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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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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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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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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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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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Managing Spinal Stenosis (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for relief
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Get an Xray/MRI if not better in 6 weeks
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See a spine specialist if not better in 6 weeks
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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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What is a spinal fusion?

What is a spinal fusion?

Just like it sounds: Its when multiple vertebrae are fused together so they no longer move. You sacrifice some of your range of motion for pain relief. Be sure you have exausted all conservative measures first, because once its done, there's no going back. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a spinal fusion ?

What to do if I have a spinal fusion ?

Depends: if you just had a spinal fusion, you certainly would follow closely with your surgeons postoperative protocol. If your spinal fusion was done some time ago, I usually allow patients to return to unrestricted activity if they are not having any problems. don't hesitate to check with your individual surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the spinal fusion process like?

Variable: The term 'spinal fusion' can refer to many different procedures. There are many differences depending on which area of the spine is being fused and what type of approach is used. A cervical fusion often involves a small incision and can be done as an outpatient. Lumbar surgery is usually an inpatient procedure. Some surgeons use 'minimally invasive' techniques which are less traumatic. ...Read more

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How to tell if you need a spinal fusion?

How to tell if you need a spinal fusion?

IF: You have chronic lower back pain that is related to spinal instability that does not respond to a well directed conservative treatment program, then a fusion may be necessary. Only a spinal surgeon can tell you if a fusion is necessary. Therefore, would recommend that your pcp evaluate you and refer you to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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Why could my spinal fusion slip forward?

Varies: If a fusion is solid and the alignment of the spine is well maintained; it would be highly unusual for a fusion to "shift forward." The most common reasons are either if the fusion did not ever fully heal, which is known as a nonunion; or if the alignment was not restored, then the malalignment that can "bend" an otherwise solid fusion. ...Read more

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How young is too young for spinal fusion?

There is no specific: Age limitation. Surgery, when indicated, is appropriate at any age. The right diagnosis and options for treatment along with their ramifications should be thoroughly discussed with your surgeon and one can always get a second opinion. ...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 are the indications for spinal fusion surgery?

Spinal Instability: Spine fusion is indicated when spinal stability and/or alignment has been compromised, resulting in risk for further spinal collapse, deformity, or neurological compression/injury. Surgical fusion restores immediate stability and alignment and creates an environment where the vertebra can fuse in a functionally acceptable position. Conditions include fracture, deformity, and spondylolisthesis. ...Read more

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Scoliosis cured with spinal fusion?

Scoliosis cured with spinal fusion?

Yes when indicated: Most typical idiopathic scoliosis cases are treated without surgery- most by just observation and some with bracing. Fusion is for those with a curve that has gotten too big and/or progressed in spite of non op care. Bracing has been the only documented non op care that can minimize surgical interventions. ...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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Will a spinal fusion fix my swayback posture?

Will a spinal fusion fix my swayback posture?

If the purpose of : The surgery is to address a spinal deformity, the goal is to obtain what is known as a balanced spine such that the head is centered over the pelvis/hips from a front & side view. So it should be addressed by the surgery if this is part of your spinal deformity. You can ask your surgeon about the goals of your surgery. ...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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Could a spinal fusion surgery stunt your growth?

Could a spinal fusion surgery stunt your growth?

Perhaps: It depends on the age of the person having the fusion (the younger you are, the more growth that may be lost), the number of bones involved (the more fused, the more potential loss). On the other hand, correcting some deformities can modestly increase height. For some young children, some pediatric deformity surgeons will use "growing rods, " delaying fusion as long as possible. Ask your surgeon. ...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