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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? .

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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Spinal fusion back surgery recovery time?

Spinal fusion back surgery recovery time?

4 months: Usually 4 months. Check out Spine-health. Com. ...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 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

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Spinal arachnoiditis: are the symptoms usually sudden or will they start over a period of time? Can this occur after positive spinal fusion 13yrs aga?

Spinal arachnoiditis: are the symptoms usually sudden or will they start over a period of time? Can this occur after positive spinal fusion 13yrs aga?

Either: Arachnoiditis can come on suddenly or can develop over weeks, months or years. It is surprising common particularly after a spinal fusion or any spinal surgery. ...Read more

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I am really fed up with this back pain has been going long time the new flare up since dec2012 suppose to have spinal fusion on l5s fractuedl5 help me?

I am really fed up with this back pain has been going long time the new flare up since dec2012 suppose to have spinal fusion on l5s fractuedl5 help me?

Instability: Prolotherapy of the way to go to get rid of the back pain.

Visit www. Proloshot. Com or www. Getporlo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org for a prolotherapy doctor to help you. ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time deciding on spinal fusion and a laminectomy. What is the long term prognosis if I don't? G1 spondylolisthesis, R&L foraminal sten

I'm having a hard time deciding on spinal fusion and a laminectomy. What is the long term prognosis if I don't? G1 spondylolisthesis, R&L foraminal sten

Gradual worsening: Gradual worsening with foot drops if you have significant neurologic symptoms peotecting the nervesc with reconstruction has a better long term out com if you have only axial backache surgical outcome is less obviously beneficial wiltze urged us to wait for the leg pain then intervene if you don't have leg pain then your nerves are ok. ...Read more

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Is gas linked to scoliosis? I have bad gas all the time after eating. I also have bad scoliosis and it is low down on my back. I'm having spinal fusion soon, do you think potentially this is why I get gas? Maybe my intestines are being pushed to the side

Is gas linked to scoliosis? I have bad gas all the time after eating. I also have bad scoliosis and it is low down on my back. I'm having spinal fusion soon, do you think potentially this is why I get gas? Maybe my intestines are being pushed to the side

Not really: Most likely from your diet and intestinal flora (microbe).
Pls do not mix fruit with meat products, avoid gas producing food, like beens, or Cruciferous vegetables. Eat and drink slowly to avoid swallowing air. Pls Avoid smoking, carbonated drinks, and candy to lessen CO2 production. You may consider taking probiotics product ie, yogurt, Kefir, fermented vegi's. ...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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How does a spinal fusion work?

Stops motion: The purpose of a lumbar fusion procedure is to stabilize the segment in the lumbar spine. It stops motion in that segment to treat back pain and possibly nerve root compression leading to leg pain, weakness, numbness, or any combination of those. It relies on removing the disc and replacing with bone graft. In addition, screws and rods are used to hold this in place while the fusion occurs. ...Read more

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How painful is a spinal fusion?

How painful is a spinal fusion?

Varies: This varies as to the diagnosis, your age, the extent & location of your surgery, what type of procedure that was done, whether you smoke & if this is your first back surgery. It also depends on how tolerant you are to pain medication in terms of how much & how long you may have been on medication preop. Depression can also magnify pain & if in pain for 6 months or longer, higher risk depression. ...Read more

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How much pain is a spinal fusion?

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

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Can you tell me about spinal fusion?

Locks two vertebrae: Together. See www. Spine-health. Com for some descriptions, but it basically does just that, fuses a couple vertebrae, or however many are targeted, and places hardware to keep your spine from moving at those segments. It should only be an option if you have instability, but many people have done and later pay the price if it was not indicated with more pain than before. ...Read more

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How can a spinal fusion slip forward?

Failure to fuse: The goal of fusion surgery is to cause bones of the spine to grow together. If a fusion is successful, then two or possibly more bones joined as one. Usually this is accomplished by removing the disc between each two bones being fused and replacing it with something to stimulate fusion of the bones. If the fusion does not occur, then the superior vertebrae may slip forward (called listhesis). ...Read more

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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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How can a spinal fusion slip forward?

Pseudoarthrosis: If a bony fusion doesn't heal properly (pseudoarthrosis or failed fusion) then it may slip forward over time. It may also cause pain and result in broken hardware. This is more common in tobacco users, diabetics, obesity, and other conditions. A ct scan can be used to assess the fusion. Revision spinal fusion may be necessary. ...Read more

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How long for a spinal fusion will heal?

How long for a spinal fusion will heal?

Healing Time: The process involved in a spinal fusion involves the growth of bone across a disc space and is influenced by your metabolism, type of bone graft, distance between the bones, and strength of the internal metal bracing. With current techniques, early fusion can occur by 3 months but may take up to 6 months. ...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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Is the spinal fusion a risky thing to do?

Yes: Major spine surgery has small risk of life changing complication associated and failure to relieve symptoms consider carefully nonunion failed back surgery make sure benefits outweigh risks. And the pain generator is well lidentified by diagnostic injections. ...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 does it mean to have a spinal fusion?

Joining bones: A spinal fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. ...Read more

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How long for a spinal fusion to heal totally?

Approximately 6mo: Similar to a surgically repaired extremity fracture, a spine fusion typically takes up to 6 months to fully consolidate. In a long fusion, such as in scoliosis surgery, the fusion mass is thought to continue to consolidate through the first year after surgery. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a spinal fusion 2 weeks ago.?

Take it easy: Avoid lifting over 10 lbs, or excessive bending or twisting. Where was the location of the operation? Lumbar or cervical spine? (lower back or neck?)
walking is usually good. Ask your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spinal fusion?

A spinal fusion is a: 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 to enhance healing rates. ...Read more

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How long after a spinal fusion can I return to activities?

Depends: Most activities within 6 to 12 weeks. Heavy lifting, bending, pulling, twisting may take longer. ...Read more

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Can spinal fusion hurt more than having your discs removed?

Depends: Spinal fusion is a larger more complex surgery usually indicated for severe back pain. Disc removal (microscopically assisted) is usually done in my practice as an outpatient surgery and usually less painful. It is indicated for leg pain or nerve irritiation (sciatica). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if my spinal fusion has failed?

Fusion failure: There are a number of ways a spinal fusion may fail. If the hardware breaks and the vertebrae can move - this can be detected by a special Xray called a flexion-extension Xray, failure of bony fusion is best detected with a CAT scan to look for bone formation. Sometimes pain persists, but all studies show bone has formed and hardware is in good position, in which case the fusion has not failed. ...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