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how should i know if the spinal fusion in my back has failed?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
If you had a spinal: Fusion for pain and the pain persists, that may be an indication. If you are a smoker, there is a good chance that fusion may not have occurred. A ct scan done after 12 months postop ( it can take a year for a fusion to heal) done with 2 mm axial cuts and then reconstructed in sagittal & coronal planes is the best way to image a fusion but no one study gives 100% proof of a fusion.
Answered on Jun 13, 2018
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