How harmful is a spinal fusion surgery?

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.

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What happens after a spinal fusion surgery?

Consult your surgeon. I recommend you consult your surgeon about the expectations of your surgery. Wishing you the best. Read more...
Depends. There are many types of spinal fusion procedures, with different anatomical approaches, locations, implants, and techniques. The most important aspect of the surgery is the actual bone growth that occurs over months (yrs) that causes the bones treated to fuse (connect) with a solid bone connection. For more specific information, talk to your surgeon. Read more...

Could a spinal fusion surgery stunt your growth?

Perhaps. It depends on the age of the person having the fusion (the younger you are, the more growth that may be lost), the number of bones involved (the more fused, the more potential loss). On the other hand, correcting some deformities can modestly increase height. For some young children, some pediatric deformity surgeons will use "growing rods, " delaying fusion as long as possible. Ask your surgeon. Read more...
Yes depending on the. Age of the patient interms of chlildhood ages as well as the location and extent of the fusion in terms of number of levels it can limit the length of the spine. Read more...

What to do if I had to have a spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis and I think it has failed any way to tell?

Yes. If rods have broken, screws broken, and your are having pain. Also, progressive loss of correction are signs that the bone has not healed. I reiterate, pain would be my indication of failure or progressive recurrence of deformity. So are you leaning more, stooping forward? These are signs of failure of the fusion. Read more...

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...

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...

What to do if I have spinal fusion surgery?

Go slow. Avoid lifting over 10 lbs, or excessive bending or twisting. Where was the location of the operation? lumbar or cervical spine? (lower back or neck?) walking is usually good. Ask your surgeon to be sure. Would continue to use a brace. Read more...

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...