View Full Version : Can you feel the rods?

11-25-2006, 02:13 PM
Hi All,

I'm just 8 weeks post op and even though I'm still on pain meds (low doses), I can feel the rods in my back. It's not really painful (but that could be due to the meds), but when I stretch in my sleep, I feel them. Is this normal? Is there ever a point where you stop feeling them?

11-25-2006, 03:01 PM

I think many of us felt the implants, especially in the immediate post-op period. Unfortunately, that feeling for a small number of people, never goes away. Hopefully, you're not one of them. :)


11-25-2006, 04:42 PM
Thanks Linda for your reply. I really hope I'm not one of them. I guess, I would be ok as long as they don't make me too uncomfortable.

11-25-2006, 06:17 PM
Hi, I can feel the bottom of one rod and a couple of screws. I am one year post op. I also hope you are not one of them. It is uncomfortable.

11-26-2006, 07:55 AM
I am almost at the 3 month mark and I am aware of the hardware in my back. I can't feel them to the touch but I can feel them on the inside if that makes any sense.

11-26-2006, 02:31 PM
I felt them a lot of the time in the first year post op. Then for years after having had a hook removed that was very bothersome, I felt some screws and the rods but not painfully more like they were there, on and off for most of the time.

Now it's only a few screws around shoulder blades, that touch a nerve and it causes infammation. With time you won't feel the rods as much or at all, maybe some stiffness is more the word for what the feeling is.

11-27-2006, 09:08 AM
Thanks everyone for your replies. Luckily, I'm not uncomfortable, I just feel them. I can't wait to see what they will be like after I'm out of the brace.


11-28-2006, 02:46 AM
Hi Nickie,

Your guestion is a good one that is hard to answer. For the first few months after my surgery I felt like i had 2 boards up my back. As time passed the sensation of that got less and less.

I had several trouble spots at first, and all but 1 has gone away. I know in the first 9 months of my recovery, I always had so many questions and thoughts that I kept to myself. It can be so hard too know what is normal and what is not!!!

I think the fact that you are not uncomfortable, is a good sign. You are naturally going to feel them for a little while. You body has just been through a lot and it has to adapt and adjust to it's new "enviroment".


11-29-2006, 07:56 PM
I am 4 months post-op from posterior surgery T5 to L5. At first I could feel my rods from the very top to the very bottom. But that has gradually been fading away. Now I am not conscious of them except for a couple of times--1. when I roll side to side in bed
2. When I first get up in the morning and my whole body is very stiff and sore for a while until I get moving around.

I think that the feeling started to get a lot better about 3 months as the muscles slow down on the spasming. Now the rods are just like my own backbone!!

age 47
posterior surgery 7/24/06
for S curve T70,L76
50% correction

11-30-2006, 02:20 AM
Hi there,
I'm post-op by 14 years and yes, I still notice the rods.

It's mostly if i'm lying on a hard surface or if i sit against a chair that has spindle things in the wrong places for my body. It's not painful at all, and most of the time I'm not conscious of the rods, although I think that is because I've become accoustomed over time... I just re-position until I am comfortable.

However, if you've read some of my other comments on this forum, I do find it difficult to stay in one position for too long! But this is not from feeling the rods, its more from muscle fatigue and bone stress around the rods.