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What is a harrington rod for your back used for?

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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What does it mean to have harrington rod?

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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I have hypothyroidism. Is it safe to have a CT scan w/ contrast? If an MRI alternative? I also have a Harrington Rod in my back. Any alternative.

I have hypothyroidism. Is it safe to have a CT scan w/ contrast? If an MRI alternative? I also have a Harrington Rod in my back. Any alternative.

Thyroid and CT: If your hypothyroidism is appropriately treated there is nothing to worry about. If you do not have renal impairment, then the use of contrast should be safe. Every test, including a CT, is a balance of risks and benefits. If you need the CT, then go with your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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I have broken harrington rods in my back, unbearable pain & fear an surgery, im also suspecting fybromyalgia. Or are all the muscles aching from rods?

I have broken harrington rods in my back, unbearable pain & fear an surgery, im also suspecting fybromyalgia. Or are all the muscles aching from rods?

Complex: Your situation sounds complex enough to warrant an evaluation with a spine surgeon or two (for a second opinion). A pain specialist may also be a reasonable person to speak with regarding your pain in general and fibromyalgia in particular. ...Read more

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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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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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When is it necessary to? Take out a harrington rod?

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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If you have a harrington rod can it rust?

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

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

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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How soon after harrington rod removal surgery should someone lift 5lbs or more?

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

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

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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Are the rods used for scoliosis surgery more flexible than the harrington rod?

Are the rods used for scoliosis surgery more flexible than the harrington rod?

Variable: Modern scoliosis rods have different properties based on their thickness (cross sectional area) and their metallurgy (ie titanium is more flexible). Another important bit of knowledge about the implants are whether or not they are MRI safe. ...Read more

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Is what? They use now for scoliosis surgery more flexible then the old harrington rod?

Is what? They use now for scoliosis surgery more flexible then the old harrington rod?

Yes and no: The newer techniques include both anterior and posterior approaches combined to allow something called segmental fixation while placing screws in individual vertebrae and attaching them to a rod. It's not more flexible than harrington rods, it allows more attachment points and multiple more places to correct the curvature and relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. ...Read more

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Can I skydive with a fused spine (thoracic) and harrington rod?

Can I skydive with a fused spine (thoracic) and harrington rod?

Yes: If you are solidly fused, you may do anything you would like. Your level of flexibility and pain would be your only limitations. I have allowed my jumpers back after a year and confirmation by ct of fusion (includes a jumper with a partial canopy that burst fractured spine from fall). She's doing wing suit now! ...Read more

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I have recently undergone harrington rod surgery and have found that a month after my rib sticks out on one side and is sore. Will this go away?

I have recently undergone harrington rod surgery and have found that a month after my rib sticks out on one side and is sore. Will this go away?

Probably: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can a harrington rod? Cause erectile dysfunction?

Can a harrington rod? Cause erectile dysfunction?

No: Spinal deformity and spinal cord compression can cause erectile dysfunction but the rod, unless misplaced, should not cause erectile dysfuction. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a harrington rod fused to the end of your spine to cause erectile dysfunction?

Is it possible for a harrington rod fused to the end of your spine to cause erectile dysfunction?

No: No, unless the rod has entered the spinal canal and is compressing nerve tissue but then you would gave other symptoms as well, not just this one in isolation. ...Read more

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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?

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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What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness? Physiatrist, orthopod, neurosurgeon? Xrays best?

What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness? Physiatrist, orthopod, neurosurgeon? Xrays best?

See below: Harrington rods surgically implanted usually for severe scoliosis. This is a major surgery and is usually determined by an orthopedic spine specialist. ...Read more

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Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?

Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?

SWIMMING: Would be very beneficial for you! Make sure your diet contains enough Calcium (or obtain Calcium Supplements) and vitamin D (You should check these with your PCP!
You ahould also consider a "fresh" evaluation by a SPINE Specialist!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism. Is it safe to have a CT scan w/ contrast? If an MRI alternative? I also have a Harrington Rod in my back. Any alternative.

Thyroid and CT: If your hypothyroidism is appropriately treated there is nothing to worry about. If you do not have renal impairment, then the use of contrast should be safe. Every test, including a CT, is a balance of risks and benefits. If you need the CT, then go with your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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What kind of spinal rod is used for scoliosis?

What kind of spinal rod is used for scoliosis?

Metal alloy: In scoliosis surgery the rod is typically made of a metal alloy. Most commonly used are titanium and stainless steel. More recently cobalt come alloys are becoming popular. ...Read more

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What kind of spinal rod is used for spine scoliosis?

