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Fusion (Overview)

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 fusions are done surgically.


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What can I expect from tarsametatarsal fusion?

What can I expect from tarsametatarsal fusion?

This: Procedure is usually done to relieve pain and or/instability. You will hopefully experience both benefits!
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Fusion (Overview)

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 fusions are done surgically.


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1, 2&3 tarsal fusion with hardware?

1, 2&3 tarsal fusion with hardware?

Middle of your foot: This is most likely a fusion of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd metatarsal or long bone in your foot to the cuineoform bones which are in the tarsal area of your foot. The bones are held together with hardware, plates, screws, staples any of these can be used to allow the bones to heal together. Usually the hardware does not need to be removed. ...Read more

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How long does back fusion take to heal?

3-6 month: It depend on your case and the type of fusion and the under line cause for the fusion. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to vertebra fusion?

Are there any alternatives to vertebra fusion?

Depends on the prob: Depends on the problem. You generally want to save surgery as the last treatment. Then, if you have a pure disc problem, a disc replacement may be a good alternative to fusion. If you only have a nerve compression problem, a decompressive procedure may be best. Fusion is best for instability and arthritic pain. ...Read more

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How could the spine bend after it's had fusions?

How could the spine bend after it's had fusions?

It doesn't: The goal of fusion is to get the bone of 2 adjacent vertebrae to grow together and thus stop the motion at that segment. The segments above and below will take up some of the motion and you will be stiffer. The reality, though, is that the majority of your bending motion comes from the hips rather than the spine and most patients don't notice a big difference after a 1 to 3 level fusion. ...Read more

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Fusion of the spine, what are other alternatives?

Fusion of the spine, what are other alternatives?

If there is: Instability or if you are developing extremity motor deficits, not much for alternatives. However, if you have no instability and no weakness, then there are many. From physical therapy to acupuncture to epidurals and medication, there are many different routes to take. Discuss with an experienced pain physician about what options are appropriate for you and avoid surgery. ...Read more

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Neck fusion pain. What kind of exercise can I do?

Neck fusion pain. What kind of exercise can I do?

Depends on surgery: Talk to you doctor and your pt team. If he or they are not available just do some simple stretching, heat and massage. Not knowing exactly what type of fusion was performed. You maybe real restrictions! Good luck. See my other post on muscles, myofascial release therapy and acupuncture. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of botched spinal fusions?

What are the main causes of botched spinal fusions?

Usually the wrong: Patient being operated on for the wrong diagnosis by the wrong surgeon. Fusion surgery has very select criteria and best outcomes also with non smokers, non diabetics, not obese patients and with no bone density loss in good medical condition with reasonable expectations. Even the type of fusion may affect outcome. ...Read more

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Fusion of the spine -- other alternatives, what to do?

Fusion of the spine -- other alternatives, what to do?

Spine fusion care: The most important thing you can do is keep active and maintain core body strength. A good physical therapist can be helpful in providing you with exercises. If you are getting lots of hot packs, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation in PT, you need to find another PT. Look for someone with MDT certification - www. Mckenziemdt. Org may help you find a PT with this certification in your area. ...Read more

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How long does it take to do a wriist fusion surgery?

How long does it take to do a wriist fusion surgery?

Varies: There are a many different types of wrist fusion surgeries as the forearm wrist and hand have many bones that could be fused. In my experience, both in private and academic practice, wrist fusions typically take from about 90 minutes up to four hours in most cases. This is the surgical time. There will be additional time to provide and emerge from anesthesia as well as initial recovery afterward. ...Read more

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How can your back get better since when you have back fusion?

How can your back get better since when you have back fusion?

Fusion: Fusion for the back can be helpful in certain situations. A thorough evaluation, including review of treatments attempted and formal imaging studies including x-ray and MRI or ct scans are needed. Fusion is typically offered in the setting of slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis) or deformity such as scoliosis. Fusion is also indicated in certain fractures or tumors. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: interbody fusion cage?

What is the definition or description of: interbody fusion cage?

See below: An interbody fusion cage (colloquially known as a "spine cage") is a prosthesis used in spinal fusion procedures to maintain foraminal height and decompression. They are cylindrical or square-shaped devices, and usually threaded. The cages can be packed with autologous bone material in order to promote arthrodesis. ...Read more

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How safe is the new surgery for si fusion? The one with 3titanion rods

How safe is the new surgery for si fusion? The one with 3titanion rods

Not recommended: The si joint is supposed to move and will cause other problems if fused. See a prolotherapy trained physician to assist you with the stability you need to cope with your pain and spasms. Healing is possible without surgery. ...Read more

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How do microspinoscopies compare with fusions and conventional laminectomies?

How do microspinoscopies compare with fusions and conventional laminectomies?

Surgeon: Very complicated to answer. Depends on the reason for surgery. Please ask your surgeon for his explanation, and then request a second opinion if not comfortable with the answer. ...Read more

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How long does fusion take to heal I had it on c4-6 and wearing a fusion stimulater?

How long does fusion take to heal I had it on c4-6 and wearing a fusion stimulater?

3-4 months: The typical healing time for a cervical fusion is 3-4 months. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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I had back fusion 7weeks ago and still in pain is this normal. Still can't sit upright for long either. Thanks?

I had back fusion 7weeks ago and still in pain is this normal. Still can't sit upright for long either. Thanks?

Back pain: Back related diseases can be very delicate do deal with. Particular back surgeries do not necessarily resolve any back pain issues completely. There could be even more of a problem with any surgeries performed. For example the lumbar area of the back contains a highway of nerves. Any minute mishandling of these nerves in any way can produce different degrees of pain. ...Read more

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Have had 3 options of my lower back all 3 say fusion then tried to help someone off the floor and frautured my l5verabre now the dr won't do fusion?

Have had 3 options of my lower back all 3 say fusion then tried to help someone off the floor and frautured my l5verabre now the dr won't do fusion?

Why no fusion?: If you broke your back (fractured? Vertebrae), you have osteoporosis/weakening of your bones, that would make a surgery to fuse them together very risky because you would not heal well and the surgery would fail.
To correct: stop smoking. Begin a new diet after reading "eat to live" &/or "eat right, live longer". Also try drmcdougall. Com; star mcdougallers at top of first page. ...Read more