Spinal Fusion Concerns

There are possible side affects from the Spinal Fusion procedure that you need to be aware of and watching for. If you notice any of them you need to contact your doctor right away. Learn what you need to be looking out for.


When to Contact Doctor About Spinal Fusion

Alternate Names for Spinal Fusion:
Spinal arthrodesis
Vertebral interbody fusion

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms
  • Numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness, especially in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Pain, swelling in your feet, legs, or calves
  • Loss of bladder or bowel function
  • Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent blood in the urine

In case of an emergency, CALL 911 .


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