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How long do you need to keep rods in your back after scoliosis surgery?

How long do you need to keep rods in your back after scoliosis surgery?

Until fusion1 year: Removal studies have shown no improvement in outcome they are not the cause of usualy removing them just adds to the muscle trauma they need to stay in until a solid fusion appears they can stay in for life for scoliosis removing threm was followed by loss of correction not advised. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait to jump after scoliosis surgery?

How long do you have to wait to jump after scoliosis surgery?

Postop activity: That is a very personal decision you need to discuss with your surgeon. It also depends on type of surgery, number of levels fused, anterior or posterior, risk factors for osteoporosis or failed fusion. Generally, you're looking at 6 months for posterior surgeries. 3 months for anterior fusion. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait to get back to physical activity after having wisdom teeth removed?

How long do I need to wait to get back to physical activity after having  wisdom teeth removed?

48 hours : Usually you can resume normal activity after 48 hours. I would avoid sports activities and exercising for 5-7 days. ...Read more

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How long after getting a spinal fusion in the t12-l1 would I be able to go to classes?

How long after getting a spinal fusion in the t12-l1 would I be able to go to classes?

Depends: Fusions can be done in different ways. A more minimally invasive procedure ( if appropriate) could have you back in 2-4 weeks. Other types could take months for recovery. Realize that the underlying problem that requires a fusion determines how extensive the procedure has to be. In addition, a t12-l1 fusion is an unusual place to need this type of surgery, so more info would be needed. ...Read more

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How long will it take to be up and walking again after surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

How long will it take to be up and walking again after surgery to straighten a curved spine (kyphosis)?

It's fast: Depending on patient's age & health status as well as whether it is single or 2 stage procedure, usually by the next day after surgery one will try at least to dangle the patient's legs off the bed or even sit in chair. From that point, walking begins as soon as tolerated to minimize risk of blood clots in legs & lungs as well as any other lung issues. If a 2 stage procedure it may be after 2nd. ...Read more

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How long should you wait after spraining your ankle to get back to full strength?

How long should you wait after spraining your ankle to get back to full strength?

Depends on severity : Depends on the severity of the sparin. Either way i would gradully work back to your old regiment, however, i would make sure the ankle is well supported and you have don e some strengthening exercises. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to go to a rehab center and how long to stay for pt after broken pelvis?

How old do you have to be to go to a rehab center and how long to stay for pt after broken pelvis?

See below: Some rehab hospitals have pediatric units but most do not. There is no particular age requirement. With regard to a broken pelvis, the answer to length of stay will depend on the extent of the injury to the pelvis, where the pelvis was fractured, if the person is able to bear weight on the legs as well as many other factors. I would expect at least one week and maybe up to 4 weeks in most cases. ...Read more

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Hip surgery on right hip. How long will you be laid up. And what can you do and not do after surgey. It wasnot broken its needs to be replaced.

Hip surgery on right hip. How long will  you be laid up. And what can you do and not do after surgey. It wasnot broken its needs to be  replaced.

3-6 weeks : It depends on the instructions of the orthopedist. They all have slightly differeing post-op restriction. Generally, you should be fairly active and approaching normal about 3-6 weeks after surgery. ...Read more

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Will I have to have help after spinal lumbar fusion and about how long to I need help doing the basics?

Will I have to have help after spinal lumbar fusion and about how long to I need help doing the basics?

Depends: The extend of fusion, bone quality, fitness, other medical conditions will affect recovery. Many can get up and perform self care within a few days. The surgeon, nurse, therapists can size up your individual needs. Many can be independent, but some will need help from family or home health. Some will benefit from time on an inpatient rehabilitation unit for extra therapy and strengthening. ...Read more

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How soon will I be able to lift weights after having surgery for the slipped discs in my spine?

How soon will I be able to lift weights after having surgery for the slipped discs in my spine?

