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A 38-year-old member asked:

After back surgery can you get shorter?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Sure - by not much: Sure - you can get a tiny teeny bit shorter - dependent on what surgery and who did your surgery. Discectomy removes a small portion of your inter-vertebral disc. One disc only makes up a tiny fraction of your spine (or overall height) but losing a quarter inch or so following back surgery is normal.
Dr. Elizabeth Trinidad
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Not usually: Depends on the problem and surgery but would expect fusion type surgery to open up disc spaces with interbody device and preserve or increase height compression fractures in verebral bodies can make a person shorter.
Dr. Bikash Bose
Dr. Bikash Bose commented
Neurosurgery 46 years experience
I guess if one has tall disc spaces then undergoes micro dissectiomy for large extruded disc then the space can collapse over time and result in shortness.
Aug 30, 2013

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long should it take to get your energy back from surgery?

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Dr. Robert Klitzman
Sports Medicine 19 years experience
Energy: It depends on the surgery and your energy level and fitness level prior to the procedure. Certainly the better off you were prior to the surgery the faster you usually bounce back when it is done, but all surgeries are different.
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