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

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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Has any one had spinal disc replacement and what was used?

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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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?

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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How safe is fusion after artificial disc replacement and is it effective?

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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How safe is a fusion after artificial disc replacement and does it work?

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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What is a cervical disc replacement with fusion?

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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What is a cervical disc replacement and fusion with titanium plates and screws?

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

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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C5/6/7 Reduced disc height, mild stenosis, bulge, osteophytes. Doc said disc replacement no help in neck pain coz of discs condition. Do fusion. True?

C5/6/7 Reduced disc height, mild stenosis, bulge, osteophytes. Doc said disc replacement no help in neck pain coz of discs condition. Do fusion. True?

Arthritis Arthritis: Is the most likely cause of your pain. Do not let your desperation cause you to have unnecessary surgery. Find a pain management specialist who treats injured joints in the cervical area. ...Read more

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Disc Replacement (Definition)

In essence the adjoining surfaces of a vertebra are cut off to expose good healthy bleeding bone. A metallic implant flat on the bone side and concave and rimmed on the disc side are imlpanted with a metal ball bearing trapped my the concavity and rim complete the implants. As one moves the ball bearing is allowed to move within the precisely machined nd matched plates, ...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


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