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What is the recovery time before i can bend down again after a spinal fusion?

What is the recovery time before i can bend down again after a spinal fusion?

This varies as to : The type of fusion done, number of levels involved as well as the type of instrumentation ( if any) that was used. In general, assuming normal healing ( not smoking, not a diabetic, not a revision surgery, not hypothyroid or malnourished) usually after several months but always ideally one can immediately get down by bending at the knees and hips rather than at the waist which is the right way. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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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 the recovery time for spinal fusion? How long will i be recovering after spinal fusion before i can resume normal activities? .

What is the recovery time for spinal fusion? How long will i be recovering after spinal fusion before i can resume normal activities?

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Varies: For a simple one level, back to every day activities is very early.Much longer to get back to heavy or strenuous activity, maybe 2-3 months. ...Read more

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How long is the average recovery time after a spinal fusion to correct scoliosis?

How long is the average recovery time after a spinal fusion to correct scoliosis?

6months to a year: Fusion first then activities resume , you can't make it go faster with exercise, i recomend rest, be still heal , then move non fusion cost you a year in recovery and comfort. ...Read more

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How long does recovery last for a spinal fusion?

How long does recovery last for a spinal fusion?

Varies: This varies as to the diagnosis, your age, the extent and location of your surgery, what type of procedure that was done, whether you smoke and jf this is not your first back surgery. However, on average, for a one level low back surgery, most fusions heal within 6 months. ...Read more

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Will you tell me about spinal fusion recovery experiences?

Will you tell me about spinal fusion recovery experiences?

Variable: Fusion recovery experiences are variable, dependent upon the individual patient, each surgeon, type of spinal fusion (open vs. Minimal invasive), prior pain/pathology, and history of pre-operative pain medication usage. Best advice is to speak with your surgeon for expectations after the surgery. ...Read more

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What can I expect in terms of recovery after having spinal fusion of the c 456?

Post op : Little bit of neck pain, possible neck brace. 0-2 days in hospital. Possible therapy. Relief of symptoms. Fusion 3-6 months. ...Read more

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What concerns should I have about spinal fusion surgery? I'm very apprehensive about my upcoming spinal fusion surgery. What should I expect from this procedure and the recovery afterward?

What concerns should I have about spinal fusion surgery? I'm very apprehensive about my upcoming spinal fusion surgery. What should I expect from this procedure and the recovery afterward?

This depends on: Several variables: your age, your health, your weight status & nutritional status, how in shape you are, smoking history, reason for surgery, type of surgery with number of levels involved as well as approach, the experience of your surgeon, to name a few. If a smoker, 3-8x failure rate of non smoker & overweight higher risk of complications especially if diabetic. Need to discuss with surgeon! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the average healing time for spinal fusion?

Can you tell me about the average healing time for spinal fusion?

It will vary: The healing time for a spinal fusion will vary greatly depending on your medical health, age, smoking history, weight, spinal pathology and surgical procedure. The acute healing time will be any where from 3 weeks to 4 months. The end result will not be apparent until 6mo - 1 year. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I need to know what is the average healing time for spinal fusion?

I need to know what is the average healing time for spinal fusion?

4 months: Although there are numerous variables, the average healing time is 4 months. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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I wish i would have been given more specific rcovery plans and expectations coming home from spinal fusion surgery 2 weeks ago. How much can I do?

I wish i would have been given more specific rcovery plans and expectations coming home from spinal fusion surgery 2 weeks ago. How much can I do?

This depends on: Several variables: age, health, weight & nutritional status, how in shape you are, smoking history, reason for surgery, fusion type with # of levels involved & approach, the experience of your surgeon, to name a few. If a smoker, 3-8x failure rate of non smoker & overweight higher risk of complications especially if diabetic. Need to discuss with surgeon! it can take up to 1 year to heal. ...Read more

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I wish i would have been given more specific rcovery plans and expectations upon coming home from spinal fusion surgery 2 weeks ago. What can I do?

Spine fusion: It's all about creating realistic expectations. I tell my fusion patients whether minimally invasive or open that they are going to hurt and have a rough road the first week and every day after should be a little better with a few hiccups along the way. At 6 to 10 weeks they should be feeling pretty good, some need a little longer. ...Read more

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I always have a ton of gas build up no matter the time of day or what i eat, i had a spinal fusion , 2 months ago but i don't believe its related!

I always have a ton of gas build up no matter the time of day or what i eat, i had a spinal fusion , 2 months ago but i don't believe its related!

Unlikely related: Your gaseous state is unlikely related to your spinal fusion. What kind of spinal fusion could be helpful, but you would likely be better off having a gastroenterologist evaluate you. ...Read more

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Does pain 3 months after a spinal fusion signify bone growth? This time is more painful than last, but lat time no growth. Friends say growing pains.

Does pain 3 months after a spinal fusion signify bone growth? This time is more painful than last, but lat time no growth. Friends say growing pains.

Check your pain Doc.: Your question is not easy to obtain the answer without knowing your condition in detail. if your pain is getting worse, you should go back to your pain doctor, may not surgeon only. ...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