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  1. #1
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    instrumentation

    what kind of instrumentation did you have?
    I have heard that pedicle screws are the most effective. But are they so new that most docs are not using them? I've heard that most cases of "flat back" occur from people who have harrington rods.

    Thanks.

  2. #2
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    I have titanium Isola rods and screws.
    Brandi
    Congenital Scoliosis, 58* lumbar curve
    Combined Anterior/Posterior Spinal Fusion w/Laminectomy May 22, 2006
    L1-S1
    Dr. William Lauerman
    Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
    Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy @ L3, Posterior Spinal Fusion L2-L4, rod removal with re-instrumentation T10-S1 and Laminectomy February 5, 2009 to correct flatback
    http://brandi816.wordpress.com/

  3. #3
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    Titanium rods.

    They can still break if the fusion is not solid and cause other types of pain in the unfused vertebreas, but apparently Harrington rods caused more problems, and I'm not sure why.
    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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