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What should I expect with spine fusion surgery?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Spine Fusion

Lumbar fusion is more difficult to heal than cervical in most cases.
More muscle is moved, so more soreness after. Minimally invasive techniques seem to be less painful and certainly are associated with less bleeding. Hospital stays are in the 2-3 day range for most lumbar fusions. Cervical fusion is usually outpatient or overnight. Arm pain gone quickly, sore throat for a couple days. Quick retrn.

In brief: Spine Fusion

Lumbar fusion is more difficult to heal than cervical in most cases.
More muscle is moved, so more soreness after. Minimally invasive techniques seem to be less painful and certainly are associated with less bleeding. Hospital stays are in the 2-3 day range for most lumbar fusions. Cervical fusion is usually outpatient or overnight. Arm pain gone quickly, sore throat for a couple days. Quick retrn.
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