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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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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