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Can i run after cervical spine fusion?

Can i run after cervical spine fusion?

Yes you can: When you can start running will be when your surgeon clears you to start. Typically about 6 weeks is all it takes to get back to your usual activities. But this can be longer if you have a multilevel fusion. Ask your spine 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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Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Activity after fused: Given that rods were removed, i must assume that the fusion is solid. Therefore, there are really no restrictions for you in a solidly fused lumbar spine. Core exercises like pilates/piyo/yoga are great (your flexibility will be limited, obviously). Aerobic exercises as tolerated and continue to progress as tolerated. ...Read more

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Is reherniation after lumbar laminectomy with discectomy possible?

Is reherniation after lumbar laminectomy with discectomy possible?

No: If there was a complete diskectomy, there is nothing left to herniated, but if the surgeon just shaved the disk, then re-herniation can occur. ...Read more

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How risky is a pregnancy years after scoliosis spinal fusion surgery?

How risky is a pregnancy years after scoliosis spinal fusion surgery?

It's not!: I am not aware of any significant contraindications to pregnancy or elevated risks due to a spinal fusion surgery. ...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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Are headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion significant or common?

Are headaches after undergoing a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion significant or common?

They can be: Headaches are tricky, sometimes they are primarily caused by cervical spine problems, often times they are exacerbated by them, but it is difficult to predict whether surgery will ever help them, except in the case of an obvious c34 disc and radiculopathy with occipital nerve type pain which is mechanical. ...Read more

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After spinal fusion, can I start running ?

After spinal fusion, can I start running ?

Back fusion: Yes, but only after your physician tells you it is ok to return to running and instructs you on what and what you cannot do. ...Read more

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Pregnancy after spinal fusion-i had spinal fusion surgery about a year ago; l4-s1; how does this affect pregnancy and delivery?

Spinal Fusion: If all is well with the fusion, there should be no problems. The pelvis opens for childbirth, not the spine. You may experience some increased back pain, but this is common with pregnancy to begin with. ...Read more

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Is a pregnancy okay years after scoliosis spinal fusion surgery?

Delivery after scoli: Depends on the levels of your fusion. Presumably you were treated in adolescence. Most adolescent fusions stop around t12 or l1. Lumbar curves may require fusion to L4 or l5. Neither would narrow the birth canal. The lower fusion may predispose to some back pain during pregnancy due to loss of lumbar flexibility and inability to compensate for that baby out front. ...Read more

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What is status post-lower cervical spine fusion and diskectomy?

A term meaning that: Someone had a spine surgery involving the neck most typically from anterior or front approach involving removal of cervical disc and filling the disc space with either bone or a cage & bone as well as possibly some spine instrumentation or hardware in the lower part of the neck or cervical spine. The disc spaces range from c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c5-6, c6-7 & c7-t1. The lower 3 would be one of them. ...Read more

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What is osseous bridging after cervical fusion ? Fused c3-c4

Bone between two dis: This means there is an osseous (a bone) connection between the two vertebrae you had surgery on. Since the two are connected, have bone growth into it and attached it is called a bone bridge ...Read more

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Anterior discectomy & fusion of cervical spine, what to do?

Anterior discectomy & fusion of cervical spine, what to do?

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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Whats the normal recovery period after cervical disk surgery?

Whats the normal recovery period after cervical disk surgery?

Depends: If a fusion was done, it can take 12 weeks for enough bone healing to allow full activity. If the ruptured portion was removed without fusion, there is usually enough healing after one month. Symptoms in both cases usually improve well before this. However, severe long standing symptoms may take longer. ...Read more

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I am having terrible headaches after a anterior cervical discectomy plus spinal fusion. Related?

Collar: If you are wearing a c collar after surgery, take it off. These often keep the neck in a very uncomfortable position that may cause spasms and headache. Narcotics may also result in muscle tension headaches: Percocet is bad about this. Wean pain meds or try different one (no nsaids as they block bony healing). Some gentle stretching may also help. Discuss with your surgeon if not better. ...Read more

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Hip pain after L5/S1 spinal fusion?

Hip pain after L5/S1 spinal fusion?

That's common: Often, your low back can cause hip pain, just like hip problems can cause knee pain. I would talk to your orhtopedic and see if he could recommend some strengthening and stretching exercises and also to ensure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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Can you return to running marathons after a single level thoracic spinal fusion?

Can you return to running marathons after a single level thoracic spinal fusion?

Ask your surgeon!: Thoracic spinal fusions are rare unless done for scoliosis ( one level- disc?).Marathon training is obviously stressful to weight - bearing joints including the discs( although the stress born by each lower extremity joint... Hip, knee, ankle , discs etc. Is controversial ). Do not know the condition of your other adjacent discs as they are most @ risk for wear... Ask your spine surgeon! gl! ...Read more

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Is a successful pregnancy likely after scoliosis fusion with pelvic fixation ?

Is a successful pregnancy likely after scoliosis fusion with pelvic fixation ?

Yes may increase the: Need 4 a c- section. As the pubic symphysis is spread there is also movement in the si joints, but in reality sacral fixation does not fixate the si joint. So looking back at my answer i was wrong, u should be able to deliver and not have an increased risk of c-section. My answer should b yes & don't worry. ...Read more

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What activities should I avoid after spinal fusion surgery?

Assuming that you : Are fully healed and rehabilitated you should try to avoid any activities that involve combined repetitive flexion and rotation like racquet sports and 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. ...Read more

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How is anterior cervical discectomy with allgraft and fusion on c-5 to t1?

Common surgery: Anterior cervical fusion is a common surgery. Check out soine-health.Com for videos and information on the procedure. Good luck. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more