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Loose Screw?

Started by kp on 12/15/2010 9:39pm

I had a laminoplasty on C3-7 four years ago. A screw has come loose and is lodged in my soft tissue of my right shoulder. There is still an anchor screw in place from the surgery (there are supposed to be 2.) My surgeon says not to worry about it. But I've been having problems for about a month in that general area. Should I be worried? Should I get a second opinion?

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Dang, now a second one is loose. It is still in place, but an MRI and CT Scan shows it is loose. Plus the one that was lodged in the soft tissue has moved some more. I am going to have a second opinion tomorrow. I'm so nervous...I do not want another surgery.

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Um, not for nothing, but I would go get a second opinion on this. They move to a spot next to the spine and you wont be moving around anymore.

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I totally agree with another opinion, the more the better. I also have a screw loose and have metallic particals in my soft tissue. I have had fusions at C567 level and a repeated fusion on C56 which still hasn't fused. I now have indentations from C2-5, deteriorated and collapsed at C7 and herniated disc at T2! WTH? OUCH! I will be 42 in June. My first surgery was in April of '05 then March '09. I am in constant pain and am quite sick of it as I know many of you are as well. I am now sending my recent MRI and Spinal Tap info to Spinal Institutions nation wide. I had no other options but to have the first surgery as I was told I would be paralyzed from the neck down if I did not. Oh, I have a massive bone spur growing off C4 growing on to my metal plate, pinched nerves as well. I'm weak, tingly, numb, burning and my head is very heavy! I am no longer working and on disability. I have recently had to have personal care attendants come into my home to help with household chores, errands, and such. Losing my independence has been most difficult for me. Sorry I rambled! You only asked about a screw! This is my first time responding and I got a bit carried away. Hope you get that opinion and you end up with good results. Good Luck!

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just had my fifth back surgery had loose screws from a axia-lif l-5 so i feel for you and am looking at disc replacement if my insurance will ever cover prestiege replacement.You will probably have to get those screws out and surgery will have to be redone.I found a surgeon that redone my back it seems to be healing hasbeen 4 months now.I am going through pain management for cervical facet blocks,didnt help much now trying trigger point injections had tried last yr. prolotherapy very expensive did not work and very painful best of luck on your situation.

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