Complications with pedicule screws in thoracic spine

Posted by danna2boys @danna2boys, Dec 9, 2019

Last year i had my 13th & 14th spinal surgeries due to screws coming loose. The top 4 screws now have bone cement. I have been slowly gaining back the use of my legs and arms and walking without aids. One month ago I began to have a squeaking/rubbing sensation in chest/upper back with some very sharp pains on occasion. Sometimes it feels heavy and aching in center of chest. There are no heart problems. Has anyone else had any experience like this. I am fused from T3 to S1 with rods and screws. I’m afraid it is coming apart again. Can the cement come out and cause further damage?

Hello @danna2boys and welcome to Connect. Am I understanding you correctly that you are having your 13th and 14th surgeries specifically because the screws keep coming loose?

I'd like to invite @ken82, @zorrospouse, @cgmc, and @mareanne, and @brendakaye who have all talked about some of the things you mentioned (rods, screws, fusion) and may have some experiences to share with you, even if they are not completely identical.

@danna2boys, how was the recovery with the bone cement placement? Did they mention anything about the recovery and what it may feel like if it were not to heal right?

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I really can't relate to such a terrible set of spinal surgeries.. where were all these surgeries accomplished..? ..my fusion done in OKC in 1995 has been trouble free ever since..Dr. James Odor and team did mine..the problem they fixed was from an accident.. pulling a L5 vertebrae back into the stack… Good luck with your situation. Ken

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My first 2 surgeries were done in Hattiesburg, MS, 10 were done in Huntsville, AL, the last 2 at UAB in Birmingham, AL.

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @danna2boys and welcome to Connect. Am I understanding you correctly that you are having your 13th and 14th surgeries specifically because the screws keep coming loose?

I'd like to invite @ken82, @zorrospouse, @cgmc, and @mareanne, and @brendakaye who have all talked about some of the things you mentioned (rods, screws, fusion) and may have some experiences to share with you, even if they are not completely identical.

@danna2boys, how was the recovery with the bone cement placement? Did they mention anything about the recovery and what it may feel like if it were not to heal right?

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Yes I’ve had 14 surgeries. I’m facing another one also. I now have a rod that is broken and titanium was not supposed to break. It was placed last December. I haven’t talked to a surgeon yet. I really wasn’t given information re: bone cement specifically.

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The only time I ever heard about screws coming loose was in the case of a pseudoarthrosis, or fusion failure. I suppose it could be for a number of reasons, but the one I am aware of, was due to the bones not being strong enough to support the hardware, ie osteoporosis. The hardware can break and the joints will not fuse. In my case, the fusion formed and healed, but I was a very thin person, and the hardware was very painful. After the fusion healed, I had the hardware removed. This is very rarely recommended, as it necessitates another major surgery, with its own follow up issues.

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@danna2boys

My first 2 surgeries were done in Hattiesburg, MS, 10 were done in Huntsville, AL, the last 2 at UAB in Birmingham, AL.

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See if you can get to Mayo Jacksonville, FL. … At least for a evaluation..As many times that I've been to AL I never thought of it to be known for great health care..you need a great surgeon and a great team to fix all that …

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I talked to Mayo yesterday and was told they were not able to give me an appointment. Said they were not taking cases now due to being too busy. They gave me names of surgeons that left Mayo. Thanks for the suggestion anyway.

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