Re: What to expect of Harrington Rod Removal surgery
Toni is probably a better guide than I am here. I don't think my experiences are especially representative or necessarily very helpful, however here goes.
I had a Harrington rod fusion in July 1970 (42 years ago!) and the rod removed 8 years later. I will say that for all of those 8 years I was conscious of the rod being there and quite definitely noticed the difference when it was removed, however I was never in pain from it - but I was only 22 when it was removed.
My removal surgery was very straighforward, the rod was cut in two to get it out and wasn't too emebedded, I was in for 5 days and back at work the following week.
Here it is, the two halves have been welded back together:
As I say, because the rod was removed so early I was probably lucky to avoid the problems you have had - and so my recovery time from the surgery may not be representative.
Good luck and stay in touch
59 years old, juvenile ideopathic scoliosis - thoracic curve with lumbar compensating curve. Fusion (T3/4? - L1) at age 14 with Harrington Rod after 3 years in Milwaukee brace, 1 year's bracing after, then rod removed 8 years after the initial surgery. Reviewed NOC, Oxford by Prof J Fairbank October 2010.