Top 20 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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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.

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