Varies: Most of the rods used for surgery in scoliosis are made of either titanium or an alloy such as cobalt-chrome. Typically two rods are used and they can be contoured to reproduce an anatomic sagittal and coronal alignment. As opposed to the older harrington rods that just principally used distraction for correction potentially causing a flat back. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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With scoliosis, at what point will harrington rods be helpful?

50 degrees: Generally surgery is recommended for curves that are greater than 50 degrees. While we still use dual rod constructs, they are no longer harrington rods. Scoliosis over 45- 50 degrees is said to progress a degree a year in maturity. At 90-100 degrees respiratory function is impacted. Lesser scoliosis does not typically progress. ...Read more

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What kind of routine follow up should a person with harrington rods have over the lifespan?

None unless symptoms: Unless there is pain or other nerve symptoms, no follow-up is necessary. ...Read more

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I have harrington rods in my back that were put in 18 years ago. Could they be causing problems now?

I have harrington rods in my back that were put in 18 years ago. Could they be causing problems now?

Unlikely after this: Time period but you may be developing adjacent level spine changes at the level your rods and fusion ends or you are one of many who would have the typical risk of developing back pain as an adult independent of your prior surgery. See a spine surgeon if the pain is of concern for you. ...Read more

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I have broken harrington rods in my back, unbearable pain & fear an surgery, im also suspecting fybromyalgia. Or are all the muscles aching from rods?

Complex: Your situation sounds complex enough to warrant an evaluation with a spine surgeon or two (for a second opinion). A pain specialist may also be a reasonable person to speak with regarding your pain in general and fibromyalgia in particular. ...Read more

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I have severe back pain due to surgery from Harrington rods from scoliosis...I eat through so much Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen I don't know what to do...

I have severe back pain due to surgery from Harrington rods from scoliosis...I eat through so much Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen I don't know what to do...

Seek help: Sounds too severe for typical post op pain. Call surgeon and primary doctor to review (on phone or preferably in person) for the cause and best treatment. DO NOT exceed recommended doses of ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). Ask about trying non medication help for pain - physical therapy, different sleeping, sitting and standing aids. Try to avoid narcotics. ...Read more

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I have severe low back pain on the lower right side & bulging disc & harrington rods for scoliosis, my curvature was at a 69°.Tingling legs & arms?

I have severe low back pain on the lower right side & bulging disc & harrington rods for scoliosis, my curvature was at a 69°.Tingling legs & arms?

Spine: After a fusion arthritis can occur above and below the fused segments of the spine. It sounds like your surgery was many years ago. If you so not have a spine surgeon it would be a good idea to see someone soon to have a look at your back and gets some new x-rays. ...Read more

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When is an intramedullary rod used?

When is an intramedullary rod used?

IM rod: Most common use for im rod is fractured long bone, like tibia and femur. ...Read more

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How much do intramedullary rods weigh?

How much do intramedullary rods weigh?

It varies.: Intramedullary rods come in a variety of diameters and lengths, so it would be difficulty to tell you a specific weight. ...Read more

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How risky is having an intramedullary rod?

How risky is having an intramedullary rod?

Reasonably safe: Intramedullary rods are traditionally used to treat displaced fractures of a long bone such as the femur or tibia. In light of the different options for treating displaced long bone fractures, an im rod is reasonably safe and effective. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Can women have more cones or rods in the retina?

Can women have more cones or rods in the retina?

Probably not: It is generally believed that the retinas have the same rod and cone densities when comparing men and women. There is some research to suggest differences in color vision between men and women. This in tern may be caused by somewhat different proportions of cone subtypes in women compared to men. For routine day to day vision, there is probably no or very little difference. ...Read more

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Had metel rod for two years leg swells is it bad?

Had metel rod for two years leg swells is it bad?

Leg swelling: Leg swelling is not normal even when there is a metal rod in the leg. I recommend that your physician examine your leg to make sure that there is no vein problem like phlebitis or inadequate vein function causing edema to accumulate.. ...Read more

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When can someone have their scoliosis rods removed?

When can someone have their scoliosis rods removed?

Yes: Yes, Once the spine is fused in a straightened position, the rods serve no more function. They can be removed once the spine is healed. Usually a minimum of 6 months after surgery. ...Read more

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What is involved in an intramedullary rod removed?

What is involved in an intramedullary rod removed?

IM rod: Can usually be done as an outpatient procedure, assuming no medical issues of surgical complications. Typically an incision is made in same location as when rod inserted. Instruments to remove the rod are attached, and the rod is withdrawn. Many times, at the ends of the rod, small screws are inserted to fix the rod to the bone. If so, they need to be removed before withdrawing the rod. ...Read more