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I have a had a cervical spinal fusion at c5-c6 now the disc above it is protruding & there is bone spurs going to the plate will i need surgery again?

I have a had a cervical spinal fusion at c5-c6 now the disc above it is protruding & there is bone spurs going to the plate will i need surgery again?

Possibly: If you are having new pain and symptoms, the adjacent level of your previous fusion may require surgery if you fail appropriate conservative care. ...Read more

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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 am getting surgery on my neck called an anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion?

I am getting surgery on my neck called an anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion?

Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health.Com. ...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 to do if I have spinal fusion surgery?

What to do if I have spinal fusion surgery?

Go slow: Avoid lifting over 10 lbs, or excessive bending or twisting. Where was the location of the operation? lumbar or cervical spine? (lower back or neck?) walking is usually good. Ask your surgeon to be sure. Would continue to use a brace. ...Read more

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What would the pros and cons of spinal fusion surgery be?

What would the pros and cons of spinal fusion surgery be?

More pro than cons: the surgery is indicated to save a nerve that has been pressure by a herniated disc,otherwise the patient will end up with permanent nerve damage.not for pain. the pros for fusion is to stabilize the level above and below the herniated disc level,to prevent recurrence or other level collapsing,preferably with a bone graft. the cons may be limit of motion depending how many level has to be fused. ...Read more

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Could a spinal fusion surgery stunt your growth?

Could a spinal fusion surgery stunt your growth?

Perhaps: It depends on the age of the person having the fusion (the younger you are, the more growth that may be lost), the number of bones involved (the more fused, the more potential loss). On the other hand, correcting some deformities can modestly increase height. For some young children, some pediatric deformity surgeons will use "growing rods, " delaying fusion as long as possible. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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What's xlif spinal fusion surgery and is it safe?

What's xlif spinal fusion surgery and is it safe?

Minimally invasive: Xlif (extreme lateral interbody fusion) is a technique to fuse one or more segments of the lumbar spine. It is done from the side to access the disc and remove it and place a fusion graft. All surgeries have their risks, however when done in experienced hands this can be an excellent procedure with less blood loss, less hospital stay, and quicker returns to daily life. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of spinal fusion surgery?

Degeneration: One of the most common issues young patients that have spinal fusion is the development of "adjacent level degeneration" which is the breakdown of the segment above your spine that was fused leading to more back pain or nerve issues. This occurs at around 3%/year so in 30 years you wound have an average of 90% chance of having another problem. You should discuss with your spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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How long is rehab after spinal fusion? How long after my spinal fusion surgery can I expect to be in rehab? .

It varies.: Because every individual recovers at a different rate, it is difficult to give an exact length of rehabilitation time. Generally speaking, most patients can expect a couple of weeks for rehabilitation after a single level spinal fusion surgery. ...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

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


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more