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    what does non union mean?

    WHat happens if the fusion doesnt fuse? Do you have to have more surgery?

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    Yes, if one of the fusion never solidifies, you will need additional surgery. Most people who have non-unions (pseudarthoroses) will eventually have one or more rods break.
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    That looks like what happened in your "old" x-ray that you posted. It looked like the rod popped off of the screw at the top and broke at the bottom.
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    You guys are so smart. Thats exactly what happened. I just hope this second surgery fuses. They added 14 more screws! I will try and attach the new one. I look like a irectoer set LOL

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    my back.jpg

    Here is my new back

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    My question is, why did they leave the old hardware in?
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