Page 2 of 14 FirstFirst 123412 ... LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 197

Thread: The pop that was hear around the world

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    ny
    Posts
    1,809
    Hi Gayle,

    I'm sorry to hear this - it must have been so frightening - I'm crossing my fingers (and toes and all other flexible body parts) that this is minor and an easily treated. I'm glad to hear the pain has lessened - hoping that's a good sign.

    Hugs,
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 17, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently mid 20's)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScoliosisTethering/

    http://pediatricspinefoundation.org/

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,160
    Thanks so much, Maria. The pain is less each day, although I definitely feel a sharp, stabbing pain in one specific area when I move certain ways. I am trying hard to not worry too much until my appt Tuesday. I was actually pondering going to the pool and taking an easy swim, to see how things feel. Am I crazy???
    Gayle, age 49
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    5/16 6 yrs post-op, 24*T/ 22* L, mild increase in curves, watching

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

  3. #18
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Huxley, Iowa
    Posts
    190
    leahdragonfly-
    I've had pops that meant that rods were broken, and some that felt like they broke and nothing was...even had a missed broken rod on an xray, but with both the surgeon has been totally fine with swimming. So I don't think you are crazy at all.
    25 years old
    double 70+ degree curves before surgery
    Anterior on 11/11/08
    Posterior on 12/2/08 with titanium rods
    nearly perfect correction
    fused t-10 to pelvis
    with a hemi-vertebral osteotomy at L4

    Broke right rod at L4-L5 on 06/26/09
    Broke left rod on 10/24/09
    Revision surgery on 11/5/09 with vitallium rods
    Broke both rods again

    Had posterior than anterior revisions on 03/11 at the Twin Cities Spine Center
    Declared "FUSED" on 12/6/11

  4. #19
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,160

    Good news

    Great news yesterday! I had multiple x-rays, a bone scan and a visit with my surgeon, who carefully looked at all the imaging and said my hardware is fine and I have no fractures. He really couldn't say what caused the loud painful pop, but the SI joint is likely, or a harmless noise from the hardware. He told me he hears reports of loud pops coming from his pt's fusions from time and time, and while they can be from broken hardware, more frequently they are harmless.

    I am 90% better now, and now that my mind can rest I will return to the pool and gym without fear.

    Thanks for all the support here.
    Gayle, age 49
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    5/16 6 yrs post-op, 24*T/ 22* L, mild increase in curves, watching

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

  5. #20
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    ny
    Posts
    1,809
    That is GREAT news, Gayle!!

    I was so happy and relieved to read this!!!!
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 17, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently mid 20's)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScoliosisTethering/

    http://pediatricspinefoundation.org/

  6. #21
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Southern CA
    Posts
    2,224
    What wonderful news Gayle

    Enjoy your holidays
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  7. #22
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Huxley, Iowa
    Posts
    190
    yay!! So glad to hear that!
    25 years old
    double 70+ degree curves before surgery
    Anterior on 11/11/08
    Posterior on 12/2/08 with titanium rods
    nearly perfect correction
    fused t-10 to pelvis
    with a hemi-vertebral osteotomy at L4

    Broke right rod at L4-L5 on 06/26/09
    Broke left rod on 10/24/09
    Revision surgery on 11/5/09 with vitallium rods
    Broke both rods again

    Had posterior than anterior revisions on 03/11 at the Twin Cities Spine Center
    Declared "FUSED" on 12/6/11

  8. #23
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Posts
    3,261
    Great news! I can only imagine how relieved you must be.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

  9. #24
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    8,901
    Wow great luck that nothing is broken!

    Very happy for you, Gayle. :-)
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

  10. #25
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Waterloo, IL
    Posts
    1,690
    Gayle,
    So glad to hear your great news!
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

  11. #26
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    New Bern, NC
    Posts
    1,445
    Gayle,
    I am also glad to hear the good news. Peace of mind is so important. Have a peaceful joyous holiday.
    Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
    Dr. Frank F. Rands735.photobucket.com/albums/ww360/butterflyfive/

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

  12. #27
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,160

    Broke both rods this AM

    Hi all,

    Well my peace of mind was short-lived...this AM I arrived at work and bent over to pick up something on the floor. I heard and felt an incredibly loud "pop" from the other side of my low back followed by severe pain on both sides. Surgeon's office is closed today for the holiday, so I called my regular doctor and they called in an order for x-rays, which I had immediately (I work at the hospital-how convenient). The x-rays clearly showed that both rods are broken, one side looks to be around L4 and the other side one level higher.

    I spoke to the on-call orthopedist who told me to call my surgeon first thing tomorrow AM. I can't believe this is happening...

    So my immediate question is, are broken rods always surgically repaired, and do they have to replace the entire rod? Does this require the original huge incision??
    Gayle, age 49
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    5/16 6 yrs post-op, 24*T/ 22* L, mild increase in curves, watching

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

  13. #28
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    2,755
    Gayle,
    I'm so sorry to hear this! I can't answer your questions, but I'm thinking about you. Are you still in pain or does it come and go with movement? Do you have a pseudoarthrosis in that area? If not, can't they just remove the hardware. I'm not trying to make that sound simplistic, as I know it requires another surgery. But I thought, if you are fully fused it might be an option. I'm just afraid that both rods breaking may mean nonfusion at that level. I'm so sorry. I hope my post doesn't make you feel worse.
    Last edited by rohrer01; 01-16-2012 at 02:31 PM. Reason: added thought about hardware removal

  14. #29
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    6,795
    Hi Gayle...

    Sorry to hear your news. Since both rods are broken, I think that's a pretty good sign that you have at least one pseudarthrosis. Although it's not an emergency, I'm guessing most surgeons would take you back to surgery, to re-fuse the areas that aren't solid, and replace the rods. The good news is that most people report that the surgery and recovery are pretty easy compared to the original surgery.

    If your surgeon still feels like the fusion might still be possible without going back in, s/he might prescribe a bone growth stimulator.

    Regards,
    Linda
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Dilbert
    I'm sarcastic... what's your super power? --Unknown
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    If you've signed up and are having trouble posting, please check your spam folder. An email was sent to the email address which you subscribed. You have to follow the instructions in that email. Done that and still having trouble posting? Contact Joe O'Brien at jpobrien@scoliosis.org.

  15. #30
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Posts
    3,261
    So very sorry to hear this... I can't imagine how sad this must make you feel. I guess there must be some non fusion in that area and they will need to re-fuse that area, which (and I'm guessing) probably means removing the hardware at that level and putting in new rods. I know others here have had this happen so I'm sure they can be more helpful. But I seem to remember it's not nearly the big surgery of the original.

    Just a complete bummer that it happened though. Are you in any pain now?
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •