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Yes. Some patients may need physical therapy after Spine Surgery, but they are able to walk when they are discharged from the hospital. Here is an interesting article related to spine surgery, titled Spinal Surgery Comes of Age, which will surely help you with important and useful information related to this issue. ...

No, most patients that underwent Spine Surgery are able to return to all their favorite activities and sports. Most patients return to non-contact sporting activities (running, weightlifting, exercises) approximately 4 to 6 months after surgery. Before returning to all activities, including contact sports, the spine must be fully healed. It ...

Most surgeons prescribe strong pain medicines to patients after scoliosis surgery. Patients who have not used opiate pain killers before usually stop needing them within 2 to 4 weeks after surgery. If the patient has used these medicines frequently before surgery, it may take longer to stop needing them. It is best to stop taking these stron...

After spinal fusion most people have enough motion in their backs to perform all activities of daily living and most sports. If you participate in activities that require a tremendous amount of flexibility, it may take a while to adapt. Most people find that within a year or so their backs begin to feel "normal" when participating in t...

If rods are used in a fusion, they usually do not need to be removed. However, a few people may require rod removal for a variety of reasons.   ...

Pain control varies between different doctors and hospitals. In many cases, a PCA (patient controlled anesthesia machine) is used, which injects a small dose of pain medicine intravenously when you push a button. Some surgeons use an intravenous catheter (small plastic tube placed in a vein) to provide the medication. The pain relief system that...

Most Bone Graft surgeries last from 4 to 12 hours, depending on the size of the patient's curve and how much of the spine needs to be fused. Here are the best Bone Graft clinics to choose from, depending on what procedure you need to udergo.     ...

A bone graft is primarily used to stimulate bone healing. It increases bone production and helps the vertebrae heal together into a solid bone. In the past, a bone graft harvested from the patient's hip was the only option for fusing the vertebrae. This type of graft is called an autograft. Harvesting a bone graft requires an additional ...

Immediately after surgery, there will be more pain than before, but this usually resolves over a period of a few weeks to a few months. Most patients report that their back pain is better at 1 year from surgery than it was beforehand. The x-ray on the left shows two large curves that require surgery. The x-ray of the same patient o...

Because your spinal bones protect your spinal cord, your surgeon will move the bones only as far as is safe. The degree of correction from surgery depends on how flexible your scoliosis is before your operation. In general, the more flexible your curve is, the better the correction from surgery. Your doctor can measure your flexibility before su...

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