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What is the success rate of spinal fusion for scoliosis ?

What is the success rate of spinal fusion for scoliosis ?

Spinal fusion: The success rate is a function of the spine bones and your spine specialist will do as much as possible for you.
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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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What are the success rates for spinal fusion diskectomy for smokers?

What are the success rates for spinal fusion diskectomy for smokers?

Not as good : Some orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons feel the results in operating on smokers are so poor that they require their patients to quit smoking prior to surgery. Smoking markedly decreases healing rates as well as reducing success rates in general. There are many reasons for people to quit smoking, and in those facing bone surgery, there are even more urgent reasons. ...Read more

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What is success.On a spinal fusion rather then replacement is the procedure same amount risky? I'm scared by I do need one

Depends : Depends on the reason for fusion, the age of the patient , their medic issues . It really just depends on a lot of things. I would ask the bone doctor your question. ...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?

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?

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. :)
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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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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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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