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    Harrington Rods vs the Birdcage

    I'm a burst L#1 and curious as to how many low level injuries in CC like mine, only got the Birdcage installed.

    On my fifth neuro visit, the doc made a suggestion that I should think about getting the rods put in...I declined, of course.

    Can you bend at the waist yet? Sort of touch your toes? Just had some
    questions.

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    Queen,

    I've got titanium screws and plates in my back. Is this a birdcage? From the x-rays it looks like a [ where the top and bottom part of the [ are screws in my T12 and L2 and I think it's rods in between.

    From seated position, I can bend at the waist and touch my toes.

    Daniel
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    The decision of what hardware to put in after a spinal fracture is very complex, with much biomechanical research done to test different techniques. Here is some information about the cage:

    http://www.ortho-spine.com/content/s...ge_111501.html

    http://www.spineuniverse.com/display...ticle1523.html

    http://www.spine-health.com/topics/s...mb09_cage.html

    A cage is generally needed when the entire body of the vertebrae is fractured or destroyed. Harrington rods would be insufficient in such a case. They are sometimes combined.


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    Wow, Thanks SCI Nurse, always wondered after I coming in here there was talk of harrington rods for L#1, I guess it was Solarscar. And from that I always wondered why I didn't have them in me since we were the same level.

    In viewing the above links, my cage looks completely different so they must have more "models" available...mine resembles a car cigarette lighter and I wondered why I never heard mention of Harringtons til I came here.
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    Marsha, I got the cage in at T 12 with a plate and 4 screws fused from T11 to L1
    Doug

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    There's what about 40 or 50 Spinal Instrumentation packages available now? Its a wonder that Harringtons are even mentioned let alone used. Harrington is early 60's technology isn't it? Sorry if this a thread hijack. I'm just wondering if people are using the term "Harrington Rods" as a generic term for all spinal instrumentation.

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    Duge, if someone held you from the back around the waist to help with your balance can you bend and touch your toes yet? I feel a pull when I try. Don't know if it's the muscles stretching or the parts (screws, plates) pulling but it's uncomfortable still. And I certainly don't want to pull those
    screws out no way shape or form...No No..

    It will be two years May 20, I'd think I have sufficient bone growth around it by now to make it safe to do, I'm just still such a chicken to
    keep trying once I feel that "pulling" feeling! Don't want to dislodge it.

    That's ok, canuck, it's relative to the thread..I think.
    Queen
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    No I can't bend over that far, there is just a stiff place there in my back, I can't turn around and look like I use to either. I can hold onto my cane and reach over and pick something up off the ground but I'm bending my knees when I do it.
    My Dr told me the first 6 months is when most of the bone re-grows so the bone should be there, but I went back this last Nov, "3 yr ch up" and he told me my fushion was finished
    Doug

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