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I have severe pain eight years after a scoliosis surgery. Could something be wrong?

I have severe pain eight years after a scoliosis surgery. Could something be wrong?

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Answered by

Dr. Atul Prakash

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At July 26, 2017
Reviewed AtFebruary 6, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I underwent scoliosis surgery eight years ago and have been experiencing a pain around my left shoulder blade. Recently this pain has gotten so bad it has become difficult to even breathe and sleep. Is it possible something is wrong with the rods that were placed during the surgery?

Answered by Dr. Atul Prakash


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  • The segments adjacent to the one that was stabilized may sometimes start to misbehave due to abnormal loads.
  • As it has been eight years since surgery, the likelihood of an infection and loosening are less likely, though it cannot be completely ruled out.
  • You need to see your doctor and repeat the X-rays and the blood work to rule out the possibilities.

For more information consult a spine health specialist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/spine-health-specialist

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Atul Prakash
Dr. Atul Prakash

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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