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What are the long term effects of a spinal fusion

A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Gradual worsening: Gradual worsening with foot drops if you have significant neurologic symptoms peotecting the nervesc with reconstruction has a better long term out co... Read More
Dr. Shuriz Hishmeh
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 22 years experience
Spondylolisthesis: Difficult decisions. Laminectomy is usually not indicated for a spondylolisthesis b/c there is a high risk of progression, up to 35% in some articles.... Read More
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
90% are treated: Nonop. Most do fine with no symptoms or symptoms controlled with exercise, medication, &/or injections. Surgery for most is a choice to relieve sympt... Read More

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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Bennett
31 years experience
FUSION: If you can urinate to completion and you were born with one kidney it is likely doing the work of 1.5 kidneys. A healthy balanced diet and proper flui... Read More
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
Should B none: The surgery will not have an effect on ur kidney. Beware of the antibiotics u take 4 any thing. No contact sports, also nsaids. Trauma amd drug toxici... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Forteo: Any side effects you notice after your bone density test and on Forteo you must bring to the attention of your doctor. You might want to stop Forteo... Read More
A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Talk to your DR.: Any time a patient is considering weaning off a medication, it is the best course of action to talk to the prescribing Dr to determine the safe way to... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pietro Seni
Orthopedic Surgery 48 years experience
Healing spinal fusio: We need a lot more info to answer this question, they are many variables that determine when fusion will heal such as:location of the fusion, levels f... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Variable: Fusion recovery experiences are variable, dependent upon the individual patient, each surgeon, type of spinal fusion (open vs. Minimal invasive), prio... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leland Berkwits
Pain Management 30 years experience
Fusion failure: There are a number of ways a spinal fusion may fail. If the hardware breaks and the vertebrae can move - this can be detected by a special Xray calle... Read More
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Talk to your doc: Too complicated a question which requires a lot of info specific to your case. Sometimes additional surgery is indicated.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 53 years experience
Joining bone togethe: A spinal fusion is a procedure used to join two spinal motion units together. It is designed to stop all motion of the motion segment. It may be perfo... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
A common procedure: Cervical spinal fusion for a herniated cervical disc is a common procedure done by neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. There are certainly ri... Read More