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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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I had major back surgery on 6 february when should I expect to get my energy and stuff back i had three distri placed an spinal fusion?

I had major back surgery on 6 february when should I expect to get my energy and stuff back i had three distri placed an spinal fusion?

Allow time: For bone fusion, surgical wound to heal. Muscles will atrophy during inactivity so star a strengthening program, progressing slowly. Physical therapy will guide you for specifics, ggod luck. ...Read more

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I had major back surgery on january 6 the replace three disc and spinal fusion i'm doing pt how long will it take for me to get my energy back?

Back surgery: This answer depends on many factors. Your doctor is the one that knows your exact situation and can answer your questions. ...Read more

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Should i feel movement after fixing a screw from previous back spinal fusion surgery?

Should i feel movement after fixing a screw from previous back spinal fusion surgery?

First, it is : Unlikely that even if a screw was not properly placed would you feel any movement of it. If the screw was placed about nerve tissue then you could experience pain and/or neurologic symptoms related to that nerve tissue. If the fusion did not heal then you may also experience a sensation of pain with motion of the back. ...Read more

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I just had a lumbar spinal fusion 1mo ago, its my second back surgery. I'm feeling a weird air bubble slight popping in my spine (lumbar) what is it!?

I just had a lumbar spinal fusion 1mo ago, its my second back surgery. I'm feeling a weird air bubble slight popping in my spine (lumbar) what is it!?

Discuss this with: Your surgeon. There are various sensations that could be normal, and part of the healing process. But you should bring up your symptoms up to your surgeon for evaluation. So that the cause (if anything) could be identified, and if not a big deal, your surgeon will then let you know. ...Read more

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I am 7 weeks pregnant but had spinal fusion back surgery in march. My back still isn't healed, will this make my pregnancy high risk ?

No but you may have : Some increased back pain through the pregnancy that can be treated with physical therapy and the use of a pregnancy harness or back support. Talk to your spine surgeon as to the availability of having an epidural during childbirth based on the type and extent of the surgery that was done. ...Read more

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Hello im 27 male just had spinal fusion surgery and im experiencing increased PAIN IN MY BACK IM 2 MONTHS POST OP?

Hello im 27 male just had spinal fusion surgery and im experiencing increased PAIN IN MY BACK IM 2 MONTHS POST OP?

Be seen: A spinal fusion is a pretty large surgery and in some cases may take 3-6 months to fully recover from. I would just make sure that you are following your appropriate activity restrictions and make sure your surgeon is aware of your increased pain. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Activity after fused: Given that rods were removed, i must assume that the fusion is solid. Therefore, there are really no restrictions for you in a solidly fused lumbar spine. Core exercises like pilates/piyo/yoga are great (your flexibility will be limited, obviously). Aerobic exercises as tolerated and continue to progress as tolerated. ...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


Back Surgery (Definition)

Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 ...Read more