My heart leapt when I read your title, and I too am glad it's not you. But I do feel bad for the other person. My surgeon also told me I had to make it to 5 years before the worry of broken rods lessens. I of course only made it to 15 months after the first surgery, then suffered two broken rods, I think at L2/3 and L3/4. I had those replaced posteriorly along with an anterior fusion and I just passed the two-year mark for that in February. I really didn't quite realize how much I had been worrying about having another broken rod approaching my two year mark. The mental aspects of this surgery aren't really discussed very much, and I thought I was pretty tough, but it really got to me. At my 2-year appt my surgeon told me I could bend and do whatever I wanted, so I was finally able to let go of (most of) the worry about the rods.
I hope your Australian friend will have a quick recovery.
Last edited by leahdragonfly; 08-26-2015 at 08:09 PM.
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, 14 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, checking bone age
also mom of Torrey, 11 y/o son, 16* T, stable