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spineuniverse.com September 24, 2008
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Did my surgeon mess up?
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Question:
How can I know if I have pseudoarthrosis (failed fusion)?
I had a fusion at L4-S1 21 months ago with considerable improvement after 6 months and very little change since.  Is something wrong?
—Litchfield, CT

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Answer:
No, it sounds like you had a very successful surgery
and fusion!

It usually takes six to nine months for your bones to fuse after spinal fusion surgery. In the months following your surgery, you probably had follow-up appointments with your surgeon to check on your progress. During those apointments, he or she most likely had x-rays or CT scans done.

By looking at those x-rays and/or CT scans, your surgeon would know that your bones hadn't fused if...

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Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, ANP This Week's Expert
Nicola V. Hawkinson, RN, RNFA, NP
Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
NYU - Hospital for Joint Diseases
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Back and Neck Pain SurveyIs back pain a national health crisis?

If ever there was a time to think about it, it's now—with 41 days to go before America chooses a new President. This is the time to think about the big issues, and health care is one of the biggest.

Put country first and help America deal with back pain, the affects-almost-everyone condition. Speak up for the change we need to reduce back and neck pain. Take our survey.

(And no, we're not going all political on you. We're just helping you think about how America can approach back pain better.)

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Low Back Pain Patients Needed

Spinal surgeons around the country are now enrolling candidates for this clinical trial. This clinical trial will study the safety and effectiveness of the DIAM™ device for treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) at a single level between L2-L5.

The DIAM™ Spinal Stabilization System clinical trial is for patients with moderate lumbar (low back) degenerative disc disease. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 70 years with moderate low back pain secondary to lumbar degenerative disc disease at one level may meet selection criteria. Patients selected to participate in this trial will either undergo posterior (rear) spine surgery to implant the DIAM™ device or receive non-operative treatment.

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Back Pain and Aging
Don't Ignore Your Back Pain

September is Healthy Aging Month, and at SpineUniverse, we want to help you age without back pain.

Our biggest tip: don't procrastinate. If you have back pain that won't go away, get in to see your doctor. Don't let it get worse and compound into a major problem years down the road.

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