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Doctor insights on: Recovery Time Harrington Rod Removal

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

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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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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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