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    Failure to Fuse - What Does It Mean?

    What does it mean when a surgeon tells you that part of your back might have failed to fuse? Does that mean the area of the spine operated on never hardened? Could that be due to osteopenia?

    I asked what could be done for something like this and the answer was "fuse it again". What exactly does this mean? Another operation to do what exactly?

    The surgeon told me this could possibly be the reason for the back pain I've been left with. This is a second opinion surgeon.

    How do you diagnose failure to fuse, with imaging?
    Last edited by Tina_R; 12-24-2020 at 12:30 PM.

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