1 to 3 months: Your surgeon can guide you in your specific situation, but generally you need to let the soft tissues (disk, muscle, ligaments, skin) heal. That takes several months. Premature heavy lifting might cause another disk injury. Low impact aerobic activity helps recovery. ...Read more

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How long after ACL surgery would i need to keep my leg elevated for?

How long after ACL surgery would i need to keep my leg elevated for?

Variable: The more you elevate the leg the better immediatly after surgery. This lasts for at least the first 3-4 days. After the acute period, you shuld elevate it whenever you feel like it is swelling. After the first month, the mojority of the surgical swelling shoul have resolved. Pain or swelling in the calf is another story, you should notify your surgeon immediately with any new calf swelling. ...Read more

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How long does it take your body to get back to normal after having your gallbladder out and do you have to eat low fat foods after the operation?

How long does it take your body to get back to normal after having your gallbladder out and do you have to eat low fat foods after the operation?

1 week: Typically 5-7 days to return to work full time. Could be as little as 2-3 days. Most could also go back to working out in a gym in 2-3 weeks depending on comfort level. Low fat diets are typically not necessary unless freq loose stools are an issue. ...Read more

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After total hip replacement, what should be the exercises to do to rehabilitate? Would you recommend water exercises? How much time after surgery?

After total hip replacement, what should  be the exercises to do to rehabilitate? Would you recommend water exercises? How much time after surgery?

Varies: You would want to check with your surgeon. Most of the time you do need to limit your activities to some degree, particularly if you have a press fit hip in which bony ingrowth is needed to provide long term stability of the implant. For a period of time you also need to be careful not to put yourself in a position in which you might dislocate your hip. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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If I wear a corset for kyphosis correction, can I continue to go to the gym? What physical restrictions will I have? Do I need to wear it 24/7?

If I wear a corset for kyphosis correction, can I continue to go to the gym? What physical restrictions will I have? Do I need to wear it 24/7?

Yes : You absolutely can still exercise and go to the gym while being treated for kyphosis with a corset, and it is good to do so. Understand that a brace for kyphosis in an adult patient has no long term structural effect, it is simply to treat your symptoms, as such it does not need to be worn 24/7, nor should it be. Wearing a brace too much can cause stiffnessand atrophy. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait to go to the gym after a dislocated arm?

How long do you have to wait to go to the gym after a dislocated arm?

check w/your ORS: If you dislocated your shoulder(i'm assuming) then you need to be examined by an ors and a treatment plan discussed before you go back to the gym.Treatment varies w/associated injuries, # of dislocations you've had, joint laxity, dominant arm affected etc. See your ors! good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I have braces and I'm getting double-jaw surgery to correct an underbite. how long will What to do if I have to wear braces after the surgery?

What to do if I have braces and I'm getting double-jaw surgery to correct an underbite. how long will What to do if I have to wear braces after the surgery?

Ask: Ask both the Orthodontist and the Oral Surgeon. Your treatment was planned out before your braces went on. It takes 6 weeks for bone to fill surgical sites, 6 months for bone to mature. Usually takes about 6 months to fine tune the occlusion after surgery completed. Good for you having this done...you'll love the results, ...Read more

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Does lower back fusion surgery limit the mobility in your back can you still be flexible as you use to be?

Does lower back fusion surgery
 limit the mobility in your back can you still be flexible as you use to be?

Yes: ? Re: lumbar fusion & post-op mobility. Certainly & can result in transfere of flexion forces to sacroiliac joints, SIJ, & repetitively stress them, over time, to pain & permanent loss of ligament integrity. Fusion surgeons should stop harvesting iliac crest bone because oft disrupts iliolumbar ligament of SIJ; leading to same problems. ...Read more

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How long can you have to stay in the hospital after cutting your wrists too deep?

How long can you have to stay in the hospital after cutting your wrists too deep?

