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  1. #1
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    Broken Rod

    Long time no post my scolio friends! I have been lurking and reading so even though I have not been posting I have been here. I has the most painful thing next to surgery happen this week, a rod broke while I was with a patient. It is at the L4 level. However it hurts really bad below at the pelvic area. I go to see Dr. Kelly soon to find out my options.

    Tamena
    Diagnosed at age 12 with a double major curve

    Braced till age 15

    SSBOB T12-L2 Anterior age 34. (October 22,2012) Dr. Robert Gaines Jr. ( Columbia, MO)

    Revision Surgery T2-Sacrum with Pelvic Fixation Prosterior age 35 (November 13,2013) Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, MO)

    Revision Surgery L4/L5 due to BMP Complication age 36 (November 20,2014) Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, Mo)

    Revision Surgery due to broken rod scheduled for October 19, 2016 with Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, MO)

  2. #2
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    Dear Tamena,

    I am so sorry to hear that. As someone who has had broken rods twice, my heart goes out to you. Hopefully you are taking it very easy right now. If the other rod is intact currently it may break soon. Both times for me one broke followed by the other a few weeks later.

    Please let us know what Dr Kelly says.

    Gayle
    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. #3
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    So sorry to hear that.

    I have had many broken rods and they are very painful

    Good luck

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  4. #4
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    Tam

    I cant believe it, and you have also had quite a trial with that BMP overgrowth complication all along...

    Let us know......

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,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

  5. #5
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    Hi Tam, so sorry for your problem .sometimes it seems that it won't ever end . You mentioned that it hurts in the pelvic area. Could you describe it more. I hurt something in January that is very low. I felt a large pull. Then pain in low pelvis that I thought was a pulled muscle. However I still can't sit on it and every step hurts. My foot is numb and that gets worse when I try to stretch the hamstring. I did see an orthopaedic, not spine doctor, that checked the hips and it isn't the hips. Can you post a bigger description of the broken rod problem. I am fused to s1 and pelvis. Thank you. Jackie
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

  6. #6
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    Thanks guys! It does feel like a never ending battle.

    Jackie,
    It feels like my lower right is not supported. The burning pain runs do the right side. I feel like I'm beginning to develop drop foot on the right. There is also a pain that goes across the top of my right foot that almost feels like it is broken. Which it is not because I have already xrayed it to look and nothing showed up. This happened within minutes of the pop. It's hard to fully explain, but sitting is the most uncomfortable position. Walking hurts to, but standing still is the best position. I get a slight relief from lying position but only if I have ice.
    Diagnosed at age 12 with a double major curve

    Braced till age 15

    SSBOB T12-L2 Anterior age 34. (October 22,2012) Dr. Robert Gaines Jr. ( Columbia, MO)

    Revision Surgery T2-Sacrum with Pelvic Fixation Prosterior age 35 (November 13,2013) Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, MO)

    Revision Surgery L4/L5 due to BMP Complication age 36 (November 20,2014) Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, Mo)

    Revision Surgery due to broken rod scheduled for October 19, 2016 with Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, MO)

  7. #7
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    Good luck tamera
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

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