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Posted in: Spinal fractures, and Surgery.

Rod removal

Started by TheresaG. on 07/19/2017 4:46pm

I have 6"rods in my back. They are held by hooks. All the hooks have popped out. They have been loose in my back for years. They have pushed my spine 3 inches to the side. Doctors keep saying that I need to have them removed, but they will not tell me who will do it. If I call random surgeons, I have no luck. What happened to Drs. helping patients?

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Hi, TheresaG--we're sorry you're having such a hard time! Please tell us a bit more about the problems you're experiencing. Are the doctors who are telling you that you should have your instrumentation removed not spine surgeons? If they aren't, can you ask them to refer you to a spine surgeon in their health system?
Have you tried contacting your original spine surgeon?

SpineUniverse also has a doctor finder tool that may be useful to you if you haven't been able to connect with a qualified spine professional: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe...

Lastly--and this goes back to one of our initial questions about whether the doctors suggesting the instrumentation removal are spine surgeons--we are curious about a non-spine surgeon commenting on the removal of spinal instrumentation. There are many considerations that go into whether to remove instrumentation, and you can read about it here ( Spinal Fusion Instrumentation Removal: Pros and Cons ).

We think a spine surgeon may be best positioned to advise you on whether the instrumentation should be removed, and we hope you're able to connect with one soon. In addition to using our doctor finder tool, we encourage you to call your health insurance provider to find a skilled surgeon who is in your network. We hope this information helps!