That is quite: Variable. During hospitalization there will likely be wound care, or more intensive care if you have bled a great deal as well as psychiatric assistance. ...Read more

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If you have a inguinal hernia (11mm) and you perform surgery will it keep coming back for the rest of your life? or will i be able to live normal life

If you have a inguinal hernia (11mm) and you perform surgery will it keep coming back for the rest of your life? or will i be able to live normal life

Normal Life: After any hernia repair, it is always possible for another hernia to recur. There are many ways to fix a hernia, but none of them are 100%. You can always get back to a "normal" life after a hernia repair. You might need to be somewhat cautious about certain activities such as heavy lifting or other strenuous activities. See your surgeon to discuss this further. ...Read more

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37 year old has scoliosis, lumbar lordosis and curved spine, and was born with hip dysplasia.Had several surgeries. Now has joint and back pain walkin?

37 year old has scoliosis, lumbar lordosis and curved spine, and was born with hip dysplasia.Had several surgeries. Now has joint and back pain walkin?

Joint/Back pain: You have a difficult problem because of your history. You should seek the advice of a qualified physiatrist who specializes in spine care. Preferentially they should work in the same practice as a spine surgeon so you can get both opinions. ...Read more

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How long do you need to keep rods in your back after scoliosis surgery?

Until fusion1 year: Removal studies have shown no improvement in outcome they are not the cause of usualy removing them just adds to the muscle trauma they need to stay in until a solid fusion appears they can stay in for life for scoliosis removing threm was followed by loss of correction not advised. ...Read more

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I have congenital scoliosis surgery question, any suggestions?

I have congenital scoliosis surgery question, any suggestions?

Yes: Yes you could see an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty for the treatment of scoliosis. Also, if you list your specific question on healthtap, i will try to look for it and answer it if i can. Thank you. ...Read more

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Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult? .

Can surgery be used to treat congenital scoliosis in children? My child was born with congenital scoliosis. Can she have surgery to correct it, or does she have to wait until she's an adult?

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Talk to MD: You have to find out wether the scoliosis is affecting the child. In severe cases scoliosis can cause pain and interfere with breathing. In minor cases it is detectable on examination, but is not interfering with the patient's lifestyle. If it is the latter case you may not need surgery at all. Talk to your md about options. ...Read more

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How long does it take to have scoliosis back surgery?

Depends on severity: The procedure can take anywhere from 3 or 4 hours, to much longer. It depends on the severity of the curve, how many segments need to be fused, and if there are any congenital anomalies that need to be addressed (ie. Hemivertebrae). ...Read more

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How long after scoliosis back surgery you start being sexually active again?

How long after scoliosis back surgery you start being sexually active again?

6 weeks: First and foremost you should talk to your surgeon regarding this matter. At the 2006 scoliosis reseach society per-meeting course, dr. John sarwark presented a chart for resuming activities following surgery and the recommendation for adults resuming sex was at 6 weeks. Again though you should check with your surgeon regarding his guidelines. ...Read more

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Had lumbar fusion&scoliosis surgery on l3l4 and had to have another one , 1screw was hitting the nerve . How long will it take for my nerve to heal?

Had lumbar fusion&scoliosis surgery on l3l4 and had to have another one , 1screw was hitting the nerve . How long will it take for my nerve to heal?

Difficult to say....: In general, nerves repair themselves at a rate of 0.5 mm per day.....Depends the extent of nerve injury. Usually 3 to 6 months. ...Read more

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Dear Doctor. I have my scoliosis surgery late 2009. There is a long scar on my back. It was nothing and fine. However, it grew up the tissue.

Dear Doctor. I have my scoliosis surgery late 2009. There is a long scar on my back. It was nothing and fine. However, it grew up the tissue.

Keloid???: are you forming a keloid? if you are a trip to a plastic surgeon will help you. there is different ways to minimize the scar. see a plastic surgeon ...Read more

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Is it normal to still feel the rods in your back several months after scoliosis surgery ?

