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Can you grow after spinal fusion

I had spinal fusion 6 months ago,I'm 5'7 and I really wanna be 5'9 even 5'8 would be great, so I have to grow 3-5cm,will I grow that much in my spine?or even my legs?i have pretty long legs anyways,and also I heard online that you can go back for an outpatient procedure called rid lengthening I have no clue what that is,and I'm 15 by the way


  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 767
    edited 01/09/2014 - 2:16 PM
    Hi Michael,

    So the answer to your question is yes, you will continue to grow, but not from your fused spine. Your total height includes growth from other parts of your skeleton, not just your spine. The long bones of the human leg comprise nearly half of adult height. Long bones can continue to grow until a few years past puberty. The other primary skeletal component of height are the vertebrae and skull. Once your vertebrae that have been fused fill in with bone, that area will no longer continue to grow. You will, however, continue to grow at the levels above and below your fusion. So how much you will grow depends on how many levels you fused and how much your unfused vertebrae and your long bones can make up for the loss of growth in the fused area.

    How many levels did you fuse?
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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