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How could the spine bend after it's had fusions?
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Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: It doesn't
The goal of fusion is to get the bone of 2 adjacent vertebrae to grow together and thus stop the motion at that segment.
The segments above and below will take up some of the motion and you will be stiffer. The reality, though, is that the majority of your bending motion comes from the hips rather than the spine and most patients don't notice a big difference after a 1 to 3 level fusion.

In brief: It doesn't
The goal of fusion is to get the bone of 2 adjacent vertebrae to grow together and thus stop the motion at that segment.
The segments above and below will take up some of the motion and you will be stiffer. The reality, though, is that the majority of your bending motion comes from the hips rather than the spine and most patients don't notice a big difference after a 1 to 3 level fusion.
Dr. Vikas Patel
Dr. Vikas Patel
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Assuming the fusions
Are healed, you move through the unfused regions of the spine and at the hips as well where the head joins the neck.

In brief: Assuming the fusions
Are healed, you move through the unfused regions of the spine and at the hips as well where the head joins the neck.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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