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fusion c5-c6 loose screws

I had surgery on May 2, 2012.  surgeon put in plate and four screws.I have been having pain again now for about a month or little more.  They did another CT scan on August 20th.  I saw the Dr on Friday August 25th. He said in all the surgeries he has ever done that he has not seen this before.  He says I have two loose screws.  He has put me back in my Aspen neck brace.  He says eight weeks.  in may I had a disc rupture they did surgery.  when I woke up from surgery my pain was gone.  he also told me that

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Loose Screw 18 Months Post ACDF - SpineUniverse

Loose Screw 18 Months Post ... I too had to have spinal fusion with harware ... I have just learned I also have non fushion at C6/7 and a loose screw. ACDF 8/14 C5-7.
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1 year post op Neck Fusion Surgery question - Spine Health

1 year post op Neck Fusion Surgery ... my husband said that same thing about the having a screw loose if someone ... Fusion cages at C5-C-6 and C6-C7 with solid ...
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Cervical Nonunion and Kyphosis - SpineUniverse

Cervical Nonunion and Kyphosis. Conor ... pre-operatively show loose hardware at C6 and C7 bilaterally with solid fusion from C3-C5. ... The C6 lateral mass screws ...
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Missing Screw as a Rare Complication of Anterior Cervical ...

Even loose screws should be noted in follow-up X ... Case Reports in Orthopedics is a peer ... We removed all cervical instruments because of fusion at C6-7 ...
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Unintentional Cracking 2 yrs after cervical spine fusion ant ...

In June of 2005, I underwent anterior cervical spine fusion surgery. I have a plate, 6 screws, and artificial disk material between vertebra C5, C6, C7 1 year later ...
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ACDF Surgery | Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion ... loose-fitting clothing. Wear flat ... 100% of people who underwent ACDF with bone graft placement and plates and screws ...
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Loose Screws - ISPINE.ORG Forum

Surgical Outcomes and Blogs Discuss Loose Screws ... C5-C6 -C7, T1-T2 ProDisc-C ... The person I mentioned who has the lumbar fusion surgery had non union and screws ...
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Pain after anterior cervical diskectomy with fusion (ACDF ...

Pain after anterior cervical diskectomy ... @ 8 Yrs i had a screw come loose ... 10 years ago I had my first surgery c2-c3 fusion - plate - screws along with c5-c6 ...
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Spinal Fusion with Pedicle Screws coming loose

I had the same surgery you did in 2007, same levels. after about 6 months I felt just fine. Not a young man, but no pain. OK so I overdid it and after months of pain and test had to undergo another fusion of the level above. L2, at that time he took out all my old hardware, "since i am there" was the answer i was told why they took it out. It was not bothering me, but the new hardware was not compatible with the old stuff. go figure, only a couple of yrs and its already outdated. So........if you are solidly fused, then you do not need to have the hardware in, especially if you are suffering from them. I know plenty of people that have had them taken out from pain generation. So trust your DR, although If you can avoid surgery then try, but if not, then trust your DR.
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what do ya'll think

Welcome Becka, So were you addicted to narcotics?  Was it ultram?   It sounds like you are in for some major surgery and that the pain pills will be needed.   I think that if the operation will improve your quality of life and help you to be independent then you should do it.  If its not a life threatening situation and you would like to get some more clean time under your belt, then that would be ok too. I guess I would need more info on your addiction history to really know how to respond.    I know I stopped taking norcos on Aug 9 and am now faced with another surgical procedure coming up on Nov 9th and am dreading it.   I dont want to go there either.    I can relate to that feeling.   Perhaps there is another pain drug you could use that isnt as addicting??? Anyway, I dont know if I can help much but............welcome! tzt
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loose screw in lumbar fusion

This is not an unusual occurrence in spinal surgery. If the screw is not interfering with normal function, ie, not rubbing against any anatomical structure, then leaving it alone is a wise choice.
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2nd surgery

