Harrington Rod Insertion

  1. General information
    1. Spinal fusion and installation of a permanent steel rod along spine
    2. Used for moderate to severe curvatures
    3. Usually results in increase in height; positive body image changes
  2. Nursing interventions (see also Discectomy, in Unit 4)
    1. Provide general pre-op teaching and care.
    2. In addition to routine post-op care.
      1. Log roll.
      2. Do not raise head of bed.
      3. Discuss adapting home environment to allow for privacy yet interaction with family during long-term recovery.
      4. Discuss alternate methods of education during recovery period.

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