A 63-year-old male asked:
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i had spinal stenosis surgery five years back with metal implants with screws, is above implants permanent or to be removed at later stage?

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Dr. Ken Yonemura
36 years experience Neurosurgery
Spinal Implants: Technically, the metal implants are no longer needed once the fusion has healed adequately. The reality is that we consider those implants to be permanent and there are relatively few reasons for removal. Pain attributed to the metal implants is often from other sources and the surgical approach for removal can sometimes itself result in different but new pain.
Answered on Nov 25, 2018
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Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Permanent: Permant there if appropriately placed there comes to be no good reason to remove them their removal will not relieve backpain they can and should stay in.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Usually not: The instrumentation does not usually need to be removed.
Answered on Sep 5, 2014

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