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Does a bone become stronger 3 months after spinal fusion?

Does a bone become stronger 3 months after spinal fusion?

Yes & no: There are different types of fusion. Two or more bones are linked together by bone or bone substitute and ofter metal (plates, rods, screws, hooks, wires). The combination is often quite strong. After 3 months, it is generally stable and strong, parts of the bone (the inner part) may be less dense (less strong), but it does not matter since the whole is strong enough to support what it needs to. ...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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Is it normal not to see bone growth one month after a spinal fusion?

Is it normal not to see bone growth one month after a spinal fusion?

Bone fusion: Yes. Bone fusion can take up to a year and a fusion occurs more slowly in post menopausal women, people who smoke, patients who take Ibuprofen or anti-inflammatory medications and people with diabetes. ...Read more

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When is spinal fusion needed for bone overgrowth?

When is spinal fusion needed for bone overgrowth?

Rarely: Spine fusion is reserved for when symptoms arise from spinal instability. Examples include unstable fracture, severe scoliosis, or symptomatic vertebral slip resulting in a pinched nerve. A symptomatic bone spur can almost always be removed without fusion. Like any surgery, fusion should be considered only when there is a clear benefit to offset inherent risks. ...Read more

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Does pain 3 months after a spinal fusion signify bone growth? This time is more painful than last, but lat time no growth. Friends say growing pains.

Does pain 3 months after a spinal fusion signify bone growth? This time is more painful than last, but lat time no growth. Friends say growing pains.

Check your pain Doc.: Your question is not easy to obtain the answer without knowing your condition in detail. if your pain is getting worse, you should go back to your pain doctor, may not surgeon only. ...Read more

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I am having a spinal fusion. This will be my second one. L5 s1. I don't wqnt to use my own bone. What are my options?

I am having a spinal fusion. This will be my second one. L5 s1. I don't wqnt to use my own bone. What are my options?

Spinal fusion: You also have the option of using cadaveric bone though some surgeons do not like to use this source, having said that it is coming used. ...Read more

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S1-l4 spinal fusion with instrumentation. Aside from pain, can I cause damage to the healing bone or anything, from bending, twisting, slipping? 11 wk

S1-l4 spinal fusion with instrumentation. Aside from pain, can I cause damage to the healing bone or anything, from bending, twisting, slipping? 11 wk

Spinal fusion: Healing bone after a spinal fusion takes approximately 100 days. Smoking, diabetes, poor nutrition, osteoporosis, and not wearing a back brace can slow healing. It is uncommon to break screws. Adjacent wear or injury of the sacroiliac joints or the lumbar 3/4 level is more likely than causing damage to the fusion itself. ...Read more

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Is permanent nerve damage possible after a bone fragment and hematoma was removed after spinal fusion?

Is permanent nerve damage possible after a bone fragment and hematoma was removed after spinal fusion?

Yes: Any type of material : disc, blood, bone, fat, pus, tumor etc. that compresses a nerve root / roots or the spinal cord can leave a range of symptoms or findings from pain, sensory changes, weakness or paralysis, bowel/bladder dysfunction, balance issues as examples. ...Read more

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Spinal fusion 9 weeks ago, RA 13yrs, on mtx, plaquinil & arava, (leflunomide) still not under control. Would biologics interefere with bone growth? Have bone stimulat

Spinal fusion 9 weeks ago, RA 13yrs, on mtx, plaquinil & arava, (leflunomide) still not under control. Would biologics interefere with bone growth? Have bone stimulat

Perhaps: Several medications used to treat RA can interfere with bone growth. You should talk to both your rheumatologist and to your surgeon about what you are taking and whether it should be stopped or changed while your bones are fusing. ...Read more

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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?

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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How long after a spinal fusion is bone growth apparent on x-rays or ct scans? My previous fusion had no bone growth so I want to request extra testing

How long after a spinal fusion is bone growth apparent on x-rays or ct scans? My previous fusion had no bone growth so I want to request extra testing

6-8 weeks: Bony fusion grows like a fracture heals. It generally takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks to see good Xray evidence of fusion. In my practice I will get X-rays at the 6 week point, and usually at the 3 month time point. But other surgeons may have different schedules. It can be helpful to use an external bone growth stimulator, No doubt NOT SMOKING is crucial, and avoiding NSAIDs can help you heal!! ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...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