Is it normal to still feel the rods in your back several months after scoliosis surgery ?

It can be: You had a spine deformity corrected to some degree with a fusion done to hold the correction with the instrumentation holding and creating this correction until the fusion is complete. You are adjusting to this correction and surgery and it is normal to feel that way. Unless your are very skinny, the rods are usually not felt unless one breaks or becomes loose. ...Read more

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I had scoliosis surgery and have 2 rods in the top of my spine. This was 6 years ago. Could I skydive?

I had scoliosis surgery and have 2 rods in the top of my spine. This was 6 years ago. Could I skydive?

Better not: this is a high impact sport on your spine, as jogging and skiing for example,you may want to ask your spine surgeon, if you are in doubt, I wouldn't go for it if I were you, good luck ...Read more

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How long to recover from scoliosis surgery?

How long to recover from scoliosis surgery?

Generally months: Since this involves a fusion, it takes months to up to one year for a fusion to fully heal. Your activity level will increase over this time as guided by your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?

How long does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?

3 months to 1 year: There are multiple types of scoliosis. Recovery depends on your age, the location of the surgery, the number of levels fused, your bone quality, and the type of surgery. This question should be discussed with your surgeon as the answer varies quite a bit depending on the exact cause of the scoliosis, many patient factors, and the type of surgery performed. ...Read more

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How long until you can be active after scoliosis surgery?

How long until you can be active after scoliosis surgery?

depends: It depends in part on what you mean by active. We encourage our surgical patients to be as active as they can within certain activity restrictions as soon as possible after surgery. So, for example, a person can walk and do light activities as soon as they feel comfortable after surgery. However, for 8-12 weeks, they are restricted from doing any bending, heavy lifting, or twisting. Thank you. ...Read more

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For how long does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?

Depends on surgery..: Discuss with your orthopedic surgeon this question. The answer will vary depending on exactly what needs to be done in your case and if there are any complications that may extend the recovery time. Also your general health can influence recovery time for many surgical procedures. Not all cases of scoliosis require surgery. If concerned, a 2nd opinion re: treatment is never a bad idea. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why does my back feel stiff two months after a scoliosis surgery ?

Fusion: Scoliosis surgery involves straightening out your spine and then fusing it in a straighter position. By definition, this stiffens your back. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What type of surgery is involved for a person with severe scoliosis and how long is the recovery.

What type of surgery is involved for a person with severe scoliosis and how long is the recovery.

Neurosurg/ortho: The answer depends a lot on whether nerves/spinal cord are affected or not and how you mean "severe" (major deformity versus major pain). Talk to a neurosurgeon or/and ortho spine specialist to get the names of potential surgical procedures for your situation and then study them on the net. ...Read more

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How much does it cost for surgery of the spine(scoliosis)?

It varies: It varies quite a bit depending on the approach, the number of bones being fused, the amount of implants needed, the length of the procedure, the need for intensive care, the length of hospitalization and rehabilitation. Your spine specialist should be able to give you an estimate, taking into account your specific curve and proposed options. ...Read more

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Could laser surgery for scoliosis correct the spine curve?

No: Laser surgery has some great benefits for specific populations, but it will not change scoliosis. It might be able to ease some pain if you are having it, but will not correct the curvature. ...Read more

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Scoliosis surgery in thoracic spine ==what do we expect?

Scoliosis surgery in thoracic spine ==what do we expect?

Taller pain : You'llbe straighter and taller it will hurt for a time you won't with time notice the stiffness the thoracic spine doesn't move much any way. ...Read more

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Can the spine curve after having scoliosis surgery?

Yes: It can deform or curve above or below the part of the spine treated (fused, made stiff). Less commonly, if the implants are removed (for some reason) the curve can worsen. ...Read more

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Scoliosis (Definition)

An abnormal curvature of the spine or backbone in which part of the spine looks curved to ...Read more