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How is life like after having a lumbar spinal fusion surgery?

How is life like after having a lumbar spinal fusion surgery?

Assuming that you : Are fused ; rehabilitated just avoid activities that involve combined repetitive flexion ; rotation ie.Racquet sports ; 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. Otherwise your life should be ok. ...Read more

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 have had two lumbar spinal fusion surgeries and need another surgery due to narrowing of holes. What alternatives due i have?

I have had two lumbar spinal fusion surgeries  and need another surgery due to narrowing of holes. What alternatives due i have?

Second Opinion: Quite young to have had 2 elective spine surgeries -- both being fusions. Begs the question, what was the original problem(s). It is always a good thing to seek a second opinion to have a different set of eyes look over everything. Why do you "need another surgery." that is, what is your symptoms? Have you had appropriate non-surgical treatments; they could likely give you great relief. ...Read more

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Why am I still in pain everyday after my lumbar-sacral spinal fusion surgery?

Why am I still in pain everyday after my lumbar-sacral spinal fusion surgery?

How long ago?: This depends on how long it has been since the fusion surgery. Normal postoperative pain may last for weeks or months. Continued, severe pain many months or years after fusion surgery may indicate several possible problems, such as failure of the bones to fuse, recurrent nerve compression or a new problem at another level of the spine. This should be evaluated with x-rays, a ct scan or an mri. ...Read more

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I had a lumbar spinal fusion operation 4 years. What could be causing fluid drainage from the site of operation?

I had a lumbar spinal fusion operation 4 years. What could be causing fluid drainage from the site of operation?

CSF leak, Infection: If you are having drainage from your incision after surgery four years ago you need to see your surgeon asap to for work up and likely MRI and/or ct. This can be a serious condition like CSF or infection that can be life threatening if left untreated. ...Read more

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Made cookies w/cannabis butter and smelling the marijuana-did not eat cookies! Having lumbar spinal fusion tomorrow, will this be a problem for me?

Made cookies w/cannabis butter and smelling the marijuana-did not eat cookies!  Having lumbar spinal fusion tomorrow, will this be a problem for me?

If all you did was: smell it and there is no other intake, it should not be a problem. Discuss with your surgeon and anesthesiologist just to be sure. ...Read more

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Lumbar pain 2 months post op from spinal fusion of l4-5. Could it just be over use?

Lumbar pain 2 months post op from spinal fusion of l4-5. Could it just be over use?

Back pain: It is expected for you to experience lower back pain or discomfort after a lumbar spinal fusion surgery. If the intensity and frequency of lower back pain remain the same as before surgery or are progressively getting worse since after surgery, then further clinical follow-up evaluation is necessary. You need to elaborate about your spinal fusion surgery - pedicle screw or intervertebral fusion. ...Read more

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Is yoga a good exercise therapy for someone who is 14 months post op two level lumbar spinal fusion?

YOGA For everyone: Yes. It is an incredible and valuable form of stretching and exercise that many people with musculoskeletal issues find beneficial. It is also a great way to learn to calm one's mind and to gain some control in a life filled with pain and anxiety. ...Read more

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I just had a lumbar spinal fusion 1mo ago, its my second back surgery. I'm feeling a weird air bubble slight popping in my spine (lumbar) what is it!?

I just had a lumbar spinal fusion 1mo ago, its my second back surgery. I'm feeling a weird air bubble slight popping in my spine (lumbar) what is it!?

Discuss this with: Your surgeon. There are various sensations that could be normal, and part of the healing process. But you should bring up your symptoms up to your surgeon for evaluation. So that the cause (if anything) could be identified, and if not a big deal, your surgeon will then let you know. ...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?

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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On feb 18 i had lower lumbar spinal fusion, since then my left leg below the knee is numb, tingly today and skin around my leg feel tight. Is this norm?

On feb 18 i had lower lumbar spinal fusion, since then my left leg below the knee is numb, tingly today and skin around my leg feel tight. Is this norm?

See below: In general spine surgery is performed for radicular problems which is numbness and tingling down the leg , weakness of the foot and ankle and unrelenting back pain. There are also our other indications for spine surgery but it sounds like you or one of these of the above. I'm not sure the symptomatology you had prior to your fusion you may want to go back to your spine surgeon get follow-up x-rays and other diagnostic studies or you may want to seek a second opinion. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...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