What are some warning signs to watch for?

Although very uncommon, the following are warning signs to be aware of:

  • the loss of sensation or movement of your arms/legs
  • losing control of your bowel or bladder
  • fever is a sign of infection
  • problems with incision (drainage, swelling, opening)

Call your doctor or seek immediate medical attention if you have these symptoms.

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Is pain normal?

After cervical fusion, you can expect pain and possibly a sore throat.

After spine fusion, you can also expect pain. Both are generally well tolerated with pain medications. Surgical neck and back pain goes away with time.

If you had arm or leg pain, numbness, or weakness before surgery, it may be better immediately after surgery, it may take weeks to months to get better, or there may be no change.

Each patient’s condition is different, and nerves do not always heal even if the problem is corrected.

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When do I see the doctor?

Approximately 6 weeks after surgery you will need a x-ray of your lumbar spine. This x-ray will show if your fusion has healed. If you are wearing a brace, the doctor will tell you if it may be removed.

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What do I do after surgery?

After surgery we recommend that you slowly increase your activity. However, you should not lift/push/pull heavy objects. Do not do any activity that causes stress or strain on your neck or back.

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