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Post-Fusion Pain

Spinal fusion is used to fuse together two, three or more vertebrae of the spine. This prevents them from moving independently of one another. During spinal fusion surgery, small pieces of bone and various types of hardware are used to secure the vertebrae, preventing any further movement.

 

Recovery

During the recovery period, you will remain in the hospital for two to three days, depending on how extensive your procedure was. As you continue to recover, you will experience generalized pain that, in most cases, can be controlled by over the counter medication. While you are healing, your spine will begin to adjust to its new limitations. As this occurs, the type of pain you experience may gradually change.

Vulnerability to Post-Fusion Pain

Every surgery has risks. With any type of spinal surgery, there certain things that may make you more vulnerable to post-fusion pain. The extensiveness of the surgery and your limited mobility are two of the most common. Improper spinal alignment is also a contributor.

Why Does Post-Fusion Pain Occur?

Post-fusion pain can occur for a variety of reasons. The more intricate your surgery, the more likely you are to experience pain. Due to the increased stress on the vertebrae, ligaments, and other connective tissue, bone spurs may start to form. These can be extremely painful, causing extreme discomfort with every movement.

Not everyone will have post-fusion pain. Those who do, however, will want to maintain close contact with their physician throughout the healing process to ensure that everything is going as planned.


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