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Could a spinal fusion surgery stunt your growth?

Could a spinal fusion surgery stunt your growth?

Perhaps: It depends on the age of the person having the fusion (the younger you are, the more growth that may be lost), the number of bones involved (the more fused, the more potential loss). On the other hand, correcting some deformities can modestly increase height. For some young children, some pediatric deformity surgeons will use "growing rods, " delaying fusion as long as possible. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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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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Is it normal not to see bone growth one month after a spinal fusion?

Is it normal not to see bone growth one month after a spinal fusion?

Bone fusion: Yes. Bone fusion can take up to a year and a fusion occurs more slowly in post menopausal women, people who smoke, patients who take Ibuprofen or anti-inflammatory medications and people with diabetes. ...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 fusion 9 weeks ago, RA 13yrs, on mtx, plaquinil & arava, (leflunomide) still not under control. Would biologics interefere with bone growth? Have bone stimulat

Spinal fusion 9 weeks ago, RA 13yrs, on mtx, plaquinil & arava, (leflunomide) still not under control. Would biologics interefere with bone growth? Have bone stimulat

Perhaps: Several medications used to treat RA can interfere with bone growth. You should talk to both your rheumatologist and to your surgeon about what you are taking and whether it should be stopped or changed while your bones are fusing. ...Read more

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How long after a spinal fusion is bone growth apparent on x-rays or ct scans? My previous fusion had no bone growth so I want to request extra testing

How long after a spinal fusion is bone growth apparent on x-rays or ct scans? My previous fusion had no bone growth so I want to request extra testing

6-8 weeks: Bony fusion grows like a fracture heals. It generally takes a minimum of 6-8 weeks to see good Xray evidence of fusion. In my practice I will get X-rays at the 6 week point, and usually at the 3 month time point. But other surgeons may have different schedules. It can be helpful to use an external bone growth stimulator, No doubt NOT SMOKING is crucial, and avoiding NSAIDs can help you heal!! ...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 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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How should I know if the spinal fusion in my back has failed?

How should I know if the spinal fusion in my back has failed?

If you had a spinal: Fusion for pain and the pain persists, that may be an indication. If you are a smoker, there is a good chance that fusion may not have occurred. A ct scan done after 12 months postop ( it can take a year for a fusion to heal) done with 2 mm axial cuts and then reconstructed in sagittal & coronal planes is the best way to image a fusion but no one study gives 100% proof of a fusion. ...Read more

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Is there a way to find out why did my spinal fusion slip forward?

See the surgeon: Are you a user of tobacco, as fusions fail frequently due to smoking? Is there instrumentation, which has failed. Did you experience post-op trauma at some point? See your original surgeon, if available, and try to decide a therapeutic direction. ...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