A 26-year-old male asked:
I had spinal fusion surgery for spina bifida occulta 6 years ago i have chronic back pain what can i do ?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Westonanswered
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
Hmmm?: This condition is not an indication for fusion see a pain doc get a diagnosis for your pain generator spina bifida is usually considered a asymptomatic incidental finding not a pain causer look for another diagnosis pain after fusion is called failed back syndrome was it a spondylothesis?
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Dr. Richard Pollardanswered
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Talk to surgeon: There are various options for the treatment of chronic back pain, however, you might want to check with your surgeon and get their opinion.
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Dr. Atif Haqueanswered
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 20 years experience
Chronic pain: Spina bifida occulta usually does not require treatment, so there might have been other reasons you got your fusion. Further treatments for chronic back pain include physical therapy, pain management, pain pumps and/or stimulators, or non-traditional methods, like acupuncture, chiropractory, etc. I would definitely consult with a surgeon. Your fusion might not be solid, or you might have new probs.
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Last updated Apr 24, 2015
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