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What is bone fusion?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Making 2 bones 1: Typically a bone fusion is done for an arthritic joint. The cartilage from the joint is removed and the 2 ends of the bone are put together. When they heal, they fuse together and make one bone. Some times more complex fusion are performed with multiple bones. This is a great operation for pain relief, but motion is lost at the fusion site.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can bone fusion be delayed?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Usually: Fusion is a major procedure. In many cases it is elective, meaning that you do it if your problem is severe enough and not responding to lesser alternative. There are conditions (like instability putting pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves) that should not be delayed. In those cases, delay may lead to irreversible loss of nerve function. Talk to your provider.
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A 60-year-old female asked:

Can a bone fusion break?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
More info needed: Need more information to answer your question. Are u talking about a cervical or lumbar fusion?A congenitally fused vertebra? An ankle or subtalar fusion, wrist, finger... Etc. Was there an injury involved, have you had increasing pain? Need more information to give you a reasonable answer!

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