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Could you tell me what's the best yoga/stretches/exercise for after a spinal fusion?

Could you tell me what's the best yoga/stretches/exercise for after a spinal fusion?

Avoid cobra: I would recommend avoiding the cobra stretch hyperextension is rarely comfortable in degenerative post fusion spine remember stiffness is part of fusion plan a stiff balanced spine that protects nerves was the goal I usually trcommend pilates and swimming use pain as guide replace running with elliptical or swimming. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Fusion (Definition)

Surgery to cause two or more spine segments to be joined together through a growth of bone initiated by the placement of bone tissue or graft taken from the patient or from a donor source or even a manufactured source which could include: bone growth proteins and particulate structures that act as scaffolds for bone to grow on and may include implants or instrumentation ...Read more


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What t type of exercise, mainly yoga is safe to do after spinal fusion from T4 to T12? I have pain or discomfort almost every day.

What t type of exercise, mainly yoga is safe to do after spinal fusion from T4 to T12? I have pain or discomfort almost every day.

Yoga & Qigong: Please get cleared by your doc and then see a certified yoga teacher. My preference is actually a Chinese practice called qigong which has less impact on the spine and data to support its usefulness. See www. Nqa. Org for teachers. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is yoga a good exercise therapy for someone who is 14 months post op two level lumbar spinal fusion?

YOGA For everyone: Yes. It is an incredible and valuable form of stretching and exercise that many people with musculoskeletal issues find beneficial. It is also a great way to learn to calm one's mind and to gain some control in a life filled with pain and anxiety. ...Read more

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What happens after a spinal fusion surgery?

What happens after a spinal fusion surgery?

Depends: There are many types of spinal fusion procedures, with different anatomical approaches, locations, implants, and techniques. The most important aspect of the surgery is the actual bone growth that occurs over months (yrs) that causes the bones treated to fuse (connect) with a solid bone connection. For more specific information, talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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What can be done to help patients after a spinal fusion?

What can be done to help patients after a spinal fusion?

General: While it depends on what type of spinal fusion you are referring to (cervical vs thoracic vs lumbar) and for what condition the fusion was performed (i.E scoliosis, degenerative, trauma, tumor), there are some general treatment options: prescriptive pain medications and muscle relaxants, low impact exercise/ stretching/walking, bracing, etc. Speak with your surgeon regarding his/her preference. ...Read more

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I have read that after a spinal fusion the levels above & below have xtra damage. How long does it typically take & is it worth it? Hope no more surge

Adjacent level: It is not uncommon for levels adjacent to a fusion to demonstrate accelerated degeneration and need future surgery. This happens in 10-20% of cases within 10 years, although there is evidence it is less with minimally invasive surgeries. ...Read more

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What happens after a spinal fusion for scoliosis with regards to your weight?

Minimal effect: Other than the actual weight of the instrumentation used for the scoliosis fusion, the surgery itself should have minimal affect on a patients weight. The total weight of the instrumentation used varies, but is probably less than 2-3 pounds. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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How long after a spinal fusion should you have sex?

How long after a spinal fusion should you have sex?

When you feel ready.: There is no specific amount of time to wait before engaging in sex after a spinal fusion. I advise my patients to wait until they feel comfortable doing so. ...Read more

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How long after a spinal fusion can I return to activities?

Depends: Most activities within 6 to 12 weeks. Heavy lifting, bending, pulling, twisting may take longer. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time before I can bend down again after a spinal fusion?

What is the recovery time before I can bend down again after a spinal fusion?

This varies as to: The type of fusion done, number of levels involved as well as the type of instrumentation (if any) that was used. In general, assuming normal healing (not smoking, not a diabetic, not a revision surgery, not hypothyroid or malnourished) usually after several months but always ideally one can immediately get down by bending at the knees and hips rather than at the waist which is the right way. ...Read more

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Is it normal not to see bone growth one month after a spinal fusion?

Is it normal not to see bone growth one month after a spinal fusion?

Bone fusion: Yes. Bone fusion can take up to a year and a fusion occurs more slowly in post menopausal women, people who smoke, patients who take Ibuprofen or anti-inflammatory medications and people with diabetes. ...Read more

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What shoes are best to wear after a spinal fusion? Can I still wear my Converse?

Spinal Fusion: I suspect your Back Surgeon will have some ideas for you. Doesn't seem to me like Converse would provide enough cushion for support after surgery. ...Read more

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How long is the average recovery time after a spinal fusion to correct scoliosis?

How long is the average recovery time after a spinal fusion to correct scoliosis?

6months to a year: Fusion first then activities resume, you can't make it go faster with exercise, I recomend rest, be still heal, then move non fusion cost you a year in recovery and comfort. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any permanent restrictions after a spinal fusion on l4-l5?

Shouldn't be: Usually after an uncomplicated single level fusion you should not be limited.
Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does pain 3 months after a spinal fusion signify bone growth? This time is more painful than last, but lat time no growth. Friends say growing pains.

Does pain 3 months after a spinal fusion signify bone growth? This time is more painful than last, but lat time no growth. Friends say growing pains.

