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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I had my pre op today and there was a passing comment on becoming taller after I've had the fusion and discs replaced. I'm sure he said 75mm and it wasn't until relaying the conversation that my son said thats about 3 inches!!! Surely I won't gain 3"????

I'm just about 6 foot already (tall for a lady) and don't need anymore. But then, maybe I've shrunk as the DDD set in, so I'll only end up where I started. I need to measure myself and see if I am 6'. Son says I'm not (he's 6'5") so I'll do a before and after measurement.

Has anyone grown??? :?


  • My surgeon told me that due to DDD, as people grow older they shrink a little bit.

    For us fusion patients, in the same sense, DDD has caused us to get a little shorter. Whether you get a disc replacement or have a cage placed in the disc space, the new object is likely to be taller than the disc that was removed, therefore making you a slight bit taller.

    Snoopy, in your case, I assume that the new discs total 75mm in height, but you would need to subtract from that, the total height of the old discs being replaced (I assume that height is not known).
  • My NS told me to expect about a 2" gain. I did check my height the other day and I was a full 5'4".... I must of shrunk before my surgery because that is what I was when I was in high school many years ago. I have noticed that my regular jeans are not dragging any longer :D

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  • he said 7 point 5 mm rather than 75.... I hope so, but it wouldn't change my mind either way, so I'll need to stop worrying about it

    Thanks all x
  • After my fusion w/ new disc spacer, I'm 1/2" taller!

    But I was 5' 11" before...so it's like "Who cares?" for me! :)

    I have noticed that since he straighted out the spondy, I "stand" taller & more comfy...my lumbar curve (lordosis) has returned nicely, so I look "taller"...

    But at almost 6 feet to begin with, it wasn't much of a concern b4---

    Great tho, for those of you who gained a few inches who can now view the world from a higher perspective!

    Enjoy! :)

  • Well I measured and I'm 5'11" not 6', so I might have lost a bit. I'll be happy with an inch, but no more really.
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  • just over 1" (2.5cm) and am really happy about that as I ahve always wanted to be taller but as you have pointed out I probably an just back where I was :))(
    Sara O:)
  • well hello!!!!

    maybe mine went the wrong way!!!!

    i lost 3/4inch :''( and i was only 5"1 to begin with :''( :''( :''(

  • after a 9 level fusion, i am a wonderful 2 inches taller and lovin it! 5'2now;
  • Ive lost 2" since 2003 :O

    Angie x
  • =))

    No such luck for me I am afraid but I do stand a much more straightend posture. very Ballet....
    I certainly feel taller ROFL! =))
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