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Is continued back pain common after a lumbar fusion?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine
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In brief: Yes

I do not know what your other symptoms were, but when it comes to pain back surgery does not always resolve the issue.
Be diligent with your physical therapy.

In brief: Yes

I do not know what your other symptoms were, but when it comes to pain back surgery does not always resolve the issue.
Be diligent with your physical therapy.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Sometimes

This depends on why you needed a fusion in the first place.
Some diagnoses carry a good outcome with fusions & others are less satisfactory especially when done for back pain without a clear deformity or instability, other factors include the method & # of levels involved as well as your age, weight, smoking hx, is it a primary or revision case, any complications, & the surgeon's experience.

In brief: Sometimes

This depends on why you needed a fusion in the first place.
Some diagnoses carry a good outcome with fusions & others are less satisfactory especially when done for back pain without a clear deformity or instability, other factors include the method & # of levels involved as well as your age, weight, smoking hx, is it a primary or revision case, any complications, & the surgeon's experience.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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