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Dr. Mark Weston
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Why would a harrington rod patient gradually feel mild weakness, 1st in 1 thigh, & 2 yr later the other thigh and calf? Just lack of exercise?

Dr. Mark Weston
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Why would a harrington rod patient gradually feel mild weakness, 1st in 1 thigh,  & 2 yr later the other thigh and calf?  Just lack of exercise?

Lower degeneratiion: Many harrington fusion stopped atl 4 leavingtwo out of five joints too brand able to wear out quickly causing stenosis sand forinal collapse at l45 causing L4 and L5 symptoms adjacent segment disease with flat back syndrome mild nerve pressure with degeneration an loss of spacing. ...Read more

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Exercise is physical activity, such as walking, running, swimming, biking, ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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What does it mean to have harrington rod?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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What does it mean to have harrington rod?

A spine fusion : Harrington rods were developed to treat scoliosis over 50 years ago. Prior to their development, people having scoliosis surgery had a bone graft placed on the spine and had to be held in bed and in a body cast for months up to a year! the use of the rod aided in the correction &maintenence of the correction of scoliosis & a better fusion while mobilizing the person in cast and later in a brace. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
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What is a harrington rod for your back used for?

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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What is a harrington rod for your back used for?

Harrington rods: These are old rods with hooks which were used to attach multiple segments of the spine by a single hook above and a single hook below. 2 rods were usually used. These were used to correct abnormal curvature of the spine. Inflexible, they often broke or came unhooked. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Is it possible to move after a harrington rod removal?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Is it possible to move after a harrington rod removal?

Yes: Lots of physical therapy and conditioning inceases the rate of success. ...Read more

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What is the normal ?Weight?Of a harrington rod?

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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What is the normal ?Weight?Of a harrington rod?

Depends on length: Usually only a few ounces.

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
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How rare is it for a harrington rod to start ?Poking through surface of skin?

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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How rare is it for a harrington rod to start ?Poking through surface of skin?

Not really rare: The tip can start to protrude through the skin surface as the muscle atrophies around the rod or if the tip comes unhooked or rod breaks, it can press against the skin causing the skin to thin and the tip protrudes. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
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When is it necessary to?Take out a harrington rod?

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Multiple reasons: Some of these are: rod breaks rod comes unhooked fusion fails rod becomes painful any problem with the rod or hook. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Weston
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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How soon after harrington rod removal surgery should someone lift 5lbs or more?

Dr. Mark Weston
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How soon after harrington rod removal surgery should someone lift 5lbs or more?

6weeks: Give the muscle a a chance to heal before using themcheck with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
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If you have a harrington rod can it rust?

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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No: These are stainless steel and cannot/will not rust. ...Read more

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How soon after harrington rod removal surgery can someone start lifting things?

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Ask your surgeon: I don't know why you had the rod removed. If there was no problem with the rod, and you had a successful fusion, i'm not sure why the rod was removed. Only your spine surgeon can answer this question correctly. Give him a call! ...Read more

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