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Frequently Asked Questions

What are common causes of back pain?

How do disc injuries cause back pain?

What is the difference between a herniated disc and a bulging disc?

Is it true that a bulging disc can be normal?

How did I herniate my disc?

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

What is the treatment for herniated discs?

What is degenerative disc disease (DDD)?

What is lumbar instability?

What is spinal stenosis?

What is the treatment for spinal stenosis?

My doctor told me that I have arthritis of my spine and that I should learn to live with the pain. Is this true?

When is surgery necessary for patients with spine problems?

What is a laminectomy?

My spinal specialist said I need a fusion. Is that true?

If I have a fusion does that mean I will never be able to bend?

My spinal specialist said he would be using implants in my spine. Is this really necessary?

Does it matter what screws and rods my surgeon uses?

Will fusing my spine cause damage to adjacent areas?

What are the risks associated with spinal surgery?

Do I need to wear a brace after surgery?

Does my insurance cover low back surgery?

How quickly can I expect to recover from surgery?

I have heard people talk about less invasive back surgeries. What are these? How do I know if I am a candidate?

Will I have to have physical therapy? If so, for how long?

Will I have to take medication for pain? Are there any medications I should be concerned about?

I hear that men should not have fusion surgery. Is this true?

What are some of the complications associated with fusion surgery?

How many times will I need to see my surgeon after surgery?

Why do some surgeons approach the spine from the back and others through the abdomen?

What are the risks from going in the from the front?

What are the risks from going in from the back?

My doctor said he would be using a bone graft. What does this mean? What is a bone graft?

My spinal specialist said he will take the bone graft from my hip. How big is that incision compared to the spine surgery?

Are there any alternatives to having a bone graft taken from my hip?

What are the differences between bone taken from my hip and donor bone?

I have heard people talk about the pain associated with harvesting bone from the hip. Does this happen to everyone and how long does it last?

Are there any potential complications with harvesting bone from my hip?

My spinal specialist said that he will perform the fusion from my back and will harvest bone from my hip without a separate incision. Will I be able to tell the difference between that pain and the main procedure pain?

I have heard people talk about hip pain after harvesting lasting up to two years or longer. Is that true?

 

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