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    How Much Does the Hardware Weight?

    I lost a lot of weight after the surgery, but now I am six pounds heavier than before the surgery. I wonder - how much does the hardware weight? I have titanium screws and stainless steel rods.
    I am stronger than scoliosis, and won't let it rule my life!
    45 years old - diagnosed at age 7
    A/P surgery on March 5/7, 2013 - UCSF

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    My surgeon said hardly anything-- not to be considered a factor in the weight area. I don't know about how the others will "weigh in" on this topic though. (I also have SS rods)
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

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    I've heard it's very little as well.

    Irina, my weight rose a couple of kilos in the first six months. I put it down to less activity, but after 6 months I felt really good and life returned to normal and my weight gradually returned to my usual 61 kilos and stayed there.
    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

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    I thought 2-3 pounds.
    age 48
    80* thoracolumbar; 40* thoracic
    Reduced to ~16* thoracolumbar; ~0* thoracic
    Surgery 3/14/12 with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis, T4 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Broken rods 12/1/19; scheduled for revision fusion L1-L3-4 with Dr. Lenke 2/4/2020
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    My surgeon, Dr. Lenke, said about 3 lbs.
    Jane

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    The titanium screws weigh very little. The SS rods may weigh ~pound.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

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    Dr. Lenke told me three pounds.
    44 years old at time of surgery, Atlanta GA

    Pre-Surgery Thorasic: 70 degrees, Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 68 degrees, lost 4 inches of height in 2011
    Post-Surgery curves ~10 degrees, regained 4 inches of height

    Posterior T3-sacrum & TLIF surgeries on Nov 28, 2011 with Dr. Lenke, St. Louis
    2 rods, 33 screws, 2 cages, 2 connectors, living a new life I never dreamed of!

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    Irina: I tried to look this up on the internet and to my surprise, I found a thread from 2008 started by debbei: Thread: How much does my hardware weigh?

    It is very interesting and funny, especially Ed's comments.

    Susan

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    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
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    I don't know, however, I like the idea of subtracting three pounds when I weigh.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
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    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
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    Quote Originally Posted by susancook View Post

    It is very interesting and funny, especially Ed's comments.
    Oh no!, I must have been in one of those rare moods.....Men are from Mars, you know. The evidence is everywhere. LOL

    What did I say? 1.1#?

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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