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Pain Involved In 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
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
No: If you have undergone a successful spinal fusion you should have attained at least 85% reduction on your symptoms intensity if your fusion is solid. Would recommend that you speak to your spinal surgeon so that reason for your pain can be identified and a proper treatment plan instituted to alleviate you of your pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A tough two weeks: The first two weeks are tough. Make sure you have help. Most people get spinal fusion because they already are in constant pain. If the fusion works then you will start to feel better. If you smoke then quit now this will help you heal. If not a smoker don't start. :) good luck. ...Read more
Having alot of pain and swelling that started 2 weeks after the removal of spinal fusion hardware?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain: Sometimes people can have pain because the screws have loosened or an infection has developed. Sometimes it just takes a long time for the pain to diminish. Either way be sure to follow up with your surgeon to evaluate your back to ensure everything is healing appropriately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Definitely immediately after surgery, most patients will have surgical pain which gradually improves with time. However, if you are still having significant or new/different pains months after the surgery, you should definitely have re-evaluation to assess the hardware, the fusion, other levels in your spine, pinched nerves, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a spinal fusion done 3 years ago, I have more pain n problems then before i had the surgery i had a whole spinal fusion. What can I do for this.
Depends: This depends on how recent the surgery was and how bad it is and if it got better after initial surgery. If it is recent then you should have been given pain meds by your surgeon or call for extra meds. If greater than 6 months to a year then see your surgeon to be sure you have fused and make sure you haven't developed additional pathology at other levels. Some pain is not abnormal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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