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L4 and l5 fusion

A 79-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Durgin
General Surgery 20 years experience
Blood donation: The red cross has establish criteria for blood donation. For a surgery goes their statement is as follows: " it is not necessarily surgery but the un... Read More
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Sound healthy: If you are taking care of orthopedic issues, then you are likely in good overall health, and might be able to donate safely--however, the best person ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Stein
Pain Management 60 years experience
It could be: Is that the only level involved. Are other levels also damaged. You could first consider prolotherapy to stabilize the back with out surgery. Can ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Comments: There was a study demonstrating progressive arthritic deterioration above and below the site of fusion, and this seems to be your issue. Would defini... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Varies: Unfortunately there is not one correct answer. In other words, some patients will have very little or even no pain, whereas other patients will conti... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
Pain Management 29 years experience
Second opinion: At this point i would get a second surgical opinion.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Lumbar radiculopathy: Unfortunately this may end up being a long term problem with the type of surgery you had. I would try to follow up with the surgeon and get a repeat M... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Bed rest: You should try bed rest for an extended period of time, up to 2 weeks. If symptoms improve, you're good. Otherwise, you get to choose what to do.
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Remember: This is something based addressed with your physician and physical therapist as they should have a better understanding of any concerning complication... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: You need to determine why the screw broke and the other is backing out. Most likely, you have a pseudoarthrosis (meaning the fusion did not heal). An... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
Pain Management 29 years experience
Shouldn't be: Usually after an uncomplicated single level fusion you should not be limited. Hope this helps.

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