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Thread: Does anyone have more than one rod?

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Oct 2004

    a reply to dave...

    Hi! No, I don't work outside of the house...but I'm the Mom of 3 girls and 1 boy, ages 9 thru 18!

  2. #17
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Hi, I'm new to this group. I had 2 rods put in in 1963, they were stainless steel, which I don't believe is used anymore.They are both broken now and 1 of the screws is loose in my back. My last doctor said "if it ain't broke ,don't fix it". I am now in a different state and I'm debating seeing another dr. Needless to say I am terrified of another surgery, but I have pain every day and I think it is time I checked it out. I know nothing about what they are doing now, so any information would be appreciated.

  3. #18
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California
    Hi Karen...

    You should definitely see another specialist. Broken rods often/always mean an area that hasn't fused. If you have an area that didn't fuse, it would almost certainly cause pain.

    I know that the idea of more surgery is incredibly daunting, but the good news is that it will probably be much easier than your original surgery.


  4. #19
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Hi Karen,

    I had a broken rod and non union also. I didn't experience much pain just from the non union before the rod broke and the screws came loose, but when all broke it was making all these sounds and I decided that it was best to fix it, b/c in just a matter of one year, a lot of damage was done, and that's not good. The surgery is pretty big b/c they cut me all open again and not only removed the rod but replaced it with new screws and crosslinks, but I was more prepared for it(b/c of the first time, and reading on this forum), and it is easier. They also gave me an epidural cathetar wich lessened the pain a LOT.

    Good luck.
    35 y/old female from Montreal, Canada
    Diagnosed with scoliosis(double major) at age 12, wore Boston brace 4 years at least 23 hours a day-curve progressed
    Surgery age 26 for 60 degree curve in Oct. 1997 by Dr.Max Aebi-fused T5 to L2
    Surgery age 28 for a hook removal in Feb. 1999 by Dr.Max Aebi-pain free for 5 years
    Surgery age 34 in Dec.2005 for broken rod replacement, bigger screws and crosslinks added and pseudarthrosis(non union) by Dr. Jean Ouellet

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