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I had spinal stenosis surgery five years back with metal implants with screws, is above implants permanent or to be removed at later stage?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Permanent

Permant there if appropriately placed there comes to be no good reason to remove them their removal will not relieve backpain they can and should stay in.

In brief: Permanent

Permant there if appropriately placed there comes to be no good reason to remove them their removal will not relieve backpain they can and should stay in.
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: Usually not

The instrumentation does not usually need to be removed.

In brief: Usually not

The instrumentation does not usually need to be removed.
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Dr. Ken Yonemura
Neurosurgery

In brief: Spinal Implants

Technically, the metal implants are no longer needed once the fusion has healed adequately.
The reality is that we consider those implants to be permanent and there are relatively few reasons for removal. Pain attributed to the metal implants is often from other sources and the surgical approach for removal can sometimes itself result in different but new pain.

In brief: Spinal Implants

Technically, the metal implants are no longer needed once the fusion has healed adequately.
The reality is that we consider those implants to be permanent and there are relatively few reasons for removal. Pain attributed to the metal implants is often from other sources and the surgical approach for removal can sometimes itself result in different but new pain.
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