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Screws inserted during spinal surgery. Bone sticking out from surgery area, vanishes on standing. Worried?

Hi I recently underwent a spinal surgery in my lower back, there was screws inserted and so on. Then I noticed this bone sticking out from the surgery area, I am pretty sure its a bone, but not the one which had been operated. It almost vanishes when I stand but when I bend myself in a way it s really clear and can be touched. Any worries?
Asked On : Thu, 14 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

From the given description, I understand that you had a posterior spinal fixation propably with pedicle screws.

The projecting structure under the skin which you are able to feel could not be a bone. It could possibly be the left out extra length of the shaft of the screw that typically points under the skin during bending position.

So, I personally think that there is nothing to worry about this issue.

If you are concerned , approach your treating surgeon to discuss the issue.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Tue, 6 Aug 2013
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