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    Broken Rods In My Neck

    I had 2 titanium rods installed after I broke my neck in July 2009. They ran from the base of my occiput to the C6 vertebrae. Less than two years later, both of them broke, and I had to have the upper portion of them removed. Unfortunately, the surgery has left me with a tremendous amount of pain.
    Has anyone heard of any product liability issues or anything similar happening? I was under the impression that titanium rods should not break, at least not within the first 24 months.
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    My neighbor in Ohio had a titanium rod placed in his leg after a car accident, at the Cleveland Clonic. It broke after about 18 months.

    As I understand it, the problem is the rods are "sintered"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sintering

    ...not cast. Either it makes it easier to machine to fit, or the theory is that tissue will grow into the matrix.

    I don't know if there is legal action pending or not.

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    I don't know of any legal action pending. I do believe that is one of the potential problems that was probably in the surgical consent, but you could check your medical record to see. You could contact a PersonalInjury lawyer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    I don't know of any legal action pending. I do believe that is one of the potential problems that was probably in the surgical consent, but you could check your medical record to see. You could contact a PersonalInjury lawyer.
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    I don't think the surgical consent would affect a suit against the product manufacturer. I agree, call a plaintiff's law firm.. Try Morgan and Morgan----big enough to know the answer.
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    The rods broke due to stress from motion.

    Hardware fractures are usually due to lack of fusion. (of the bones)

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    Thanks for the repliesI realize they may have broke due to stress or motion, but in less than two years? Plus I really wasn't doing anything besides turning my head – 15° Max. I still have no range of motion, in fact I now have less since the surgery to fix the rods.
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