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What spinal fusion surgery?

What spinal fusion surgery?

Joining bone togethe: A spinal fusion is a procedure used to join two spinal motion units together. It is designed to stop all motion of the motion segment. It may be performed with or without the usages of screws and rods. It is performed for spinal instability . It is like welding 2 pieces of metal together. ...Read more

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Spine Surgery (Definition)

This is surgery to treat disorders of the spine. It may be a discectomy, laminectomy, or fusion. Fusion surgery usually means using special plates and screws whic typically stay in permanently. Many of these procedures can be performed ...Read more


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What is spine surgery fusion?

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What is spine surgery fusion?

Spine Stabilization : Spine fusion surgery locks adjacent vertebral segments together permanently. Except in the neck, it should be reserved for patients with symptomatic instability of the spine (i.e. Fracture, severe deformity, slipped vertebra pinching a nerve). In the neck, because the surgical approach to treat a pinched nerve is often through a disk, fusion without significant instability is appropriate. ...Read more

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What is spinal decompression and spine fusion surgery?

What is spinal decompression and spine fusion surgery?

Different surgeries: Spinal decompression surgery is performed nerve root impingement-usually from bone or ligaments in the spinal canal or where the nerve roots exit-the neuroforamena. Generally called a laminectomy, it involves removing bone and ligament from the spine. A spinal fusion locks together two or more segments of the spine, usually with screws and rods. Bone is added as well to allow the bones to knit. ...Read more

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Has anyone done a posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery?

Has anyone done a posterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery?

Sure: This is a very good operation for the right patient. It provides both decompression and stabilization and has good results for the great majority of patients. ...Read more

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Lumbar stenosis surgery safety?

Lumbar stenosis surgery safety?

Very safe: Most of these surgeries are done on an out patient basis w/ the patient returning to work w/in few days. These surgeries are done on a minimally invasive fashion w/ typically excellent results. ...Read more

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Can neurosurgeons perform spinal fusion surgery (arthrodesis) on lower back areas?

Can neurosurgeons perform spinal fusion surgery (arthrodesis) on lower back areas?

Sure: Depends on training look for a team or a fellowship trained spinal surgeon neuro or ortho1 year of additional spine training. ...Read more

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Neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon for neck surgery? Possible fusion or discectomy.

Neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon for neck surgery? Possible fusion or discectomy.

Either will do as --: Both of them should be trained in doing these surgeries. The orthopod should be a spinal surgeon. Your pcp canhelp you as to who to go to. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does lumbar spinal stenosis require surgery?

Does lumbar spinal stenosis require surgery?

Depends: If the symptoms aren't bad then i generally do not recommend surgery. If someone can't walk a block and has failed physical therapy and epidural steroids, surgery can be helpful. ...Read more

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Opinions on axialif for lumbar fusion?

Opinions on axialif for lumbar fusion?

AxiaLIF: The axialif procedure has many advantages for the right indication. Although dr. Connolly emphasizes the potential for bowel injury, the risk is extremely low and is even safer in larger patients in which minimally invasive techniques are most helpful based on a larger fat pad between the spine and the rectum. New retractors also improve safety. I am very happy with my fusion rates. ...Read more

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Is sacroiliac joint fusion surgery a major surgery?

Is sacroiliac joint fusion surgery a major surgery?

Safe but yes: The si joint fusion is only indicated for patients that have failed extensive conservative care and have been symptomatic for at least 6 months. It is a viable option but most patients will get better with appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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What's the rehabilitation after lumbosacral spine surgery?

What's the rehabilitation after  lumbosacral spine surgery?

Varies: It depends completely on the nature of the surgery performed. Some of the minimally invasive surgeries we perform have little or no down time. Other, much more extensive surgeries, may have recovery times that extend several months. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Back surgery - spine ortho vs neurosurgeon?

Back surgery - spine ortho vs neurosurgeon?

Ortho biased: As an orthopaedic surgeon, i feel our 5yrs of residency plus fellowship training in spine surgery, give us an advantage in treating spinal problems. We are well versed in biomechanics, bone healing and metabolism, as well as biomaterials. Our knowledge base is grounded in musculoskeletal care, which includes bone, joint, muscle, nerve, ligament, tendon and skin. ...Read more

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What is posterior spinal fusion with instrumentation surgery?

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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Having scoliosis surgery and fusion to thoracolumbar spine to pelvis and l5/s1 decompression with multilevel osteotomies. What happens in surgery ?

Having scoliosis surgery and fusion to thoracolumbar spine to pelvis and l5/s1 decompression with multilevel osteotomies.  What happens in surgery ?

Lumbar scoliosis: Simple. Incision made in back to visualize spine to be fused. Length of incision appropriate for fusion. The facet joints are removed and the bone prepared for fusion. At l5-s1, facet and disk removed, and spacer placed into disk along with bone graft. Multiple laminectomy and facet excisions (osteotomy) to make spine more flexible. Rods/screws placed to maintain correction. Bone graft placed. ...Read more

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Recovery time from surgery for herniated disk?

Recovery time from surgery for herniated disk?

Usually 6-10 weeks.: Usually 6-10 weeks. People heal in different time frames. During the healing process, i advise patients to avoid heavy lifting or strenuos activity. I do encourage them to begin a walking program. Check out spine-health.Com. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is decompressive surgery for spine?

What is decompressive surgery for spine?

This means that the : Contents of the spine's canal (nerve tissue) is being pinched and needs to be freed by removing whatever may be compressing it which could be. A disc herniation, tumor, arthritic changes, blood clot or the canal was just too small to begin with. The most common way to do this is by removing a portion of the "roof" of the spine or lamina & is called a laminectomy. There are other approaches too. ...Read more

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Is non surgical spine decompression good for spine problems?

Depends: It depends on the extent of your spine problems. It may help if you have an anatomical compression. ...Read more

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Is transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion a very common procedure?

Is transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion a very common procedure?

It is very common.: Transforaminal interbody fusion, or tlif, is a common spinal procedure. It is just one of many tools used in spine surgery. It's important that the decision for surgery be made carefully, and that the particular combination of procedures be individualized for a person's anatomy and symptoms. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Activity after fused: Given that rods were removed, i must assume that the fusion is solid. Therefore, there are really no restrictions for you in a solidly fused lumbar spine. Core exercises like pilates/piyo/yoga are great (your flexibility will be limited, obviously). Aerobic exercises as tolerated and continue to progress as tolerated. ...Read more

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery (Definition)

An orthopedic surgeon who further specializes in the ...Read more