Hey Todd! It is not particularly uncommon for the screws to be displaced and readjusted. The second surgery may not be as complicated as the first, and may be worth giving a trial for symptomatic relief. I would suggest discussing the pros and cons in detail with the treating doctor before deciding on the management plan. Hope this is helpful. Take care!
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fusion c5-c6 loose screws

I also had a c5-c6 fusion using hip bone and 2 plates and 4 screws. Within 6 weeks one of my screws had started backing out, so I had surgery again! They put in some "surgical wire" (to me it looks like fishing line), but did nothing about the screw. I am still in severe pain 10 years later and was told that I had DDD, but if it was before or after. Now I cannot find a doctor to fix it. They all say that its "fine" ! Trying to explain the pain and loss of ROM is something noone understands unless they have been there. I still have very little strength in my Righ arm. I just wish someone would be willing to fix the problem so that I could live pain free, or at least have less pain. Good luck to you, I hope you end up better than me!
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Neck has cadaver bone fusion and plate and screws in back of throat

Hello and Welcome to our Back and Neck Forum. I am glad that you found us and took the time to post your question. Yes, plates and screws (hardware) any where in our body can become loosen - or they may "move." It's not uncommon. Are you having pain or discomfort? Wow, you've asked a loaded - and very interesting question regarding your dreams. I am far from qualified to answer that question. It's my guess that answers will vary depending on who you ask - and what their background. Medical Science says that our body's organs have something called  cellular memory.  Major organs like the heart, liver, kidney, and even muscles are known to contain large populations of neural networks, which are self-contained brains and produce noticeable changes. This is what is called, "Cellular Memory." However it's the large organs, mostly hearts that some scientist believe may produce changes in organ recipients. I haven't read anything that says cadaver bone can do the same. Indeed everything I've read say this is believed to be mostly confined to hearts. These larger organs/human tissues contain large populations of neural networks (neurons), which are self-contained brains - or cellular memory. Transfer of memories with transplants of smaller amounts of human tissues have not been reported because they don’t contain large population of neurons. According to some articles, science discovered evidence that nervous system organs store memories and respond to places, events, and people recognized by their donors. Dr. Andrew Armour a pioneer in neuro-cardiology suggests that the brain has two-way communication links with the “little brain in the heart.” The intelligence of neural brains in organs depends on memories stored in nerve cells. Some documented examples include: One of the few cases was with a female, who changed her food preferences after she received her heart, and lung transplants in the 1970s from an eighteen-year old male donor. When she woke up, she claimed to have profound craving for chicken nuggets, beer, and green peppers, foods she didn’t enjoy before the surgery. One of the most stunning examples was found in an eight-year-old girl who received a heart from a ten-year-old girl who was murdered. The organ donor recipient was perplexed with vivid nightmares about an attacker and a girl being murdered. The psychiatrist believed that her memories were genuine and due to the violent recurring dreams, the recipient could describe the events, and the murderer was later apprehended by the police. One of articles I read said he these reported the most notable occurrences was published in Near-Death studies magazine in 2002 entitled “Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors.” I have not read this article. Is this true? You know you can't believe everything you read. I can't tell you one way or the other. If it is true I can't locate anything that notes this cellular memory with cadaver bones. Skeptics speculate that while patients are under anesthesia, they hear nurses and doctors talking about the donor however no donor organs arrive with a complete personality profile. I can't make sense of this. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts and the thoughts of our members. Always Curious, ~Tuck
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spinal fusion

Christine you really need to get ahold of your doctor. That's not normal.  They may do a quick X-ray to see if something looks out of place and possibly an MRI. I've had a spinal fusion and had some X-rays taken a couple weeks ago and have herniated L3 which is new for me. I've had L4-S1 fused. Make sure to tell the doctor about your bathroom habits changing too. I hope everything is ok but the only way to know for sure is to go see your doctor. Let me know how you are doing!
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