Check your pain Doc.: Your question is not easy to obtain the answer without knowing your condition in detail. If your pain is getting worse, you should go back to your pain doctor, may not surgeon only. ...Read more

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How long can I expect to be off the job after a spinal fusion surgery?

Depends on job: 6weeks got sedentary jobs 3 months or longer for demanding jobs. ...Read more

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Can drop foot be caused be a complication after a.Spinal Fusion surgery nine weeks ago and how will the drop foot heal?

Can drop foot be caused be a complication after a.Spinal Fusion surgery nine weeks ago and how will the drop foot heal?

Yes: It fan be a complication of surgery especially if it is a new issue. Speak with your surgeon and have it reevaluated as soon as possible. This is not a good situation. ...Read more

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How long after a spinal fusion is bone growth apparent on x-rays or ct scans? My previous fusion had no bone growth so I want to request extra testing

How long after a spinal fusion is bone growth apparent on x-rays or ct scans? My previous fusion had no bone growth so I want to request extra testing

6-8 weeks: Bony fusion grows like a fracture heals. It generally takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks to see good Xray evidence of fusion. In my practice I will get X-rays at the 6 week point, and usually at the 3 month time point. But other surgeons may have different schedules. It can be helpful to use an external bone growth stimulator, No doubt NOT SMOKING is crucial, and avoiding NSAIDs can help you heal!! ...Read more

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I have a large, swollen, warm lump under my skin near the incision after a spinal fusion surgery. I'm three weeks post op should I go to the ER?

I have a large, swollen, warm lump under my skin near the incision after a spinal fusion surgery. I'm three weeks post op should I go to the ER?

Get care ASAP: This could be a wound infection, which might be serious and should be diagnosed and treated ASAP. Maybe just a collection of serum or blood, but you shouldn't take the chance. Call the office of the surgeon who did the fusion; even night or weekend, probably someone is on call. But if not or you can't get through, visit an urgent care clinic or ER at the hospital where the surgery was done. ...Read more

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How long for a spinal fusion will heal?

How long for a spinal fusion will heal?

Healing Time: The process involved in a spinal fusion involves the growth of bone across a disc space and is influenced by your metabolism, type of bone graft, distance between the bones, and strength of the internal metal bracing. With current techniques, early fusion can occur by 3 months but may take up to 6 months. ...Read more

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Will you tell me about spinal fusion recovery experiences?

Will you tell me about spinal fusion recovery experiences?

Variable: Fusion recovery experiences are variable, dependent upon the individual patient, each surgeon, type of spinal fusion (open vs. Minimal invasive), prior pain/pathology, and history of pre-operative pain medication usage. Best advice is to speak with your surgeon for expectations after the surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if my spinal fusion has failed?

Fusion failure: There are a number of ways a spinal fusion may fail. If the hardware breaks and the vertebrae can move - this can be detected by a special Xray called a flexion-extension Xray, failure of bony fusion is best detected with a CAT scan to look for bone formation. Sometimes pain persists, but all studies show bone has formed and hardware is in good position, in which case the fusion has not failed. ...Read more

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Should I get the hardware out of my back after spinal fusion?

Probably not: Spinal instrumentation for fusion serves the purpose of immobilizing the spine while bone is healing. It acts like an internal cast. Once the bone heals it is no longer necessary, but requires a surgery to remove. Except in unusual circumstances, I do not recommend routine removal of the instrumentation. ...Read more

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What are the options if a spinal fusion doesn't take and worse symtoms appear?

Several: Depends on why it did not take, what the symptoms are, and what viable options are available. First, do you have any underlying metabolic issues, are you a smoker and was this not your first surgery as they all have a negative impact on healing. Sometimes, there are other options to control symptoms other than another fusion surgery. Discuss with your surgeon or get a second opinion. ...Read more

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What spinal fusion surgery?

What spinal fusion surgery?

Joining bone togethe: A spinal fusion is a procedure used to join two spinal motion units together. It is designed to stop all motion of the motion segment. It may be performed with or without the usages of screws and rods. It is performed for spinal instability. It is like welding 2 pieces of metal together. ...Read more

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How harmful is a spinal fusion surgery?

Depends if it: Is necessary. If you are having motor weakness or instability of the spine, then it is beneficial. If you are not, then follow up on other options as these surgeries, when not indicated, more often then not trade pain at one level for pain at the next level from the fusion. These surgeries can lead to pain if not needed, so make sure it is absolute necessary before moving ahead. ...Read more

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How serious is cervical spinal fusion.?

How serious is cervical spinal fusion.?

A common procedure: Cervical spinal fusion for a herniated cervical disc is a common procedure done by neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. There are certainly risks to the surgery, but in the proper hands the outcomes are excellent. You also need to evaluate the situation and ensure that the symptoms can be treated effectively with the fusion. ...Read more

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After spinal fusion, can I start running?

Back fusion: Yes, but only after your physician tells you it is ok to return to running and instructs you on what and what you cannot do. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more