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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


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What is spinal decompression and spine fusion surgery?

What is spinal decompression and spine fusion surgery?

Different surgeries: Spinal decompression surgery is performed nerve root impingement-usually from bone or ligaments in the spinal canal or where the nerve roots exit-the neuroforamena. Generally called a laminectomy, it involves removing bone and ligament from the spine. A spinal fusion locks together two or more segments of the spine, usually with screws and rods. Bone is added as well to allow the bones to knit. ...Read more

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Can neurosurgeons perform spinal fusion surgery (arthrodesis) on lower back areas?

Can neurosurgeons perform spinal fusion surgery (arthrodesis) on lower back areas?

Sure: Depends on training look for a team or a fellowship trained spinal surgeon neuro or ortho1 year of additional spine training. ...Read more

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Could cervical spine MRI show neck cancer?

Could cervical spine MRI show neck cancer?

Could: Cervical spine MRI will show spine more. Mri neck will show more soft tissues in neck and not concentrate on spine. ...Read more

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What spinal fusion surgery?

What spinal fusion surgery?

Joining bone togethe: A spinal fusion is a procedure used to join two spinal motion units together. It is designed to stop all motion of the motion segment. It may be performed with or without the usages of screws and rods. It is performed for spinal instability . It is like welding 2 pieces of metal together. ...Read more

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

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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Stroke in occipital lobe following cervical spine surgery?

Stroke in occipital lobe following cervical spine surgery?

Vertebral Artery: This can be a consequence of injury to the vertebral artery. This can be from direct manipulation, positioning or spontaneous. Further diagnostic workup can include angiography. ...Read more

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Well a spinal fusion fix my swayback posture?

Potentially: When the spine is being fused it can be repositioned into a more normal position. Sometimes with large deformities the spine position can only be changed so much without compromising neurological function. Talk to your spine surgeon about the specifics of your case. ...Read more

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Can chiropractic manipulation correct vertebral malalignment in lumbar spinal stenosis?

Can chiropractic manipulation correct vertebral malalignment in lumbar spinal stenosis?

Unfortunately....no: As an osteopathic physician, whose practice includes "manipulative therapy, " it is my opinion that spinal stenosis is not correctable with any form of manipulation or physical medicine. This is unfortunately a surgical condition, and i would professionally recommend a consultation with a neurosurgeon, vs. An orthopedist. Your condition requires more expertise, and your end result will be better. ...Read more

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Herniated disc in spine. Now wnat?

Herniated disc in spine. Now wnat?

See a doctor: I assume you have had an MRI to know this. A herniated disc may cause leg pain and numbness, but with medications, physical therapy, injections, the symtpoms may resolve. However, if the pain persists, or you develop weakness you should see a spine surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Why is My left index finger tingling&numbness.have herniated disc in neck &moderatedisc bulge inlumbar spine &sciatica.

 Why is My left index finger tingling&numbness.have herniated disc in neck &moderatedisc bulge inlumbar spine &sciatica.

Tingling finger: A tingling finger can be from anywhere in your central nervous system, including your brain and spinal cord, or peripheral nerves, impinged anywhere from the spinal cord to the finger itself, including in the wrist. A full exam is necessary. Given your history of a herniated disc in your neck, you may have radiculopathy radiating from that level to a particular dermatome in your hand. Call your MD ...Read more

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Am I facing back surgery? Spinal stenosis. Radiculopathy . Osteoarthritis and degenerative spondylolthisethis

Am I facing back surgery? Spinal stenosis. Radiculopathy . Osteoarthritis and degenerative spondylolthisethis

Depends: number of conservative treatments to try befote surgery. These include: therapy, injections, meds, etc. Please exhaust all of these before am operation. ...Read more

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Will spinal fusion eliminate back pain?

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Will  spinal fusion eliminate back pain?

Unlikely: Spine surgery has predictably good outcomes for neurological symptoms (pinched nerves) and symptomatic spinal instability (i.e. Severe fracture/dislocation, severe deformity, tumor, etc.). Spine surgery for neck/back pain without a neurological component is controversial, as outcomes are unpredictable. ...Read more

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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Maybe: Cervical radiculopathy can arise from various causes that pinch a nerve in the neck. A disk herniation is a common cause. Other causes include bone spurs that form over time that narrow the hole through which the nerves exit the spine. ...Read more

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Painful cervical spine?

Ubiquitous: Degenerative neck and back pain is akin to wrinkles in the skin. Age happens, and the alternative (bring aging to a grinding halt with death) is not appealing. Accept some aches and pain, use nsaid's/tylenol to control, salonpas hot patches, strengthen the core, consider mckenzie pt (doc's rx needed). If persistent, further evaluation. Should not be life altering under most circumstances. ...Read more

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Cervical fusion 3/4 disc respl 5/6 over yr ago, pain down left arm to pinky/ring finger. aching shoulder blades. had cervical epidurals. not helping. ?

Cervical fusion 3/4 disc respl 5/6 over yr ago, pain down left arm to pinky/ring finger. aching shoulder blades. had cervical epidurals. not helping. ?

Need 2nd opinion: Always check with your PCP first for best referrals for pain specialists.Can also see an osteopathic physician, who's a DO trained in neuromusculoskeletal medicine (NMM) who can evaluate you musculoskeletally, treat you and help decompress your neck, spine, low back, sacrum and offer more options and solutions to get you out of pain quickly! Check Am.Acad.Osteopathy or Cranial Academy directories. ...Read more

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Pain from spine surgery years after 3 failed back surgeries. I also have spinal stenosis, spinal fusions, fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, bad hip?

Pain from spine surgery years after 3 failed back surgeries. I also have spinal stenosis, spinal fusions, fibromyalgia, severe scar tissue, bad hip?

Stimulator may help: If you're still having pain after your 3 failed spine surgeries you could benefit from a spinal cord stimulator. I have seen many people helped tremendously by this implantable device. Find someone reputable and they may be able to help. ...Read more

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Vertebrae pain in upper spinal cord between shoulder blades. Would this require surgery?

Vertebrae pain in upper spinal cord between shoulder blades. Would this require surgery?

Rarely as most : Problems are treated without surgery unless the symptoms are related to a tumor, infection or unstable spine fracture or occasionally, a disc herniation. Most spine source pain is treated non operatively. However, not all pain in this area arises from the spine and could be from an ulcer or other referred source. So if it does not improve or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more