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Will the tens device work for spinal fusion?

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Dr. Theodore Spinks
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
May help pain: The tens device may help with pain after spinal fusion, but it will not affect the healing process. Talk to your surgeon if you think tens might help you.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
No: No, but a bone stimulator might. Nothing makes up for lousy carpentry so - pick your surgeon wisely. Are you sure that you got a problem fusion will fix (e.g. Spinal instability) ?. Vague symptoms ("back pain") rarely get better with fusions. The nerve decompression portion of the case needs to be handled well also (unusual for a 34 year old to need a fusion, double check on the indication ...

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Last updated Nov 25, 2014

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