebody tell me how this all goes. Please?

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Not sure what you mean by 'rod and screws'. I have what is called a cage w/titanium screws put in 15yrs ago after a decompressive laminectomy fusion at L4/5. Other than making it difficult to lie on that side for an extended period, the cage and screws have not been a problem, yet. My pain comes from spinal stenosis which I now know was my main problem all along.


I had a fusion done in 2007 on lower back (L4 - L5 - S1). It seemed to work and got rid of the "crazy" pain I was having from blowing out my disk between L4 & L5. I still had to go to a Pain Management Doctor for nerve damage. I waited 6 months before having surgery because of my 1st Doctors opinion(s). I saw a 2nd Doctor because my husband was worried about me. Thank God he loves me so much! This Doctor said if I didn't do something right away I would not be walking in a year. The pain was unbearable and was on so many pain killers that I was not my "Happy" self. I had the surgery 2 weeks later after having to detox off of all the pain med's. (Worst 2 weeks of my life). The surgery went well, the "crazy" pain was gone. I was very happy to start living again! Now it has been 4 years and I am having pain from the rods and screws rubbing. I am a thin person, and was told to gain weight for the pain to stop. I am considering having the rods and screws removed now. (my back has fused and don't think I need the rods anymore). I am going to be 40 in two weeks, and want to be able to keep up with my husband and child without having to gain 20 pounds to do it. Good luck with with your surgery or what ever decision you make! Find the right Doctor, one that you trust! I am glad I had it done, but now it is time to remove the rods if my back has healed. ( Like removing a cast off a broken leg when it has healed.) Good luck to you, and God Bless!