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I had a spinal fusion a few years ago. Do I ever need to go back and have the screws checked? Or do they stay in place forever?

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Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

You should contact your surgeon and find out when he/she would like to see you.
It is important to have follow-up to assess the fusion and make sure the screws/rods are intact.

In brief: Yes

You should contact your surgeon and find out when he/she would like to see you.
It is important to have follow-up to assess the fusion and make sure the screws/rods are intact.
Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Dr. Mark Eisenberg
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Screws stay

I hope you completed your follow-up with your surgeon.
The instrumentation is generally intended to stay.

In brief: Screws stay

I hope you completed your follow-up with your surgeon.
The instrumentation is generally intended to stay.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Screws are followed until a solid fusion is seen screw good at 18 momths stay good for life with a solid fusion.

In brief: Yes

Screws are followed until a solid fusion is seen screw good at 18 momths stay good for life with a solid fusion.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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