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Most patients will feel better within a couple of weeks; however, do not lift, push or pull any heavy objects until after your doctor says it is OK. It takes time for the fusion process. The bone graft must be incorporated and fuse the vertebrae together. You will have x-rays at intervals to check on the healing.
This minimally invasive procedure – using a series of tiny incisions to access the spine – fuses two or more vertebrae together to give strength and stability to the back. The procedure requires a bone graft, which is most often taken from the patient’s pelvis or hip. Screws and rods may also be inserted for additional support.
It depends on the complexity of the repair and how many vertebrae are fused.
Recovery is patient dependent, but allow for four months of restricted activities. In some cases, it takes a full year for the grafting to fully heal. Until then, patients should avoid certain activities. Your doctor can advise what you can expect based on your health status and on your expected surgical repair.
Fusion is a good treatment for many spinal conditions; however, it does not return your back to normal. Since the spine has motion between vertebrae, fusion does not allow for that level of mobility; however, your back will not be stiff after you have recovered. In some cases, patients may be encouraged to avoid twisting and lifting activities to reduce the strain on the fusion site.
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