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Would my spinal fusion cause my lung to collapse?

Would my spinal fusion cause my lung to collapse?

No: I don't believe so but a collapse lung is typical an emergency and needs to be addressed in an emergency room. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Injured and had a spinal fusion at age 21 which caused me to lose my job, so what can I do?

Injured and had a spinal fusion at age 21 which caused me to lose my job, so what can I do?

That depends on : Several things like your education and skill level and whether you have the resources and support to be trained in another field or return to school to open up other opportunities as well as the consideration of any physical limitations you have as a result of your surgery and/or injury.. ...Read more

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Could the spinal fusion hinges be the cause of me feeling and hearing movement in my lower back?

Could the spinal fusion hinges be the cause of me feeling and hearing movement in my lower back?

Hinges?: There are no hinges in a spinal fusion. Rods and screws are placed to "clamp" two bones or more together to allow for a fusion. Once the fusion is solid, then the rods/screws have no further purpose and typically are not felt. In a minority of patients, these implants may cause discomfort requiring removal. If true movement, could suggest failure of healing, or an adjacent disk is going bad. ...Read more

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S1-l4 spinal fusion with instrumentation. Aside from pain, can I cause damage to the healing bone or anything, from bending, twisting, slipping? 11 wk

Spinal fusion: Healing bone after a spinal fusion takes approximately 100 days. Smoking, diabetes, poor nutrition, osteoporosis, and not wearing a back brace can slow healing. It is uncommon to break screws. Adjacent wear or injury of the sacroiliac joints or the lumbar 3/4 level is more likely than causing damage to the fusion itself. ...Read more

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Is there a chance that an old spinal fusion caused an infection?

Is there a chance that an old spinal fusion caused an infection?

Possibly: Bone infections are usually very slow; bacteria, even the dreaded mrsa, often slow down their metabolism when they infect bone. Because of this, an occult infection can go a long while, even years, before it manifests with symptoms. Any time there is instrumentation/surgery, there is risk of infection. ...Read more

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Cause of bilateral thigh pain after failed spinal fusion?

Cause of bilateral thigh pain after failed spinal fusion?

Thigh pain: My first answer is missed hip arthritis. This causes pain from groin to knee, worse getting up from sitting. Commonly missed by spine surgeons too focused on abnormal MRI and not performing a complete exam. Not intentional, just happens. If fusion has failed, this could also cause pain into groins/thighs. A good exam and studies including x-rays would be helpful. ...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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Thirty five yo male, broken back, spinal fusion, chronic hepc caused cirrosis, very sick, would I qualify for ssi? Sole provider unable to work

Thirty five yo male, broken back, spinal fusion, chronic hepc caused cirrosis, very sick, would I qualify for ssi? Sole provider unable to work

See a Doc: Talk to your doctor. If you are as sick as you say, you may qualify but there is a whole process that has to be undertaken. If your doctor thinks that you are disabled from work, he or she can help with this. ...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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I have had a spinal fusion for the past 10 years. Can bending down too much or twisting cause the rod to break/fracture the spine?

I have had a spinal fusion for the past 10 years.  Can bending down too much or twisting cause the rod to break/fracture the spine?

Unlikely after 10yrs: The rods are there to stabilize the fused spine until the bony fusion takes. As soon as the fusion takes, there is very little stress on the rods with bending motion. Stress is transferred and concentrated in the level above and/or below the fused segments. If your fusion didn't take, then there will be repeated torque/mechanical loading cycles on the implants, which can lead to fatigue fracture. ...Read more

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Can nicotine cause avascular necrosis as it constricts blood vessels? I know it stopped my recent bone graft in a spinal fusion from growing properly.

Can nicotine cause avascular necrosis as it constricts blood vessels? I know it stopped my recent bone graft in a spinal fusion from growing properly.

Maybe: Smoking is well-known to impair new blood vessel growth into areas of bone fusion and prevent good healing. There are thousands of chemicals in smoke. Nicotine alone has been well studied and tends to show poor bone formation and mineralization. So using nicotine as a supplement instead of smoking still is a risk for your spinal fusion. You have one spine -- take good care! Good Luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about spinal fusion?

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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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


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