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Doctor insights on: Abnormal Skull Bone Fusion

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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 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 are symptoms of bone fusion pain?

What are symptoms of bone fusion pain?

Usually none: A fusion is indicated usually to control pain in certain instances, to correct a deformity, fix an instability or a fracture or sometimes to treat an infection. A fusion that has healed should not be causing pain unless there is bone growth pressing on a nerve, the fusion did not heal or instrumentation if used with the fusion may be impinging on a nerve. ...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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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

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