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Dr. William Jenkins
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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
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What is success.On a spinal fusion rather then replacement is the procedure same amount risky? I'm scared by I do need one

Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
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What is success.On a spinal fusion rather then replacement is the procedure same amount risky? I'm scared by I do need one

Depends : Depends on the reason for fusion, the age of the patient , their medic issues . It really just depends on a lot of things. I would ask the bone doctor your question. ...Read more

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Dr. Will Moorehead
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Has any one had spinal disc replacement and what was used?

Dr. Will Moorehead
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Has any one had spinal disc replacement and what was used?

Charite^: Although I have not had a replacement disc, I have performed this operation utilizing the charite^ artificial disc. When the patients are properly selected there is a very successful outcome. Additionally, for those cases where severe pain persist, a fusion remains a viable option. But the most important thing is proper patient selection. See your spinal surgeon for more information. ...Read more

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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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?

Dr. Albert Pizzo
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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?

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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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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How safe is fusion after artificial disc replacement and is it effective?

Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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How safe is fusion after artificial disc replacement and is it effective?

Depends: Artificial disc replacement can be done for cervical and lumbar conditions. Revision surgery in the cervical spine to either add a fusion or convert the replacement to a fusion is effective, with minimal added surgical risk. Such procedures in the lumbar spine, depending on the implant used and the level(s) treated, can carry significant added surgical risks. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Weston
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How safe is a fusion after artificial disc replacement and does it work?

Dr. Mark Weston
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Hmm more details?: Repeat anterior approaches can be fatal one rule ilived by only one anterior lumbar approach in a life time good saftey guidline i can only think of two reason to fuse after a replacement catastrophic mechanical implant failure and facet arthritis desparate diagnostic confusion never operate if confused about the scource of pain facet arthritis is a contraindication for replacement can I have more. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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What is a cervical disc replacement with fusion?

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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What is a cervical disc replacement with fusion?

Fusion: Replacement these days often refers to an artificial disk. As you are using the term, the disk is removed and replaced with a spacer (bone, metal, plastic, bone substitute). The plate and screws provide additional stability. The bones connected by the spacer and plate grow together (ideally) to form a single bone. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Masson
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What is a cervical disc replacement and fusion with titanium plates and screws?

Dr. Robert Masson
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Traditional standard: A procedure designed to remove a damaged disc, from the front of the neck, and then reconstruct it in a way to preserve architecture of the spine, while eliminating motion at that joint. It is the traditional gold standard for herniated disc treatment, but modern expert use of disc replacement is proving a great alternative, allowing for continued motion and faster recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Has anybody had a cervical disc replacement and fusion with plates and screws? Would he be permanently stiff?

Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Has anybody had a cervical disc replacement and fusion with plates and screws?  Would he be permanently stiff?

Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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C4-c5, c5-c6 disc replacement surgery. Interbody cage fusion cause adjacent discs to degenerate but using mobi-c will not. True?

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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C4-c5, c5-c6 disc replacement surgery. Interbody cage fusion cause adjacent discs to degenerate but using mobi-c will not. True?

Maybe: A theoretical advantage of artificial disk replacement is reduction in risk of other disks degenerating. Fusion is associated with this problem, but it is only one factor. Disk replacements in the neck do well, but may not always prevent disk problems at other levels. Ongoing research looking at long term outcomes are needed to answer this question. Early results are promising. ...Read more

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