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How much pain should I expect to be in after getting spinal fusion surgery?

How much pain should I expect to be in after getting spinal fusion surgery?

Varies: Varies on the type of fusion & approach, number of levels, whether you are a smoker, your overall fitness & condition as well as health & you age. The size of your surgical incision plays a role especially if minimally invasive or not & the underlying reason for your surgery in the first place as to it's success rate in relieving pain if that was one of the reasons for the surgery to begin with. ...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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I had spinal fusion surgery in 09'. Would it be a good idea to get my hardware out because of pain? I am now only 22 and don't want to live like this.

Probably not: Depends on the scenario, but hardware removal often does nothing to improve the back pain. In other words, persistent pain is often not due to the hardware itself, but instead due to problems at another level(s) in the spine, or possibly failure of fusion. You should see a spine surgeon for further evaluation (i.e. x-rays, CT vs MRI) to nail down a diagnosis for your ongoing pain. ...Read more

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I had major back surgery on 6 february when should I expect to get my energy and stuff back i had three distri placed an spinal fusion?

I had major back surgery on 6 february when should I expect to get my energy and stuff back i had three distri placed an spinal fusion?

Allow time: For bone fusion, surgical wound to heal. Muscles will atrophy during inactivity so star a strengthening program, progressing slowly. Physical therapy will guide you for specifics, ggod luck. ...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 much can I expect to be suffering from the pain after getting spinal fusion surgery?

Spine fusion : Surgery is painful whether open or minimally invasive. I tell my patients expect the pain they came to have surgery for whether back or legs to be improved, but that they will have new surgical back pain that is roughest in first few days. Pain meds are key and by 6 weeks to 6 months with physical therapy things should be better and back to normal. ...Read more

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I am getting spinal fusion surgery, what can I expect the days after the surgery?

I am getting spinal fusion surgery, what can I expect the days after the surgery?

Surgery teaching: Common practice prior to any fusion surgery is to go through surgery teaching. This typically entails going through videos of what is going to happen during the procedure, discusses realistic expectations to result from the surgery, and what to expect after the surgery. ...Read more

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How much weight should you loose before spinal fusion surgery?

Best shape possible: It is important to be in the best pre-operative health possible to give yourself the best chance of getting a good result. This includes losing weight. It is sometimes difficult to exercise and diet when one has spine related pain. Talk to your surgeon to layout a plan to help get you to lose weight and get in the best shape possible. ...Read more

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I wish i would have been given more specific rcovery plans and expectations coming home from spinal fusion surgery 2 weeks ago. How much can I do?

I wish i would have been given more specific rcovery plans and expectations coming home from spinal fusion surgery 2 weeks ago. How much can I do?

This depends on: Several variables: age, health, weight & nutritional status, how in shape you are, smoking history, reason for surgery, fusion type with # of levels involved & approach, the experience of your surgeon, to name a few. If a smoker, 3-8x failure rate of non smoker & overweight higher risk of complications especially if diabetic. Need to discuss with surgeon! it can take up to 1 year to heal. ...Read more

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What concerns should I have about spinal fusion surgery? I'm very apprehensive about my upcoming spinal fusion surgery. What should I expect from this procedure and the recovery afterward?

What concerns should I have about spinal fusion surgery? I'm very apprehensive about my upcoming spinal fusion surgery. What should I expect from this procedure and the recovery afterward?

This depends on: Several variables: your age, your health, your weight status & nutritional status, how in shape you are, smoking history, reason for surgery, type of surgery with number of levels involved as well as approach, the experience of your surgeon, to name a few. If a smoker, 3-8x failure rate of non smoker & overweight higher risk of complications especially if diabetic. Need to discuss with surgeon! ...Read more

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How long is rehab after spinal fusion? How long after my spinal fusion surgery can I expect to be in rehab? .

It varies.: Because every individual recovers at a different rate, it is difficult to give an exact length of rehabilitation time. Generally speaking, most patients can expect a couple of weeks for rehabilitation after a single level spinal fusion surgery. ...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