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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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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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Could you tell me what happens before surgery (scoliosis/spinal fusion)?

Could you tell me what happens before surgery (scoliosis/spinal fusion)?

First, need to asses: Your medical status to optimize your outcome which will include a variety of medical tests. By not smoking 6 weeks before surgery you can significantly reduce complications if a smoker. Bathing with special soap preop can reduce risk of infection and being tested for staph with a nose culture. Eat well and avoid any blood thinning products. Be educated about post op course and surgery! ...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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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

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I had spinal fusion surgery in 09'. Would it be a good idea to get my hardware out because of pain? I am now only 22 and don't want to live like this.

Probably not: Depends on the scenario, but hardware removal often does nothing to improve the back pain. In other words, persistent pain is often not due to the hardware itself, but instead due to problems at another level(s) in the spine, or possibly failure of fusion. You should see a spine surgeon for further evaluation (i.e. x-rays, CT vs MRI) to nail down a diagnosis for your ongoing pain. ...Read more

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Spinal fusion 6/19, need to be off pred by then. Been on 10-20mg for a yr. & 2 dmards. Is 10, 7.5, 5 and then off too fast? Can I have prob in surgery

Spinal fusion 6/19, need to be off pred by then. Been on 10-20mg for a yr. & 2 dmards. Is 10, 7.5, 5 and then off too fast? Can I have prob in surgery

Adrenal suppression: Being on steroids for a year will suppression your adrenals, meaning they are not tuned up and capable of responding to stress. Your concern is important and having a pre-operative visit with your regular doc to discuss this issue will be important. Okay to discuss with your spine surgeon as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a symptomatic psuedomeningocele (11x8cm), 9 months post op;spinal fusion.Im not functional, it has shrunk slightly. Surgery to extract? Or wait

Pseudomeningocele: If you are nine months out from surgery and still symptomatic and not back to a normal functional status i would seriously consider a surgery to correct the defect. ...Read more

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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