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Harrington rod removal

Hi,

I was hoping someone could give me advice on my situation.  I am 26, and I had 2 Harrington rods placed 14 years ago.  I now have seromas on both sides of my spine, and the neurosurgeon thinks the instrumentation may be causing the cysts.  He has recommended that the rods come out and says that recovery b4 returning to work should be apx. 2 weeks.

Has anyone had rods removed before who could share their experience post- removal?  ex- hospital stay, pain, recovery time.  Has anyone else developed serum filled cysts many years after Harrington rod placement?

Thank you to anyone who can help.


This discussion is related to Spinal pain 30 years after Harrington rod surgery for scoliosis and MRI results.
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Hi...I saw other posts regarding the harrinton rods...one was in the degenerative diseases forum, the other in back and neck forum.

I see u also posted in the expert forum....u should get some answers.

Good luck
Godspeed
"selma"
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Hi,
I have rods L-4 L-5 14yrs and also need info on removal. Pain has stopped me in my tracks and want releif.
my quality of life and heath good.
Need answers also
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have you any info about "screw" removal from harrington rod? lots of pain, deteriorating quality of life; advised to have screw removed. Outcome?
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Just had my Harrington rods removed two weeks ago and feeling good.  Stayed only 3 days in the Hospital, pain was far less then when they were inserted 6 years ago (scale about a 7 a couple of days then went down to a 4), and I was ready to go back to work in 2 weeks but still waiting on my doctor to give my employer my medical release to work.

Hope this helps if you have any further ?'s let me know.
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I just read that you had your rods removed.  I was wondering what lead you to have them removed.  My daughter is 17 and had rods put in 2 1/2 yrs ago.   A couple months ago she started experiencing alot of back pain.  Have been back to the surgeon and to pain mgmt.   Her lower back has arthritis and is getting damage from all the stress being put on it.  There was discussion of possibly removing the rods or extending the rods.  Nobody seems to know what is the best way to solve the pain.
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Hey! I am looking to have my Harrington Rods removed and was wondering if you would mind sharing your doctors name and info please?

History:
age 17- 4/21/03 - Harrington Rods placed from T2-L1
age 26 - 7/10/12 - Microdiscectomy for disc herniation at L2/3
age 26 - 1/16/13 - Extension of Rods to L3 to "correct disc height loss and lumbar curve" - failed

Since the last surgery I have been diagnosed with Dystonia, a movement disorder, from spinal trauma.

Now new doctor sees that L4 is pushing backwards, starting to herniate. He wants to bone graft all discs that failed to fuse in this last sx (L1-L3) and add on L4. Then go back in a few days later to replace the extended hardware with a longer piece to include L4.

I do not agree with this and am going crazy being in this much pain and unable to work. I have been going back to the Chiropractor and am able to cope with the pain using natural home remedies. I opt not for pills any longer since I am a recovering addict because I have been in constant pain for 10 years now. Knowing what I do about the spine, removing the hardware seems to be the right choice, to get back to the starting line. I really appreciate you taking the tie to read this and would love to hear from you!

If you would like to see my x-rays and see what Dystonia intails visit these links:
Stay Far Away From Spinal Fusions:   http://goo.gl/ayqvUI
How Dystonia and I Became Close:   http://goo.gl/Lu4OxZ
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