A pseudoarthrosis is a medical terminology implying that an area of bony fracture or a bony fusion hasn’t healed. A second opinion before surgery is advisable.
A pseudoarthrosis is a medical terminology implying that an area of bony fracture or a bony fusion has not healed. A pseudoarthrosis simply implies that there is an area of nonhealing. Patients who have had prior spine fusions and have persistent pain could potentially suffer from a spinal pseudoarthrosis, and a second opinion is wise in those circumstances. Pseudoarthrosis can present with pain, prominent hardware, or even neurologic deficit. Some patients with spinal pseudoarthrosis can have broken hardware, as eventually the hardware will give way to repetitive motion over a spinal segment that has not fused.