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    Does broken rod = revision surgery?

    Hi everyone! I am almost 2 years post-op from a T4-sacrum fusion. The last two years have gone very well so I thought I was good. Last Saturday, while standing in our motorhome, I reached across the passenger seat to put my coffee in the cupholder and I heard a pop followed by lots of pain. X-rays showed 1 of the 3 rods in the lumbar spine fractured with no loss of alignment. The pain is worse than pre-surgery because it is more acute, rather than a generalized ache. I'm seeing Dr. Lenke on Tuesday and wondering how this type of thing is usually treated. Can anyone share your experience? Thank you so much!
    3/8/16 Dr. Lenke, NY Presbyterian The Allen Hospital
    PSSIF T4-SACRUM/ILIUM, TLIF L5-S1

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    Hi....

    Broken rods usually result in surgery, but not always. Sometimes, rods break even after fusion has completed. (I suspect this actually happens in longer than average fusion rate. That is, the patient fuses slowly, putting a lot of stress on the implants. After the patient finally fuses, the micro movements that naturally occur allow the rod(s) to finally break.)

    If your pain continues, you'll probably need another surgery. The good news is that surgery to fix a single area of non-fusion and replacement of a rod is a walk in the park in comparison to the original surgery.

    Good luck!

    --Linda
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

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    Thanks so much, Linda! That’s very encouraging!!
    3/8/16 Dr. Lenke, NY Presbyterian The Allen Hospital
    PSSIF T4-SACRUM/ILIUM, TLIF L5-S1

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    Hi there,

    Sorry to hear this has happened to you. Try to take it easy until you see Dr Lenke, as it is easy to have a severe pain flair after breaking a rod. It is also very common to have the other rod break within a few weeks. This happened to me on two separate occasions.

    Every surgery has it’s challenges, but I agree with Linda the broken rod surgeries, while not fun, aren’t as painful as the original surgery since everything is already straightened.

    Best of luck,

    Gayle
    Gayle, age 50
    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)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Thanks for responding, Gayle! I’m taking it easy because the pain is significant and I don’t want to make it worse. Your words and Linda’s are encouraging!!
    3/8/16 Dr. Lenke, NY Presbyterian The Allen Hospital
    PSSIF T4-SACRUM/ILIUM, TLIF L5-S1

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    It's good that you don't have to wait too long to see Dr. Lenke, especially since you're having so much pain. I am 7 years post-op, but still realize is a possibility of breaking a rod. Let us know what you find out On Tuesday.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
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