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Will lumbar spinal fusion surgery affect my ability to move?

After lumbar spinal fusion surgery (a surgery to join two or more spinal bones -- vertebrae -- so that they eventually grow into one solid bone), you will lose the movement between the vertebrae that are fused. Whether you notice the change in your day-to-day life will depend on how many vertebrae were fused and the types of activities you are used to doing. Most people do notice a minor loss of flexibility, but it does not affect them significantly. In fact, many patients are able to do much more than they could before surgery, since the bone movement before surgery was abnormal and painful.

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