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Spinal Fusion Recovery Timeline
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3-4 months: The average healing time is 3-4 months. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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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