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Is the spinal fusion a risky thing to do?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let us think: Any operation in general is risky, this why we have to be sure you need it, and they are no other solution . The spinal fusion have common risks like any other operation, add to that special risk( bone may not fuse, infection.) and other. Thank you.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Major spine surgery has small risk of life changing complication associated and failure to relieve symptoms consider carefully nonunion failed back surgery make sure benefits outweigh risks.And the pain generator is well lidentified by diagnostic injections.
Dr. David Lundin
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Risks not high: Spinal fusion surgery is safer than it has been in decades due the advances in imaging and neurophysiological testing during surgery. The allows for safer placement of instrumentation with less risk of nerve injury. Risks of bleeding or infection remain present but with a good surgeon and hospital, these should also be minimal. Risk of poor healing also remain depending on your age and health.

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