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Hi, My left arm is numb at night, and I am woken at least 10-12 times to change position. It goes numb regardless of which side I sleep on. Pain free for an hour or two if on my back (old spinal fusion does not allow longer)?

Hi, My left arm is numb at night, and I am woken at least 10-12 times to change position. It goes numb regardless of which side I sleep on. Pain free for an hour or two if on my back (old spinal fusion does not allow longer)?

Nerve impingement?: A couple possibilities might be nerve impingement, or even vascular compromise, somewhere along the course from the neck to the hand. With a history of spinal fusion I might favor that it could be related to nerve impingement in the area of the nerve roots leaving the neck. (though I don't have enough info). Doctors such as neurologist's or Orthopedic surgeon's may help to shed more light. ...Read more

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

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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How should I know if the spinal fusion in my back has failed?

If you had a spinal: Fusion for pain and the pain persists, that may be an indication. If you are a smoker, there is a good chance that fusion may not have occurred. A ct scan done after 12 months postop (it can take a year for a fusion to heal) done with 2 mm axial cuts and then reconstructed in sagittal & coronal planes is the best way to image a fusion but no one study gives 100% proof of a fusion. ...Read more

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Will spinal fusion eliminate back pain?

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Will spinal fusion eliminate back pain?

Unlikely: Spine surgery has predictably good outcomes for neurological symptoms (pinched nerves) and symptomatic spinal instability (i.e. Severe fracture/dislocation, severe deformity, tumor, etc.). Spine surgery for neck/back pain without a neurological component is controversial, as outcomes are unpredictable. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a spinal fusion on your lower back?

What are the risks of having a spinal fusion on your lower back?

Depends: There are potentially serious risks because it is a major surgery. You have to assess the benefits of having the fusion versus the risks as described by your spine surgeon. There are many skilled surgeons these days who have a very high success and low risk rates. Get several opinions. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to crack your back if you've had a spinal fusion?

Probably: I do not recommend cracking your back, or having manipulative treatments, particularly after a spinal fusion. A fusion permanently stiffens the segment (s) where there was pain generating pathology. There is always the possibility of a breakdown in the integrity of the adjacent spinal segments, and such techniques would cause more stress at these areas of future risk. ...Read more

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How is life like after having a lumbar spinal fusion surgery?

How is life like after having a lumbar spinal fusion surgery?

Assuming that you: Are fused ; rehabilitated just avoid activities that involve combined repetitive flexion ; rotation ie. Racquet sports ; golf. Heavy contact sports are not advisable like rugby or tackle football. If asking in post op period, this is dependent on type and extent of fusion as well as your health/ conditioning including your diagnosis----your surgeon will guide you. Otherwise your life should be ok. ...Read more

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I had a spinal fusion 1997, which left me w/a burning pain in my left abdomem & back?

Possible: A twig of nerve can be entrapped/ damaged during the procedure, scar tissue contraction can do it latter. See pain specialist for a nerve block. ...Read more

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Why am I still in pain everyday after my lumbar-sacral spinal fusion surgery?

How long ago?: This depends on how long it has been since the fusion surgery. Normal postoperative pain may last for weeks or months. Continued, severe pain many months or years after fusion surgery may indicate several possible problems, such as failure of the bones to fuse, recurrent nerve compression or a new problem at another level of the spine. This should be evaluated with x-rays, a ct scan or an mri. ...Read more

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Would spinal fusion for spondilolisthesis help numbness and pain in legs and back and herinated discs?

Would spinal fusion for spondilolisthesis help numbness and pain in legs and back and herinated discs?

90% success rate in: A non smoker in terms of symptom relief. This is assuming you have failed a rigorous course of non op care including: medication, physical therapy, possibly bracing and even pain management in terms of spinal injections. ...Read more

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How straight could my back be after spinal fusion?

How straight could my back be after spinal fusion?

Depends: The outcome of a spinal fusion can be related to the re-alignment of the spine in what we consider sagittal and coronal planes. Spinal deformity surgery aims to maintain balance while correcting curvature and rotation to more "normal" parameters. Perfectly straight back alignment may not be as good as a well-balanced reconstruction. Speak with your surgeon about what to expect. ...Read more

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I had a spinal fusion a few years ago. Do I ever need to go back and have the screws checked? Or do they stay in place forever?

