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How harmful is a spinal fusion surgery?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends if it

Is necessary. If you are having motor weakness or instability of the spine, then it is beneficial.
If you are not, then follow up on other options as these surgeries, when not indicated, more often then not trade pain at one level for pain at the next level from the fusion. These surgeries can lead to pain if not needed, so make sure it is absolute necessary before moving ahead.

In brief: Depends if it

Is necessary. If you are having motor weakness or instability of the spine, then it is beneficial.
If you are not, then follow up on other options as these surgeries, when not indicated, more often then not trade pain at one level for pain at the next level from the fusion. These surgeries can lead to pain if not needed, so make sure it is absolute necessary before moving ahead.
Dr. Robert Kent
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