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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    New Jersey

    Rods Conduct Heat?

    I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this. I recently went back to physical therapy because my leg and back muscles still need some work. At the end of a session, the therapist put heating pads on my back. (Pre surgery, I used heat all the time.) After a few minutes I started to feel a weird sensation along my spine and it quickly turned to burning. I had to take the pads off immediately. Later I realized that it had to be the rods and pins conducting heat. I had never felt anything like that in all my years of heating pads.
    It never occurred to me that this might be an issue.

    T4 to Sacrum; 70 degree lumbar corrected to less than 20 degrees.
    5/7/2016; Dr. Schwab, Hospital for Special Surgery.
    61 at the time.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    I have not had that specific experience but I do know the rods can get warm or cold. I live in a co!d area and if I am not covered by many layers of clothes in the winter i have to sit in a warm tub of water to beat them up. Once they are heated up sometimes it makes me warm inside.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    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
    Broken neck 9/28/2018
    Emergency surgery posterior fusion C4- T3
    Repeated 11/2018 because rods pulled apart added T2 fusion
    Removal of partial right thoracic hardware 1/2020
    Removal and replacement of C4-T10 hardware with C7 and T 1

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