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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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

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