... Welcome to the board. Was the doctor you saw post operatively to the removal surgery also a neurosurgeon? ... (3 replies)
... S1 with 6 screws and 2 rods inserted. The doctors called it a spinal fusion. ... (3 replies)
... The difference in specialties could very well explain the slight difference in message from B and C. When I first read your post and began to reply, I wrote that when you recovered from this surgery, you would be fused. But then, the more I thought about it, the more I thought...maybe not!
The important thing for you is to be sure your spine is stable at L4-S1. When you... (3 replies)
... Thank you so much for all the information!!! This was very helpful and I have a much better understanding of my procedure now!
That was all for the report. "Doctor C," who I saw post-op, was not a neurosurgeon, but he was an orthopedic. Due to where the accident occurred, where my hometown is located, and where I go to college are all different, I had no choice but to see 3... (3 replies)
... fter about 10 months. When I became more active, I began experiencing a lot of pain and swelling at the surgery site. I went back to the doctor who thought the hardware may be causing the problem. I am thin, and more likely to run into problems as a result. ... (3 replies)
... I'm not commenting on any removal other than for the lumbar area, but hardware removal is not any more risky than any other lumbar surgery. ... (13 replies)
... After that I had a spinal cord stimulator implanted in the lumbar region. But still had issues with the cervicaL spine and thought of implanting the spinal cord stimulator in the cervical area. But since there were Harrington Rods already there there was vey little room to implant the stimulator. ... (13 replies)
Do you buy this acupuncture stuff? I wonder if my insurance covers it. Therapeutic massage sounds nice, too, but I can't imagine one of my doctors prescribing it. I bet there's no chance for a massage on my back for quite a while. I had a swedish massage and pedicure at a really nice spa two weeks before my fusion. It was a birthday present from my dear wife. I'd love... (3 replies)
... The doctors will only remove the hardware if it causing any problems. ... (1 replies)
... stay the way I am or have the hardware removed. ... (1 replies)
... At 7 months out I decided to go with the hardware removal surgery. ... (3 replies)
... Since the Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my lumbar region, it has been remvoed in that it wasn't working. ... (13 replies)
... L5 in Aug '12. had a complication of a tear in my cerebral spinal cord due to all the scar tissue. it was torn when the dr tried to remove some to get to the disk. hospital stay was 16 days. I recovered well and went home. ... (13 replies)
... The neurosurgeon has no idea why I have pain and has now suggested removal of the hardware in May, 6 months post fusion, to see if that will help with the pain. Is this a good idea, I really need some ideas if I should consider this. ... (0 replies)
... It is entirely possible that scar tissue is causing you to feel taut. Every time the surgeon goes in, your fascia and other soft tissue are disturbed and have to grow back together another time.
You might want to look into some type of therapeutic massage or body work or acupuncture. Any of these might help with the tightness. It may not be muscular. (3 replies)
... Welcome to the boards!
I'm sorry that I don't have a really good answer for you, but I have a couple of suggestions. Have you taken a muscle relaxer when you get these flares? You might find that it would help loosen up the tightness you are experiencing. the other thing is have you tried heat when you tense up? Heat is often used to loosen up the tightness. Are you... (3 replies)
... lumbar spinal instability. First surgery 1999. ... (8 replies)
... This is one reason we now have a Healthcare Reform. I was doubtful about the reform, until today. I found out that the triple spinal fusion that I had in 2001 did not fuse properly! ... (8 replies)
... out of my back. The second surgery was a breeze, and well worth it. If the fusion is solid, the hardware is no longer serving a purpose, other than to make your life miserable. ... (8 replies)
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