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  • JoanKienle
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    The rods are separating at the upper thoracic area. Causing severe new pain.
    Loose screws in pelvis. Have had collapses and cannot
    Walk at times. Very painful to move. Level ten sharp daggering
    Pain break throughs. Any ideas??

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You note “rods are separating at the upper thoracic area” and also note loose pelvic screws. These could have two separate causes. The upper screws, more likely than not, are loose due to a pseudoarthrosis (lack of fusion). Without a fusion, the spine pulls away from the screws and screws become loose. A CT scan will diagnose this condition and a redo surgery would be necessary to repair this problem.

    If the screws are loose in the pelvis, the above could still be true but if there are screws that cross the sacroiliac joint (which are placed to gain a better hold of the pelvis), these commonly will become loose as this joint is generally not fused during the surgery and a moving joint will loosen screws. A CT scan here will help diagnose either condition. If solid lumbar fusion is noted with loose pelvic screws, removing only these pelvis screws will be helpful.

    Dr. Corenman

    JoanKienle
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    DR Corenman, Thank you for answering my question so promptly! I have another question. The whole spine is fused from T3 to tailbone. If it is fused can it be upper spine be fixed, and who could do this surgery for me? I live in Middletown, Ohio. I have seen Dr (t hey did both rod surgeries in 3yrs),in Cincinnati, and have had a consult with Dr In Cleveland clinic. Can the rods be taken out? They really HURT!!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    The upper spine probably can be fixed. Since this is an anonymous forum, I can’t discuss Drs. names here. You can contact me through my number you see at the top of the home page for suggestions of surgeons who I would recommend.

    Dr. Corenman

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