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Distruption of fusion - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
User :   what would happen if i had an instrumented fusion at l5-s1 and fell down? could this disrupt my fusion?
Doctor :  
It will not usually disrupt the fusion
User :   not an inter fusion,
User :   just a graft
Doctor :  
But the impact of the fall matters
User :   5 wks after surgery?
Doctor :  
How did you fall?
User :   i slipped
Doctor :  
I mean where were you hurt when you fell?
User :   hit my butt and yanked my arms... hyper extended my back
Doctor :  
What is your age?
User :   42
Doctor :   Was the healing good?
Doctor :  
as told by the doctor
User :   it snatched my back very hard.
User :   it felt like i had been electrocuted al the way down my legs
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i was still in my brace
User :   could this pull my graft out
Doctor :   Not really
User :   only 5 wks after?
Doctor :  
But I still feel you should get it checked
Doctor :  
once with the treating surgeon
User :   what about noninstruented?
User :   would this pull out the graft?
User :   without hardware
Doctor :  
What do you man
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
Non instrumented
User :   yes
Doctor :  
Do you mean if not instruments were put
Doctor :  
over the graft
User :   right
User :   no hardware
User :   just a plf
Doctor :  
Instruments were more secure
Doctor :  
but graft usually stays well

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