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Body Shape Change Post Fusion Surgery?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey everyone

Has anyone esle noticed a change in their body shape post fusion surgery?

My back was always flat, but now the natural curve has been manufactured - and my back has a nice curve as well as scar, my stomach seems to have been pushed forward! Ok I have put on 6 lbs in weight, but I should still be able to do up the zips!!!

Anyone else see a change?


  • several things. I agree about the stomach thing.

    I am taller - which is true - doc said he added almost an inch to my height, and my back also has a weird kind of a "pad" for lack of a better word where the incision was. This is sometimes really swollen when I overdue it and at other times almost completely flat. I can tell when I have really overdone it by this area and how swollen it gets. I hope that goes away eventually.
  • Prior to my fusion, I always wore my pants about belly button high. Now I have to wear them lower because the waistband is too tight. I am the same weight as I was before the fusion and my pants are the same size.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • I now have one hip higher than the other since I had my fusion at L4 & L5. My slacks do not fit right! One pants leg is longer than the other now. To get them the same length I have to buy them to long and then take them up until they are the right length. They also want to twist around to the left. ~X( I love to wear longer flowing dresses and that hides my higher hip problem. I can't wear skirts coz they wanna twist to the left too.
    I hate being "crooked" like this but wat ya gonna do? Thank goodness I can hide it. :D
    Best to all...
    Hugsssssssssss >:D<
  • Yup, your shape changes & like others, I can't really figure it out..no weight gain, no tape-measure "evidence" but I can't stand snything over my incision nor do jeans seem comfy anymore, or any other "constructed" styles or harsh fabrics.. I still have a nice lordic curve, etc. & flat tummy, but it feels different from the inside--just weird!!

    Love elastic waistbands & dresses! I usually still wear a soft brace while teaching b/c it helps remind me not to BLT & provides a bit of support....I often add a fake flower to the front of it & think of it as a trendy belt...!

    You do what you must!

    And anything against my hardware area just kills me!

    Maybe we should start a company that specializes in post-fusion fashions! :)

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