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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2006

    Can you feel the rods?

    Hi All,

    I'm just 8 weeks post op and even though I'm still on pain meds (low doses), I can feel the rods in my back. It's not really painful (but that could be due to the meds), but when I stretch in my sleep, I feel them. Is this normal? Is there ever a point where you stop feeling them?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California

    I think many of us felt the implants, especially in the immediate post-op period. Unfortunately, that feeling for a small number of people, never goes away. Hopefully, you're not one of them.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Thanks Linda for your reply. I really hope I'm not one of them. I guess, I would be ok as long as they don't make me too uncomfortable.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Hi, I can feel the bottom of one rod and a couple of screws. I am one year post op. I also hope you are not one of them. It is uncomfortable.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Bucks County, Pa
    I am almost at the 3 month mark and I am aware of the hardware in my back. I can't feel them to the touch but I can feel them on the inside if that makes any sense.
    surgery 9/06
    Rothman institute

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    I felt them a lot of the time in the first year post op. Then for years after having had a hook removed that was very bothersome, I felt some screws and the rods but not painfully more like they were there, on and off for most of the time.

    Now it's only a few screws around shoulder blades, that touch a nerve and it causes infammation. With time you won't feel the rods as much or at all, maybe some stiffness is more the word for what the feeling is.
    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

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Thanks everyone for your replies. Luckily, I'm not uncomfortable, I just feel them. I can't wait to see what they will be like after I'm out of the brace.


  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Wheeling, WV
    Hi Nickie,

    Your guestion is a good one that is hard to answer. For the first few months after my surgery I felt like i had 2 boards up my back. As time passed the sensation of that got less and less.

    I had several trouble spots at first, and all but 1 has gone away. I know in the first 9 months of my recovery, I always had so many questions and thoughts that I kept to myself. It can be so hard too know what is normal and what is not!!!

    I think the fact that you are not uncomfortable, is a good sign. You are naturally going to feel them for a little while. You body has just been through a lot and it has to adapt and adjust to it's new "enviroment".


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Hi Nickie--it does get better!

    I am 4 months post-op from posterior surgery T5 to L5. At first I could feel my rods from the very top to the very bottom. But that has gradually been fading away. Now I am not conscious of them except for a couple of times--1. when I roll side to side in bed
    2. When I first get up in the morning and my whole body is very stiff and sore for a while until I get moving around.

    I think that the feeling started to get a lot better about 3 months as the muscles slow down on the spasming. Now the rods are just like my own backbone!!

    age 47
    posterior surgery 7/24/06
    for S curve T70,L76
    50% correction

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Queensland, Australia
    Hi there,
    I'm post-op by 14 years and yes, I still notice the rods.

    It's mostly if i'm lying on a hard surface or if i sit against a chair that has spindle things in the wrong places for my body. It's not painful at all, and most of the time I'm not conscious of the rods, although I think that is because I've become accoustomed over time... I just re-position until I am comfortable.

    However, if you've read some of my other comments on this forum, I do find it difficult to stay in one position for too long! But this is not from feeling the rods, its more from muscle fatigue and bone stress around the rods.

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