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How long does the anterior posterior spinal fusion take?

How long does the anterior posterior spinal fusion take?

4hours: Varies quite a bit on surgeon and team experience how many levels use vascular surgeon for anterior exposurewill speed things up alot. ...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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Is there any pain involved in an anterior posterior spinal fusion?

Yes: In any major spinal operation, pain is expected during the initial week or two after the surgery. There is no difference in having pain with an anterior/posterior (360 degree) fusion. The major difference is that there are two major incisions on the body, so there could be abdominal discomfort in addition to requiring medications for pain. ...Read more

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What is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

What is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

A type of spine: Surgery where implants which are usually several screws that attach to the bones of the spine and are then interconnected over one or more levels with usually a pair of metal rods -this is the instrumentation. A fusion is a healing together of two or more spine bones or vertebra with the use of bone material or synthetic substitutes. ...Read more

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My daughter is scheduled to have posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation in february to correct a 55 degree. What can I expect?

Scoliosis: Pain and discomfort after surgery. About 4 days +/- 1-2 days in hospital. Possible brace. Therapy. Feeling much better at 2 weeks. No bending/lifting/turning for a period determined by your surgeon. Straighter spine and hopefully a happier daughter. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a t2-l1 posterior spinal fusion 5 years ago. I having been experiencing pain in my cervical and lumbar spine. Is this due to degeneration?

I had a t2-l1 posterior spinal fusion 5 years ago. I having been experiencing pain in my cervical and lumbar spine. Is this due to degeneration?

Possibly: At your age, the reason why you had the spinal fusion is important as degenerative disease is uncommon without underlying trauma or other arthropathy. Pain in the lumbar region that is due to muscle spasm can transmit/radiate to neck and neck pain can transmit/radiate to the lower back. Need to discuss the discomfort with your physician. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a spinal fusion to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a spinal fusion to heal?

Helping fusion: There are several stages: initially, just getting over the surgery, then the initial muscle healing which can take 4-6 weeks, exercise and therapy to rebuild the muscles, over three to six months. It takes a year, or longer, for the fusion to mature. ...Read more

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I had major back surgery on january 6 the replace three disc and spinal fusion I'm doing pt how long will it take for me to get my energy back?

I had major back surgery on january 6 the replace three disc and spinal fusion I'm doing pt how long will it take for me to get my energy back?

Back surgery: This answer depends on many factors. Your doctor is the one that knows your exact situation and can answer your questions. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to recover from spinal fusion surgery?

How extensive?: Full bone healing can take up to a year, depending on the technique and materials used. Recovery from surgery can be in a few months for smaller, less extensive operations. However, long segment fusions can take much longer to recover from. ...Read more

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How long does it generally take to recover from spinal fusion surgery?

Weeks to months: Recovery from a spinal fusion can be considered in two phases. The first would be a recovery from the pain of the procedure, which varies based upon the surgical approach used, the number of levels fused, and the associated pathologies treated. This takes about 2 to 4 weeks. The second phase, which is the actual bone healing, takes about a minimum of 5 months to occur clinically. ...Read more

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I have read that after a spinal fusion the levels above & below have xtra damage. How long does it typically take & is it worth it? Hope no more surge

Adjacent level: It is not uncommon for levels adjacent to a fusion to demonstrate accelerated degeneration and need future surgery. This happens in 10-20% of cases within 10 years, although there is evidence it is less with minimally invasive surgeries. ...Read more

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I had spinal fusion on lower back on 2/18/2013. I have numbness in left leg from the knee down, how long will it take for this to heal.?

I had spinal fusion on lower back on 2/18/2013. I have numbness in left leg from the knee down, how long will it take for this to heal.?

Still early. ..: Once the post-surgical inflammation resolves, usually within a few months, the symptoms should improve. If other symptoms have improved and the numbness is tolerable, recommend waiting at least a year until the fusion has solidified. Discussing this first with the spine surgeon is the best thing since he or she knows the anatomy better than one can guess here. ...Read more

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I had anterior/posterior fusion l5-s1 in 2001. Spinal stenosis and ddd herniated disk l3/4 in 2009. Is it possible to now be developing arachnoiditis?

I had anterior/posterior fusion l5-s1 in 2001. Spinal stenosis and ddd herniated disk l3/4 in 2009. Is it possible to now be developing arachnoiditis?

Quite possible: It's definitely possible. An epidural steroid injection or spinal cord stimulator may help tremendously. But first, one would have to be properly evaluated by a spine specialist (pm;r, orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon) and diagnosed with that. ...Read more

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How long does recovery last for a spinal fusion?

How long does recovery last for a spinal fusion?

Varies: This varies as to the diagnosis, your age, the extent and location of your surgery, what type of procedure that was done, whether you smoke and jf this is not your first back surgery. However, on average, for a one level low back surgery, most fusions heal within 6 months. ...Read more

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For how long is it normal to be in pain after spinal fusion surgery?

Varies greatly: Healing can take up to six months, and sometimes people will continue to have pain. Acute, post surgical pain should subside by three to six weeks, but many have lasting nerve pain afterwards. The important thing to remember is that the surgery was to prevent functional loss. Treating the pain is the next step to get back normalcy. Best of luck! ...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 after a spinal fusion should you have sex?

How long after a spinal fusion should you have sex?

When you feel ready.: There is no specific amount of time to wait before engaging in sex after a spinal fusion. I advise my patients to wait until they feel comfortable doing so. ...Read more

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Can I take 2 xanax morning of spinal fusion surgery?

Can I take 2 xanax morning of spinal fusion surgery?

Instructions?: Follow the pre-surgical instructions from the surgeons/anesthesiologists. ...Read more

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What. Does a spinal fusion mean do they take the disc orthe verabre I was told I need one then I fractured my verabre and now they won't do it i?

What. Does a spinal fusion mean do they take the disc orthe verabre I was told I need one then I fractured my verabre and now they won't do it i?

Fusion: There are many ways to perform ac usion they all jhve the same goal which is to join two vertebrae to form one block of bone this grosly involves removing cartilage tidssue and adding bon material to bridge space left by cartilage removal removing gaps and keeping stillso solid bone can form keeping still is accomplished with bed rest or cast brace historically nowadays we buiild an internal frame. ...Read more

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I am really fed up with this back pain has been going long time the new flare up since dec2012 suppose to have spinal fusion on l5s fractuedl5 help me?

Instability: Prolotherapy of the way to go to get rid of the back pain. Visit www. Proloshot. Com or www. Getporlo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org for a prolotherapy doctor to help you. ...Read more

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How long for a spinal fusion will heal?

How long for a spinal fusion will heal?

Healing Time: The process involved in a spinal fusion involves the growth of bone across a disc space and is influenced by your metabolism, type of bone graft, distance between the bones, and strength of the internal metal bracing. With current techniques, early fusion can occur by 3 months but may take up to 6 months. ...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