A spinal fusion surgery, also known as lumbar fusion, carries the risk of blood clots, infection, pseudoarthrosis and nerve damage, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In some cases, the bone graft... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Spinal fusion surgery patients can expect the procedure to last for a few hours while the surgeon uses a bone graft to fuse the vertebrae together, according to WebMD. Metal plates are inserted to support the vertebrae d... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Spinal fusion surgery is a procedure that permanently fuses two or more vertebrae in the spine, according to Mayo Clinic. During the surgery, the surgeon adds pieces of bone between the vertebrae to facilitate growth bet... More » Health Conditions & Diseases
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Complications and side effects of spinal fusion surgery include infection, poor wound healing, bleeding, blood clots, and pain at the bone graft site, according to Mayo Clinic. Longer-term risks include accelerated risks... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Risk factors that affects recovery after a spinal fusion surgery include infection, blood clotting, fusion failure, bone graft pain, nerve injury and graft infection. The risks a person may experience depends on age, per... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Wearing a back brace after spinal fusion surgery is often recommended to keep the spine aligned correctly, according to Mayo Clinic. Physical rehabilitation is used to teach the patient to keep the spine properly aligned... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Recovery from spinal fusion surgery takes a minimum of three to four months and may continue more than a year after surgery for complete bone healing, according to MedicineNet. Young, healthy patients with sedentary jobs... More » Health Conditions & Diseases