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Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
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Can anyone have "nerve damage" pain after a past spinal fusion surgery?

Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
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Can anyone have "nerve damage" pain after a past spinal fusion surgery?

Yes: Failed back surgery syndrome ihappens in up to 1/3 of back surgery (and neck surgery patients). Injury to nerves during surgery happens in some of these cases. ...Read more

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Neuropathy (Definition)

Neuropathy is a condition in which there is nerve damage that may lead to a loss in movement, sensation, or other function ...Read more


Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
19 years in practice
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I had a spinal fusion years ago. Now I have pain and cannot grip with my right hand. I also get right side numbness. Could it be nerve damage?

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
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I had a spinal fusion years ago. Now I have pain and cannot grip with my right hand. I also get right side numbness. Could it be nerve damage?

Grip weakness: If the fusion was done years ago, and everything was ok for a while, there is probable no damage... A new problem could be coming from the levels above- or below the past surgery area, so it would be best to go back to your surgeon, or find a new doctor if the past physician is not available. New images with possibly a ct or MRI might be needed to find the cause; maybe a neurologist needs to help. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Is permanent nerve damage possible after a bone fragment and hematoma was removed after spinal fusion?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Is permanent nerve damage possible after a bone fragment and hematoma was removed after spinal fusion?

Yes: Any type of material : disc, blood, bone, fat, pus, tumor etc. that compresses a nerve root / roots or the spinal cord can leave a range of symptoms or findings from pain, sensory changes, weakness or paralysis, bowel/bladder dysfunction, balance issues as examples. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheimer
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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After spinal fusion surgery i still have the pain in my hip which was caused by a blocked nerve its been a month since the surgery.

Dr. Jeffrey Oppenheimer
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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After spinal fusion surgery i still have the pain in my hip which was caused by a blocked nerve its been a month since the surgery.

Residual lat. recess: Spine surgeon follow up. May need MRI to look at the lareral recesses of the spinal canal where a nerve may still be pinched. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Le
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Can spinal surgery cause nerve damage?

Dr. Brian Le
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Can spinal surgery cause nerve damage?

Surgery complication: With any surgery, there is the risk of complications. Some of possible complications are anesthesia complications, bleeding, blood clots, lung complications, infection, persistent pain, hardware failure, implant migration, nerve injury, spinal cord injury, sexual dysfunction .... ...Read more

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Dr. William Gaya
Board Certified, Neurology
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Can spinal fusion surgery cause bilateral peroneal neuropothy?

Dr. William Gaya
Board Certified, Neurology
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Neuropathy : Bilateral peroneal mononeuropathies are commonly seen in patients with mononeuritis multiplex secondary to diabetes, polyarthritis nodosa, nutritional deficiencies, and critical illness polyneuropathy. Bilateral and symmetrical presentation rises the possibility of lumbar radiculopathies or lumbar stenosis. Neuroimaging like MRI and electrophysiological studies like EMG and nerve conduction study could help in sorting this out. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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How long after decompression/spinal fusion surgery should nerve pain normally continue?

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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How long after decompression/spinal fusion surgery should nerve pain normally continue?

It varies: It varies from person to person, perhaps depending on the severity of the pressure, the time the nerve has been compressed, the amount of inflammation, and other variables. Some are blessed with immediate relief. For others, it take take a month or so for the pain to subside. Sometimes anti-inflammatory medicine may help speed the healing, but ask your doctor before taking or if no relief. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Can drop foot be caused be a complication after a.Spinal Fusion surgery nine weeks ago and how will the drop foot heal?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Can drop foot be caused be a complication after a.Spinal Fusion surgery nine weeks ago and how will the drop foot heal?

Yes: It fan be a complication of surgery especially if it is a new issue. Speak with your surgeon and have it reevaluated as soon as possible. This is not a good situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Zachary Levine
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Peripheral neuropathy symptoms in l4&l5 post l5&s1 spinal fusion. Is there any chance of these symptoms going away?

Dr. Zachary Levine
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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Peripheral neuropathy symptoms in l4&l5 post l5&s1 spinal fusion. Is there any chance of these symptoms going away?

Post lami syndrome: Depending on when you had your fusion, this may be post laminectomy syndrome. Scar tissue can form, causing pain in associated areas. Peripheral neuropathy does not follow a specific nerve root. That is radiculopathy. You can try medicines for neuropathic pain such as gabapentin. If you had a recent fusion (. ...Read more

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