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What spinal fusion surgery?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 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 performed with or without the usages of screws and rods. It is performed for spinal instability . It is like welding 2 pieces of metal together.
Dr. Rowlin Lichter
Orthopedic Surgery 72 years experience
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Dr. Chaim Colen
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Go slow: Avoid lifting over 10 lbs, or excessive bending or twisting. Where was the location of the operation? lumbar or cervical spine? (lower back or neck?) walking is usually good. Ask your surgeon to be sure. Would continue to use a brace.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What happens after a spinal fusion surgery?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Consult your surgeon: I recommend you consult your surgeon about the expectations of your surgery. Wishing you the best.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the indications for spinal fusion surgery?

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Dr. Stan Lee
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
Spinal Instability: Spine fusion is indicated when spinal stability and/or alignment has been compromised, resulting in risk for further spinal collapse, deformity, or neurological compression/injury. Surgical fusion restores immediate stability and alignment and creates an environment where the vertebra can fuse in a functionally acceptable position. Conditions include fracture, deformity, and spondylolisthesis.
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
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In the neck, because of the presence of the spinal cord, fusion is often done for neurological compression even without instability.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How harmful is a spinal fusion surgery?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Depends if it: Is necessary. If you are having motor weakness or instability of the spine, then it is beneficial. If you are not, then follow up on other options as these surgeries, when not indicated, more often then not trade pain at one level for pain at the next level from the fusion. These surgeries can lead to pain if not needed, so make sure it is absolute necessary before moving ahead.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Could a spinal fusion surgery stunt your growth?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Perhaps: It depends on the age of the person having the fusion (the younger you are, the more growth that may be lost), the number of bones involved (the more fused, the more potential loss). On the other hand, correcting some deformities can modestly increase height. For some young children, some pediatric deformity surgeons will use "growing rods, " delaying fusion as long as possible. Ask your surgeon.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What's xlif spinal fusion surgery and is it safe?

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Dr. Alexandre De Moura
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Xlif surgery is safe. It's merely a side approach to the lumbar spine to create a fusion.

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