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I had neck surgery for herniated disc they put a 2 inch titanium plate to replace disc does the screws come loose and cause pain?

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Dr. Mark Sterling
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: It shouldn't...

But it could theoretically.
An x-ray could help to tell. See your doctor, there are lots of simpler reasons for pain.

In brief: It shouldn't...

But it could theoretically.
An x-ray could help to tell. See your doctor, there are lots of simpler reasons for pain.
Dr. Mark Sterling
Dr. Mark Sterling
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Not common

Typically, the screws do not become loose or cause pain.
You may need to see your surgeon for further evaluation.

In brief: Not common

Typically, the screws do not become loose or cause pain.
You may need to see your surgeon for further evaluation.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: potentially

A titanium plate is most commonly used in the cervical spine as an adjunct to a fusion, not a disc replacement.
The purpose of the screws and plate is to hold everything still until the fusion occurs. It is rare to have hardware problems if the fusion is solid, but if the fusion does not heal it is not uncommon to see screw or plate failure. It is usually the nonunion that causes the pain.

In brief: potentially

A titanium plate is most commonly used in the cervical spine as an adjunct to a fusion, not a disc replacement.
The purpose of the screws and plate is to hold everything still until the fusion occurs. It is rare to have hardware problems if the fusion is solid, but if the fusion does not heal it is not uncommon to see screw or plate failure. It is usually the nonunion that causes the pain.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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