I am very sorry for the problems that you have faced and can understand the pain that you would be going through. Well, it would be very difficult for me to answer the question for you. Though age is not a factor for or for not undergoing surgeries, the associated comorbidities are; besides it cannot be ascertained without an evaluation, if a surgery would be beneficial in your case. It would be best to consult an orthopedician for an evaluation to the cause of pain and the mode of treatment that would suit you the best. Accordingly a management plan would be chalked out.
Hope this was helpful.
Thank you for your response to my post. Actually, I have two (2) Orthopaedic physicians (1 of which did my original surgery in 1987). I was basically interested in getting feedback and input from others that have already either had the surgery to remove the rods or have already considered it and was interested in hearing moreso from my age group or older. I noticed in one or two previous posts that comments were from a couple or so people that had had the rods put in (like me) twenty or more years ago. One person said that they regretted not having the rods removed when it was presented to him/her years ago and that now it was too late. Also, someone posted that the harrington rods was what was causing some additional medical problems and concerns and that they were good back then but not good hardware to have in ones body now.........
would like to hear feedback and/or input from people that did end up having the harrington rods removed, please.
i have the rods in my back too in 87 when i was 8 years old from scolios and that doctor to me there was no was in hades that they could be removed. so you are the first one i heard of who says they could be removed so if you do get them removed please write me back and let me know cause like you the pain is unbearable alot of the times.
rebecca ruth tubbs