U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 48-year-old member asked:

what can be done to help patients after a spinal fusion?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Karl Schultz
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
General : While it depends on what type of spinal fusion you are referring to (cervical vs thoracic vs lumbar) and for what condition the fusion was performed (i.E scoliosis, degenerative, trauma, tumor), there are some general treatment options: prescriptive pain medications and muscle relaxants, low impact exercise/ stretching/walking, bracing, etc. Speak with your surgeon regarding his/her preference.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Similar questions

A 46-year-old member asked:

How does a spinal fusion work?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Stops motion: The purpose of a lumbar fusion procedure is to stabilize the segment in the lumbar spine. It stops motion in that segment to treat back pain and possibly nerve root compression leading to leg pain, weakness, numbness, or any combination of those. It relies on removing the disc and replacing with bone graft. In addition, screws and rods are used to hold this in place while the fusion occurs.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long after a spinal fusion can I return to activities?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Depends: Most activities within 6 to 12 weeks. Heavy lifting, bending, pulling, twisting may take longer.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Which patients should consider spinal fusion?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Limited: Only a very small subset of patients will benefit from spinal fusion. It is typically people with either instability or a condition that requires destabilization of the spine to fix another condition. This is one of the hardest things to sort out when faced with a patient with back or leg pain - who will fall into this very small category.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How long does recovery last for a spinal fusion?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Two components: Most people are back to most activities within 6 to 12 weeks. Full recovery can take up to a year or more.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long for a spinal fusion will heal?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pietro Seni
Orthopedic Surgery 47 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 fused, type of fixation used, materialch used weather is autograft or allograft and surgical technique, use of graft material, plus general condition and health of the pt.Usually one level uncomplicated fusion will take between 6 to 8 months.

Related questions

A 53-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 31-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 44-year-old member asked:
4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Dec 16, 2012

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.