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gsamet
02-12-2015, 12:01 PM
Greetings. My son had scoliosis surgery 2 years ago to correct a 70 degree upper curve. The lower curve has continued to get worse so now he has to have a second fusion on his lower back. The new rods will connect with the upper rods. Has anyone had a similar surgery? I haven't been able to find any information on this particular type of procedure. I'd appreciate any input. Thank you.

LindaRacine
02-12-2015, 10:44 PM
Yes, I have connectors. They're very common in revision surgery. It's essentially the same type of surgery your son had originally, but they'll connect the old rods to the new rods. Here's a fairly extreme example of a new segmental system being attached to a Harrington rod construct.

http://www.spineuniverse.com/sites/default/files/legacy-images/shaffrey_scoliosis44yof_fig5a-99.jpg

jackieg412
02-14-2015, 12:15 PM
Hi,I also have connectors. Mine look like a domino. A rectangular shape. The rods sit side by side.if I have a X-Ray of the area I will post it

gsamet
02-17-2015, 03:20 PM
I would love to see the xrays if you have them.

jackieg412
02-19-2015, 08:26 AM
If you send me your email address I can forward you some pictures that are different than the one that Linda posted.

jackieg412
03-01-2015, 08:22 PM
If you send me your email address I can forward you some pictures that are different than the one that Linda posted.

Here are the connector pictures in place and the ones removed from my left side

jackieg412
03-01-2015, 08:28 PM
THe little box connector is called a domino connector. The rods are side by side and fit in a slot that was in the connector. It has holes that I guess the bone formed in and held in place. The left one was removed because it was on a nerve to my chest. The right one is still there. I could always feel the left box. Now that I can see it in 3 demention I can see how it would bother the area around it.