Posted 2/23/2021 12:58 PM (GMT -7)
Well, its been awhile since I’ve been around these boards. My 2018 surgery was very successful and I recovered quickly. However. Last year I began having similar symptoms and an MRI confirmed the two discs above where Dr. Brara operated in 2018 were more compromised. Now I have similar symptoms but more significant as the numbness in my lower right leg, ankle, and foot have made walking more difficult and unfortunately driving impossible due to lack of feeing. So I’m going in for surgery on March 9th to fuse L1-2 and L2-3. But due to circumstances beyond my control I can no longer see Dr. Brara - he’s moved up to overseeing all Kaiser Southern California Neurosurgery Centers and as a result does not perform surgeries anymore. Also, I will now be going to Kaiser Downey (another Kaiser hospital in a different area) and have an orthopedic surgeon who will perform my surgery.
I met with this surgeon about a month ago to discuss what he plans to do and this is what I was told. He said he would remove all the hardware installed by Dr. Brara and put in a whole new set. I had somehow thought he’d simply add onto the existing hardware. I then mentioned that since my bones were extremely dense Dr. Brara, after breaking several drills, had to switch to a tool called a pedicle to make holes for the screws. The new surgeon told me not to worry, as he had “never met a bone I couldn’t drill into.” So. I’m a bit nervous both about the hardware removal and the drill issue. I have my pre-op meeting with the surgeon’s PA and also the anesthesiologist on March 1st so will definitely discuss these issues with him. I’m probably being overly cautious but who knows.
Good news is I’m going in for my second injection of the Moderna vaccine on the 27th and I'm very confident about the cleanliness and precautions of all the Kaiser facilities I’ve been to over the last year or so.
Bottom line, and my main question to this group is: has anyone else had hardware removed and new hardware installed to extend what was installed in a previous operation? What about bone that has fused into and over that hardware? Do they have to break it and chip it away? Yikes... Anyway, thanks for you replies. I appreciate it.