A 45-year-old member asked:
what are the risks of having a spinal fusion on your lower back?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Michael Bolesta answered
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Many things: It might not relieve all your symptoms. It does not always heal bone to bone. Infection, bleeding, transfusion, injury to blood vessels, nerves, other structures, need for additional procedures, implant related problems, healing in a bad position are some of the problems that could occur. Talk to your surgeon about your particular situation. Get a second opinion if you wish.
Answered on Apr 26, 2014
Dr. Steven Giannotta answered
48 years experience Neurosurgery
Depends: There are potentially serious risks because it is a major surgery. You have to assess the benefits of having the fusion versus the risks as described by your spine surgeon. There are many skilled surgeons these days who have a very high success and low risk rates. Get several opinions.
Answered on Jan 29, 2015
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