Yes: You should contact your surgeon and find out when he/she would like to see you. It is important to have follow-up to assess the fusion and make sure the screws/rods are intact. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to proper squat form back after having a spinal fusion, my form has suffered since I was released to lift again and I was curious?

Check with doctor: Sounds iffy at best to me. How much weight are you intending on squatting after spinal fusion? Usually procedures like that are career ending for lifters who do crazy heavy weights. If you're not into THAT kind of lifting then, find out from your doctor. At the very least you need to always be wearing a belt. Good luck. ...Read more

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Spinal fusion for levoscoliosis as a child now pain 20years later. Is it coming back?

Arthritis: Often fusion surgery for scoliosis is quite extensive. Pain 20 years later is probably related to arthritic changes to the discs or joints in the back. These degenerative changes typically occur above and below the fusion. ...Read more

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Spinal fusion back surgery recovery time?

Spinal fusion back surgery recovery time?

4 months: Usually 4 months. Check out Spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Had spinal fusion 3 months ago. When does the back pain stop?

Had spinal fusion 3 months ago. When does the back pain stop?

No surgery is great: For back pain. Except in very few pre-operative diagnosis/cases, surgery 4 back pain is not predictable. There are lots of reasons why one can have back pain. Only a few of the causes relate to the motion segments of the lumbar spine. Some relate to gi, gu, vascular causes to name a few. So having back pain & degenerative changes in your back doesn't imply back pain is from those imaging findings. ...Read more

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I have serious back pain a year after spinal fusion. Is this normal?

I have serious back pain a year after spinal fusion. Is this normal?

Failed back: Many people will continue to experience back pain after the surgery. It's called failed back syndrome.

You should seek help from a pain management doctor. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can try to keep my back from grinding until my spinal fusion? Also what about cramps?

WearBack Support: I am sure your back surgeon and physical therapist have given you guidance. Please follow those. Do not ride in the car for long distance, avoid high impact exercise like running/biking. Try stationary bike/elliptical instead. Sitting for long times also hurts. Gentle stretching helps. ...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?

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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I had a spinal fusion last april my question is it ok for me to go on a trampoline? During my post exam 4/24 dr said my back healed very well

Trampolines: In general for anyone are a bad idea. They are right up there with atv's, jetskis, wheelie shoes, razor scooters, and pole vaulting. Many a trauma I have seen from those devices and avoiding at trampoline with a spine fusion really should just be cut and dry. Bad idea! ...Read more

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I had a spinal fusion and decompression on December 7 2016 and I am going back to work April 4, is This too soon I feel pretty good sometime and somet?

I had a spinal fusion and decompression on December 7 2016 and I am going back to work April 4, is This too soon I feel pretty good sometime and somet?

Precautions: If you have heavy physical responsibilities, a work hardening program is suggested, but if you do office work, likely you could return with periodic breaks. ...Read more

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Need medical advice for severe back pain from spinal fusion?

Tough situation: I am sorry you have this pain. There are many options from chronic medication management to spinal cord stimulators. If possible, avoid further surgery. See an experienced pain interventionalist who can give injections around the hardware and this may help with some of the pain and they also may be able to do the stimulator trials. I hope this helps and best of luck. ...Read more

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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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Can neurosurgeons perform spinal fusion surgery (arthrodesis) on lower back areas?

Sure: Depends on training look for a team or a fellowship trained spinal surgeon neuro or ortho1 year of additional spine training. ...Read more

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Core strengthening exercises to do after low back spinal fusion?

Core strengthening exercises to do after low back spinal fusion?

Core exercises: Neutral spine core stability exercises of mcgill can be done almost immediately even while in a brace, these include planks and "bird dog" as well as abdominal pull ins. The key here is to maintain a neutral spine. Videos are on youtube and may be adapted. Definitely coordinate this with your surgeon and physical therapist. ...Read more

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Is the medtronic cage a useful device to help people with back pain who need a spinal fusion?

It is not the device: That is necessarily useful. It is making sure the right person is having the correct surgery for the appropriate indications by the "right" surgeon. There are lots of good devices on the market for spinal fusion surgery. The type of device is the least important factor in this scenario. ...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