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Can a bone fusion break?

Can a bone fusion break?

More info needed: Need more information to answer your question. Are u talking about a cervical or lumbar fusion?A congenitally fused vertebra? An ankle or subtalar fusion, wrist, finger... Etc. Was there an injury involved, have you had increasing pain? Need more information to give you a reasonable answer! ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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What occurs during a bone fusion surgery?

What occurs during a bone fusion surgery?

Fusion (Arthrodesis): The technical term for fusion is arthrodesis. It's commonly used in the spine and joints like hip, knee and ankle. When joints become arthritic and lack cartilage, it's very painful to have bone rubbing on bone as 2 independent surfaces. Fusion attempts to bridge the two surfaces by using bone graft and other biomaterials. Once the surfaces heal together, there's no motion and this reduces pain. ...Read more

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Can bone fusion be delayed?

Can bone fusion be delayed?

Usually: Fusion is a major procedure. In many cases it is elective, meaning that you do it if your problem is severe enough and not responding to lesser alternative. There are conditions (like instability putting pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves) that should not be delayed. In those cases, delay may lead to irreversible loss of nerve function. Talk to your provider. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about having a bone fusion done on their wrist?

What do I need to know about having a bone fusion done on their wrist?

Multiple: Why, what are the other options and why are they not better than the one you have been offered. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in scientific/medical terminology, what bone fusion is?

Can you tell me in scientific/medical terminology, what bone fusion is?

I'll try: A bone fusion is usually done 2 obliterate a painful joint. Common r in the hand, back ; foot ; ankle. The bone is cut or burred down 2 healthy bleeding bone on each side of the joint. A graft using ur own (autograft) or cadaver (allograft) 2 fill the space . Then a fixation plate ; screws or other means 2 keep pressure on the graft ; keep the now fused joint from motion until it is solid. ...Read more

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Which is better for correcting degenerative disk disease, bone fusion or artificial disks?

Which is better for correcting degenerative disk disease, bone fusion or artificial disks?

Depends: The answer depends on the anatomy of the problem and of course the symptoms present. Many people have degenerative discs and live pain free. Fusions can be done if there is instability or deformity present. Disc replacement can be done in the absence of instability and deformity if the patients pain correlates well with the imaging findings. See a spine surgeon to discuss further. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bone fusion pain?

Timing: Pain after having a fusion depends on multiple items: such as how long it has been since your surgery, if the pain is at the donor site for the fusion, and if you had degeneration previously. I would imagine this is related to a spinal fusion and you are continuing to have pain after your fusion healed. If you had degeneration at other levels prior to surgery; this pain can be from those levels. ...Read more

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What should I expect when having a c-4/c-5, bone fusion?

What should I expect when having a c-4/c-5, bone fusion?

Short-recovery: I would imagine you are having an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. You will likely have a horizontal incision along your neck that usually heals well. Often 1-2 nights in the hospital and walking the day after the operation. If you have numbness or weakness in your hands, it usually is noticeably better after surgery. Pain is usually controlled with oral analgesia. ...Read more

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What are some good minerals and herbs to help a bone fusion after having surgery?

Calcium / Vit D: Bone does not require any minerals or supplements to heal. However ultra sound ( exogen ) can help stimulate bone growth. ...Read more

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What supplements promote bone fusion growth?

What supplements promote bone fusion growth?

None known: I am not aware of any supplements that have been specifically shown to promote bone fusion growth. You do need, of course, protein and calcium and vit d for bony healing, but these can be obtained from a good diet as well as sunlight. More important is to avoid or control factors that inhibit bone healing, such as smoking, diabetes, and nsaids (i.e. Ibuprofen, aleve). ...Read more

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What is spinal bone fusion and why is it important to scoliosis?

What is spinal bone fusion and why is it important to scoliosis?

Maintains correction: Basically what happens in scoliosis surgery is that instrumentation is implanted in the spine, and then the instrumentation is used to correct the spinal deformity and hold it in this corrected position until the spine fuses. Spinal fusion occurs when the individual vertebrae grow together as bone grows from one to the other. If the fusion does not occur, the instrumentation will ultimately fail. ...Read more

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What should I do after being diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and severe osteoarthritis with bone fusion?

What should I do after being diagnosed with spondylolisthesis and severe osteoarthritis with bone fusion?

Depends on symptonms: It depends on the symptoms you have. As a general rule, if you have more back pain, your surgeon will likely recommend a more conservative treatment (pt , medication). If you have more leg pain, nerve compression on the mri, and have failed conservative treatment, surgery may be an option. I would take the advice from the doctor who gave you this diagnosis. If not comfortable, get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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What is bone fusion?

What is bone fusion?

Making 2 bones 1: Typically a bone fusion is done for an arthritic joint. The cartilage from the joint is removed and the 2 ends of the bone are put together. When they heal, they fuse together and make one bone. Some times more complex fusion are performed with multiple bones. This is a great operation for pain relief, but motion is lost at the fusion site. ...Read more

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How does foot bone fusion surgery work?

How does foot bone fusion surgery work?

See below: In a simplified answer, the cartillage is removed from the ends of the bones to be fused and then the bones are fixated together with either a screw, screw and plate. This prevents motion of the bone so that it can heal. ...Read more

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What is the best recovery strategy for right first metatarsal bone fusion?

What is the best recovery strategy for right first metatarsal bone fusion?

No weight!: Remain non-weightbearing for a period of about 6-8 weeks or until your surgeon says you can bear weight. Bone takes about 6-8 weeks to heal after a fusion. Good luck! listen to your doctor 100% of the time post-operatively. ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor align the spine above my l 4-5 bone fusion which was done years ago?

May be dangerous: As an orthopaedic surgeon, i would not recommend any chiropractic manipulation after a spinal fusion. Before having anything done, talk with your spine surgeon. If he or she is not available, find a board certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon. At the very least, you should have new x-rays of your spine. ...Read more

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As a patient what should I expect from bone fusion procedure for lisfranc dislocation?

As a patient what should I expect from bone fusion procedure for lisfranc dislocation?

Screws and a cast: You will have multiple screws and pins and will be in a cast or at least no weight to the foot for a couple of months. ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor align the spine above an l4-5 bone fusion that was done 2 years ago?

Not in my opinion: I dont recommend manipulation after fusionthe stiff sgment can put extra stresses on adjacent segments while manipulation is well studied in normal spiines I am not aware of any in post fusion spine leaving results outcomes unpredictable in the post fusion spine post fusion spines are different. ...Read more

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Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more