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Can anyone have "nerve damage" pain after a past spinal fusion surgery?

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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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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I recently had a spinal fusion of the L1,3,3 and Iwas sent home in a diaper I was told that I have sever nerve damage. Can I ever get out of diapers?

I recently had a spinal fusion of the L1,3,3 and Iwas sent home in a diaper   I was told that I have sever nerve damage. Can I ever get out of diapers?

An approach: Hard to fully answer based upon information provided, as the anatomy does not fully explain what has occurred. However, if this involves only urinary function, see a urologist. If also bowel problems, see a gastroenterologist. Multiple therapeutic avenues exist, and would recommend hope. ...Read more

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After I had a spinal fusion I lost all control of my bladder how can I cope with wearing diapers 24 / 7 at age 29 .with sever nerve damage .

After I had a spinal fusion  I lost all control of my bladder how can I cope with wearing diapers 24 / 7  at age 29 .with sever nerve damage .

Long term help...: Right after you hang up with your attorney, you may want to give a urologist a call to validate your incontinence as well as offer suggestions on how to deal with the problem. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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How long after decompression/spinal fusion surgery should nerve pain normally continue?

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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Can spinal fusion surgery cause bilateral peroneal neuropothy?

Can spinal fusion surgery cause bilateral peroneal neuropothy?

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

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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Can spinal surgery cause nerve damage?

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

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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Can you give me more info on spinal fusion surgery?

Can you give me more info on spinal fusion surgery?

Many types : There are many types of spinal fusions. For more information, check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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What activities should I avoid after spinal fusion surgery?

What activities should I avoid after spinal fusion surgery?

Assuming that you : Are fully healed and rehabilitated you should try to avoid any activities that involve combined repetitive flexion and rotation like racquet sports and golf. Heavy contact sports are not advisable like rugby or tackle football . If asking in post op period, this is dependent on type and extent of fusion as well as your health/ conditioning including your diagnosis----your surgeon will guide you. ...Read more

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How should I feel after I wake up from spinal fusion surgery?

How should I feel after I wake up from spinal fusion surgery?

Different pain.: After a fusion surgery you will have pain. However this should be more incisional type pain. The pain you had prior should be different and you will notice that right away. ...Read more

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How much pain should I expect to be in after getting spinal fusion surgery?

Varies: Varies on the type of fusion & approach, number of levels, whether you are a smoker, your overall fitness & condition as well as health & you age. The size of your surgical incision plays a role especially if minimally invasive or not & the underlying reason for your surgery in the first place as to it's success rate in relieving pain if that was one of the reasons for the surgery to begin with. ...Read more

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What is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

A type of spine : Surgery where implants which are usually several screws that attach to the bones of the spine and are then interconnected over one or more levels with usually a pair of metal rods -this is the instrumentation. A fusion is a healing together of two or more spine bones or vertebra with the use of bone material or synthetic substitutes. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens before surgery (scoliosis/spinal fusion)?

Could you tell me what happens before surgery (scoliosis/spinal fusion)?

First, need to asses: Your medical status to optimize your outcome which will include a variety of medical tests. By not smoking 6 weeks before surgery you can significantly reduce complications if a smoker. Bathing with special soap preop can reduce risk of infection and being tested for staph with a nose culture. Eat well and avoid any blood thinning products. Be educated about post op course and surgery! ...Read more

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Why should I have sciatica pain after spinal fusion surgery.

Why should I have sciatica pain after spinal fusion surgery.

Wear/Tear: With previous back surgery, sometimes pain can result from the wear and tear of the levels above/below your surgery that takes place after a fusion surgery. If this is the case, recommend seeing your spine surgeon or a spine/pain specialist to evaluate this further. ...Read more

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How is life like after having a lumbar spinal fusion surgery?

How is life like after having a lumbar spinal fusion surgery?

Assuming that you : Are fused ; rehabilitated just avoid activities that involve combined repetitive flexion ; rotation ie.Racquet sports ; golf. Heavy contact sports are not advisable like rugby or tackle football. If asking in post op period, this is dependent on type and extent of fusion as well as your health/ conditioning including your diagnosis----your surgeon will guide you. Otherwise your life should be ok. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...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