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Recovery Time Harrington Rod Removal
6weeks: Give the muscle a a chance to heal before using themcheck with your surgeon. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
No: Anyone with metal in their body cannot have mris. ...Read more
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
Is it possible for a harrington rod fused to the end of your spine to cause erectile dysfunction?
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
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
What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness? Physiatrist, orthopod, neurosurgeon? Xrays best?
Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?
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
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
2-3 weeks: Depending on the age of the individual, the type of repair, and other comorbidities, scrotal support and relatively minimal activity is usually recommended for 2-3 weeks to prevent recurrence or hematoma formation. ...Read more
It depends: One can walk out of the recovery room with a cane but then it is about 5 days until biking on a stationary bike and running in 4-6 weeks. Please discuss with your orthopedist. Each has their own rehab routine. It will also depend on how fit your were prior to the injury and any other knee pathology. ...Read more
Weeks: I have seen professional athletes recover in 7 days, ready to return to competition--this is extremely fast. 4 weeks if you rehab very well. 6 weeks is more typical for return to full activity. Individual recovery will vary based on the extent of pathology/surgery and how quickly you progress through rehab/p.T. After surgery. Talk to your surgeon and dedicate yourself to rehab. Good luck. ...Read more
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What is a general estimate of the cost and recovery time of a loose body removal surgery with and without insurance for a 20 yr old male.
Talk to the surgeon: So many variables go into cost of operations that it is near impossible to give a general estimate. Costs vary depending on where you live, whether this is performed in an outpatient surgery center vs. Hospital, who the surgeon is, what the anesthesia costs are, which insurance company is used, whether you have deductible. Out of pocket expense usually much less with insurance. ...Read more
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